Climate change

Expert workshop on tracking climate finance flows from the private sector and multilateral development banks


10 November 2011

Organised by the OECD / IEA Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) and
the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD)

International Energy Agency, Paris

This workshop was organised to share experience of existing methodologies to track private sector flows for climate change and to discuss how these methodologies could be reinforced; and to raise the level of understanding of the integration of climate change flows from multilateral development banks (MDB)  into the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Creditor Reporting System (CRS) database. It was held back-to-back with a meeting of the OECD Working Party on Climate, Investment and Development.


Agenda in pdf form     List of participants     Chair's summary

Welcoming remarks

Workshop Chair: Hedwig Riegler, Chair of OECD DAC Working Party on Statistics

1. Introduction: Context for workshop in terms of the climate negotiations, current flows of climate support, definitions of official and private flows

• Jane Ellis, Environment Directorate, OECD: Context and purpose of Workshop

• Jessica Brown, Department of State, USA
• Julia Benn, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD: DAC statistical frameworkDAC web site.


2. Methodologies for tracking private sector investments in the carbon market

  • Methodologies
  • Data availability and features
  • Challenges and risks

• Andreas Arvanitakis, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon: "Counting carbon finance"

• Erik Haites, Margaree Consultants: "Carbon market investment and financial flows"


• Seyni Nafo, Agence de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable, Mali
• François Beaurain, CDC Climat Asset Management

3. Public sector interventions to leverage private sector finance (outside the carbon market)


Presentation:  • Jessica Brown, Department of State, USA
                        • Cécile Sangaré, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD

  • Stocktake of existing methodologies to calculate leverage ratios
  • Leveraging vs. co-financing: how to avoid double counting?

   a. Public finance extended with specific climate change objectives

  • Case studies: analyse the flows and how to capture private sector investment
  • Data availability and features
  • Challenges and risks

• Gail Warrander, Department for International Development, UK
• Cyrille Arnould, Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund
• Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany (name TBC)
   b. Public finance without specific climate change objectives but that is climate-relevant

  • Examples of flows with potential climate benefits
  • Data availability and features
  • Challenges and risks

• Andre Loozekoot, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
• Michael Gonter, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
• Nauman Bashir Bhatti, Second Secretary Diplomatic Mission of Pakistan to Germany, Pakistan


Lunch break


4. Fully private sector flows contributing to climate benefits
(e.g. venture capital, private equity, public market, asset financing and merger and acquisition, and experience with sustainability indices)

  • Case studies
  • Data availability and features
  • Challenges and risks


• Abraham Louw, Bloomberg New Energy Finance: "Clean energy data: private and public capital flows"

• Assaad Razzouk, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
• Ayse Bertrand, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

5. Integration of climate finance flows of multilateral development banks into the OECD DAC CRS database

• Valérie Gaveau, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD: "Attributing climate finance through multilateral institutions"

• Claudio Alatorre, Inter-American Development Bank: "Low-carbon, climate-resilient development finance tracking in MDBs"


• Philippe Ambrosi, World Bank
• Matthias Zoellner, European Investment Bank



Further reading: 

International Energy Agency work on climate change

OECD work on Financing climate change action

OECD DAC / CRS web site

World Bank website on Climate Finance