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Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative

Alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, climate-friendly transportation and climate resilient resource management are just some of the many areas in which the Inter-American Development Bank is leading the way in setting high sustainability standards. These standards are part of the Bank’s commitment of providing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the best available technologies and practices to ensure economic viability, social equity, and environmental integrity.

The goals of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative are centered around the provision of comprehensive sustainability options in areas related to the energy, transportation, water and environmental sectors as well as building climate resilience in key priority areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Initiative consists of four strategic pillars:

In 2009 as part of the development and management of the Initiative, the IDB created the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit (ECC). More


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Latest Publications

  • The Economics of Water Infrastructure Investment Timing and Location under Climate Change

    Corderi, David;Lund, Jay R.;Williams, Jeffrey

    Date: Aug, 2016

    The Dong Nai Delta in Vietnam has been projected to face long-term changes in physical conditions stemming from climate change. Sea level rise combined with changes in the hydrologic cycle will result in increased salinity conditions, causing significant damage to the current style of agricultural production. Adapting to these changes in salinity will require not only adjusting the cropping patterns, but also new water infrastructure investments. Two important questions arise for planners and practitioners. First, a balance needs to be found with regards to the appropriate timing of the investment. An important amount of investment is needed for new water infrastructure while salinity will increase gradually over time. Second, considerable tradeoffs exist with respect to the location of the investment arising from the morphological characteristics of the delta. Constructing water infrastructure closer to the sea implies a higher investment cost. However, the additional benefits will be reduced since regions closer to the sea already have lower agricultural productivity due to greater salinity. This paper develops an economic model to analyse the optimal timing and location of water infrastructure investments in the Dong Nai Delta of Vietnam.

  • 2015 Joint Report On Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);World Bank (WB);European Investment Bank (EIB);European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD);Asian Development Bank (ADB);African Development Bank (AfDB)

    Date: Aug, 2016

    This fifth edition of the Joint Multilateral Development Banks' Report on Climate Finance reports on financing committed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG), and the World Bank Group (WBG), to climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and activities in 2015. This year's report was coordinated by ADB. The data and statistics presented in this year's report comply with the methodologies developed by the MDBs and applied uniformly to the MDBs' portfolios. In this report, the term "MDB climate finance" refers to the financial resources committed by MDBs to development operations and components thereof, which deliver climate change mitigation and adaptation co-benefits in developing and emerging economies. Collectively, the MDBs committed USD 25,096 million in climate finance in 2015 -USD 20,072 million for mitigation finance and USD 5,024 million for adaptation finance. Since 2011, the MDBs have financed more than USD 131 billion in climate action in developing and emerging economies. The net total climate co-finance committed in 2015 alongside MDB resources was USD 55,749 million. When combined with the MDB climate finance, the total climate finance is USD 80,845 million, as shown in the figure below. This is the first edition of the Joint MDBs' Report on Climate Finance to include climate co-finance.

  • Climate Change Projections in Latin America and the Caribbean: Review of Existing Regional Climate Models' Outputs

    Ríos Flores, Ramiro Alberto;Taddia, Alejandro Pablo;Grunwaldt, Alfred;Jones, Russel;Streeter, Richard

    Date: Jul, 2016

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) acknowledges the challenges the region faces and is developing a set of publications, guidelines and tools to increase knowledge of the vulnerability of transport infrastructure. The objective of this document is to disseminate the methods used by IDB to develop climate change projections based on key vulnerability assessment maps for 26 countries in LAC. Realistic Greenhouse gas emissions scenarios were used to develop different sets of climate projections (precipitation, temperature and sea level rise) and their potential impact on the transport sector.

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of the IDB's Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative

    Crespo, Anna Risi Vianna;Puerta, Juan Manuel;Corrales, Maria Elena;Stone, Leslie F.;Biau, Julie;Quintanilla, Oscar;Rivera, Johanan

    Date: Jun, 2016

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has historically been very active in engaging in the region in urban projects, particularly urban improvement programs. This document presents OVE's approach to evaluate IDB's support to cities through the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI). This evaluation was requested by the Board of Directors and included in OVE's work program for 2016-2017. It has as its main objective to assess ESCI's value-added to IDB's support to urban development.

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