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.



Using green investment banks to scale up private investment

This chapter introduces green investment banks as a relatively new type of institution focused on increasing private investment in domestic low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure and other green sectors. Given the variety of existing public and private financial institutions that support green infrastructure investments, the chapter situates green investment banks within this wider context. The chapter closes with a discussion of factors governments may consider when evaluating the need to create a green investment bank. The chapter serves as a detailed introduction to green investment banks for policy makers and as an extended summary of the main messages of the report.


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