Green Investment Banks

Scaling up Private Investment in Low-carbon, Climate-resilient Infrastructure

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This report provides the first comprehensive study of publicly capitalised green investment banks (GIBs), analysing the rationales, mandates and financing activities of this relatively new category of public financial institution. Based on the experience of over a dozen GIBs and GIB-like entities, the report provides a non-prescriptive stock-taking of the diverse ways in which these public institutions are catalysing private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure and other green sectors, with a spotlight on energy efficiency projects. The report also provides practical information to policy makers on how green investment banks are being set up, capitalised and staffed.



Green investment bank mandates and target sectors

This chapter examines the investment mandates and target sectors and sub-sectors of green investment banks. It addresses the range of green investment banks’ investment objectives including the importance of profitability, leveraging additional private investment and demonstrating that commercial investments are possible. The chapter also discusses other mandates such as promoting project replicability and encouraging standardisation. It closes with a discussion of the range of sub-sectors that green investment banks target for investment.


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