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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

  • 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;;

    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.

  • Protecting the Land

    Näslund-Hadley, Emma;Ramos, María Clara;Paredes, Juan Roberto;Bolivar, Ángela;Wilches-Chaux, Gustavo

    Date: May, 2016

    We do not live in a vacuum. Instead, we are connected to innumerable other living entities, and our individual vantage point is only one among many. When we hear people talk about protecting the land and the landscape that we enjoy, it may be helpful to consider that each of us has a personal environment, experienced from a particular point of view. This personal environment, the landscape that we see, is made up of and affected by everything we can perceive using our senses -immobile mountains, buildings, and trees; moving animals, cars, and people; changes in light, humidity, and temperatureas well as the interactions among these things. As we observe and influence these interactions, we participate in the process of creating the landscape we experience.

  • Temperature and Growth: A Panel Analysis of the United States

    Colacito, Riccardo;Hoffmann, Bridget;Phan, Toan

    Date: May, 2016

    This paper documents that seasonal temperatures have significant and systematic effects on the U.S. economy, both at the aggregate level and across a wide crosssection of economic sectors. This effect is particularly strong for the summer: an increase of 1°F in the average summer temperature is associated with a reduction in the annual growth rate of state-level output of 0:15 to 0:25 percentage points. When these estimates are combined with projected increases in seasonal temperatures it is found that a reduction of U.S. economic growth by up to one third could occur over the next century.

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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