Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure

The OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group have joined forces under an initiative entitled Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), it explores what public and private actors should do to support the radical transformation needed to align financial flows in infrastructure for low-emission, resilient development.


Events & blogs

- Past events -

3 July 2019  |OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría Lecture on Climate: Reclaiming Our Common Future | Graduate Institute, Geneva | View video

17 May 2019  | Astana Economic Forum, Financing Climate Futures event |  Agenda

14 May 2019  | Agenda - High-Level Panel, Berlin

- Blog -

Digital planet: How smart technologies can help us solve our climate and infrastructure challenges by Zoe Lagarde


Key messages

Case studies

In addition to the report, the Financing Climate Futures initiative consists of the following components:



  • Moving towards a Sustainable Future: Blockchain Technology as the Digital Infrastructure Enabler, OECD
  • Emerging Strategies for Decarbonising Energy-Intensive Industries, Imperial College

Perspectives from experts

Private sector into the low-emission transition

Watch the experts' perspectives on:

  • How do we bring the private sector into the low-emission transition? by Angel Gurría
  • How do we ensure fiscal sustainability? by Anthony Cox
  • How can we build low-emission and resilient urban societies? by Virginie Marchal
  • How do we plan infrastructure for a low-emission and resilient future? by Norbert Gorißen
  • How do we rethink development finance for climate? by Naeeda Crishna Morgado 

Fiscal sustainability

Resilient societies

Infrastructure planning

Development finance

COP24 Highlights on Aligning Finance with the Goals of the Paris Agreement

Dissemination & outreach

17 May 2019  |  Agenda, Astana

14 May 2019 | Agenda - High-Level Panel, Berlin

18 March 2019 | High-level panel on Investing in Low-emission, Resilient Development, Global Solutions Summit, Berlin

13 March 2019 | High-level breakfast on Financing Climate Futures, United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi

December 2018 | 2018 UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) events | Katowice

10 December | Financing Climate Futures event
12 December | OECD-NCE Event on the Climate-Growth Nexus
12 December | Official OECD-UNEP FI Side Event at COP24

29 November 2018 Video recording - Green Talks LIVE: Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure

28 November 2018Sherpa’s meeting, Buenos Aires
Handover of the final report by the three organisations (UN, WB and OECD) to the G20 troika (Germany, Japan, Argentina)
Launch of the report Financing Climate Futures

25 September 2018UN Headquarters, New York
The OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group hosted a high-level discussion on Financing Climate Futures. Scaling-up and shifting financial flows to low-emission and resilient infrastructure investments is critical to delivering on the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Despite some progress, radical transformations are needed to drive systemic changes in finance, infrastructure and innovation.

12 September 2018 | Financing Climate Futures: What role for cities and regions?, San Francisco

28-29 June 2018 | Seminar on Aligning Financial Flows, OECD Paris


Other OECD reports on climate change

Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

Cover Investing in Climate Investing in Growth

Climate Change Mitigation

Publication Climate Change Mitigation

Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy

Aligning policies

Objective and approach of the initiative

The initiative stems from the 2017 G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan, which called on the three organisations to “compile ongoing public and private activities within the G20 for making financial flows consistent with the Paris goals and, building on this, to analyse potential opportunities for strengthening these efforts”. Read more on the deliverables, launches and milestones (PDF).


For more information on the project,