THEMATIC STREAMS 2017

A global dialogue between government, finance and business leaders focused on UNLOCKING THE TRILLIONS needed to scale up national climate strategies

More information for 2018 will be coming soon

Innovate4Climate 2017 was organized around the following 6 thematic streams:

Scaling Up NDCs

How to translate the USD 23 trillion investment needs embedded in emerging market's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into bankable projects, effectively scale up climate finance flows, and incentivize private investments in NDC implementation? Sessions presented experience with mainstreaming climate action into national policy and strategic planning for climate finance, introduced supportive initiatives led by Multilateral Development Banks and development organizations, and discussed specific public sector interventions including risk management instruments, concessional finance, project development support, legal and policy advice, and many more.

Carbon Markets

What were the prospects and developments of carbon markets after Paris Agreement? How could Article 6 help countries increase ambition and expand the world of carbon pricing? What were the options for linking carbon markets? Sessions highlighted key recent developments and outlooks across international carbon markets - China's ETS, EU ETS, North and South American carbon market landscape - to help companies, investors, and traders understand the latest updates on designs and rules, as well as to showcase how business is reacting and investing in carbon markets.

De-risking Investments

Investing in climate mitigation and adaptation projects carries unique risks. However, there are a variety of new, innovative mechanisms to address uncertainties and drive private sector investment in renewable energy, low-carbon cities, energy efficiency, sustainable forest management, and climate smart agriculture. Sessions showcased examples of risk reduction mechanisms being applied, including blended concessional finance products and results based instruments. Various mechanisms were explored and discussed by leading experts, focusing on structuring and the applicability of innovative approaches in different sectors and markets.

Climate Resilient Development

Post-2015 global development agenda sets the direction for a broad global climate action, focusing on low-carbon growth. How do emerging markets develop in a climate-resilient way, ensuring that investments are resilient to climate variability and change? Sessions showcased and discussed approaches to delink economic growth from the growth in emissions, ensure sustainable supply of food, energy and water to growing population, and cope with risks and opportunities posed by climate change around the world.

Green Growth Policies

Climate action demands a long-term economy transformation. How to create regulatory environment to incentivize resource efficiency and reach the tipping point after which the market will start demanding green? Sessions showcased comprehensive strategies and concrete solutions applied in various markets that include enabling regulatory environments, financial products which correctly capture and amortize the additional costs, and innovative approaches to unlock private investments into climate-related projects.

Metrics and Tools

The Paris Agreement creates a bottom-up, decentralized environment where countries will adopt heterogeneous mitigation actions tailored to their domestic context. It also encourages transferring mitigation outcomes across jurisdictions, which has the potential to reduce overall costs of achieving National targets. The sessions introduced assessment tools and frameworks to guide, measure, compare, and track the progress of diverse mitigation actions. The sessions also covered how such tools and frameworks can support the development of more robust and ambitious delivery of climate finance, enhance the transparency and comparability of assorted mitigation actions, and scale up financial flows.

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