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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

  • Inter-American Development Bank Sustainability Report 2016

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Date: Mar, 2017

    This report highlights the Inter-American Development Bank's sustainability performance in 2016, both in the operations it finances and at its own facilities. It includes examples of Bank-financed work across member countries and focus areas (climate change, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable cities, natural capital, social sustainability, and safeguards). SPANISH VERSION SOON TO BE RELEASED.

  • Instrument Choice and Stranded Assets in the Transition to Clean Capital

    Rozenberg, Julie;Vogt-Schilb, Adrien;Hallegatte, Stephane

    Date: Mar, 2017

    To mitigate climate change, some governments opt for instruments focused on investment, like performance standards or feebates, instead of carbon prices. We compare these policies in a Ramsey model with clean and polluting capital, irreversible investment and a climate constraint. Alternative instruments imply different transitions to the same balanced growth path. The optimal carbon price minimizes the discounted social cost of the transition to clean capital, but imposes immediate private costs that disproportionately affect the current owners of polluting capital, in particular in the form of stranded assets. A phased-in carbon price can avoid stranded assets but still result in a drop of income for the owners of polluting capital when it is implemented. Second-best standards or feebates on new investment lead to higher total costs but avoid stranded assets, preserve the revenues of vested interests, and smooth abatement costs over individuals and time. These results suggest a trade-off between political feasibility and cost-effectiveness of environmental policies.

  • Risk Monitor

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);Hori, Tsuneki

    Date: Jan, 2017

    Riskmonitor is a system of 5 indicators that allows the representation of disaster risk and risk management at a national level, as well as the comparison among different countries of the Region. These indicators facilitate the identification of essential aspects from an economic and social perspective. It has been applied on a regular basis since 2005, to 24 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

  • 2016 Development Effectiveness Report

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Date: Dec, 2016

    The Development Effectiveness Report is an annual analysis of the performance, effectiveness, and impact of the projects and activities of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). This 2016 edition once again reports on the development impacts of the projects that the MIF has tested and scaled up throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, using the MIF results framework that was presented to MIF donors in 2013. Since 2014 was the first year that the MIF reported these results, this year's report relies on three years of gathered data to compare results and identify trends and changes. This report also features a retrospective view of MIF II accomplishments from 2007 through 2015, and gives highlights of the MIF portfolio in execution of 418 projects and of its investment and loan portfolio. The report concludes with stories of 10 ongoing projects that fit into the MIF's three new focus areas and that have begun to show results.

Curbing Climate Change

    Curbing Climate Change

    Energy conservation and investment in renewable energies are among the keys to mitigating the threat.
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