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.


Latest news & blogs

- New ebook -

 (Spanish version), 12 March 2021

- Blogs & Articles -

Fighting the climate emergency? Enter national development banks, by Naeeda Crishna Morgado and Özlem Taskin

Changing Gear on Climate: How to transform our investment model by Virginie Marchal and Kate Kooka

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, a series of 5 case studies and 1 key findings that dive deeper in specific jurisdictions, technologies and development finance are available below.

Another component of the report is the UN Environment publication , which explores the benefit of scenarios and foresight approaches in informing climate policies, infrastructure investments and financing decisions today to trigger the transformation needed.

Case Study: Digital Finance and Citizen Action

Case Study: Financing a Resilient Urban Future

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Case Study: Achieving Clean Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Cover Photo _ Achieving Clean Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Case Study: Financing Climate Objectives in Cities and Regions

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

13-15 November 2019  | International Climate Change Conference 2019 - Challenges and Solutions | Bratislava, Slovak Republic 

6-8 November |  - INDO EBTKE 2019 | Jakarta International Expo, Indonesia

8 October 2019 |  | National Convention Center, San Jose, Costa Rica

13 September 2019 | Enabling Sustainable Infrastructure Investment with Blockchain, OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum | OECD Paris

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, Kazakhstan

14 May 2019 | Agenda, Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Berlin

3 May 2019 | Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure Mexico City, Mexico

29 March 2019 | , Resilient Development in Lithuania, Vilnius

22 March 2019 | , Beijing, China

18 March 2019 | , Global Solutions Summit, Berlin

13 March 2019 | , United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi

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

Climate Change Mitigation

Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy

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).


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