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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

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

    Date: Apr, 2016

    Climate change presents huge challenges for humankind. Yet within these challenges lie myriad opportunities for people of all ages, including professional opportunities in exciting, influential fields such as public administration, education, and engineering. The interviews in this chapter will help your students explore some of the possibilities for careers in the fields of climate change, environmental protection, and sustainability.

  • Riquelme, Rodrigo;Méndez, Paola;Smith, Ianthe

    Date: Apr, 2016

    This publication looks into the Solid Waste Sector situation in nine Caribbean countries: The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Adequate solid waste management is a particularly sensitive issue for them. This publication provides a detailed overview of the institutional arrangements in these countries, describes the main challenges and recommendations for solid waste collection, treatment and disposal, and discusses topics such as the financial sustainability and the impact of climate change on the sector.

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

    Date: Apr, 2016

    Once upon a time, there was a place with good soil for plants and good sources of water for wild animals. Many, many plants grew there, and many wild animals made it their home. People liked it too. In fact, so many people wanted it to be their home, they built a city. The world's big cities -that are now full of skyscrapers and wide concrete avenues, and where the only wild animals live in zoos- once looked very different. Many were farms. A few were jungles or swamps. A handful were desert oases. Even today, cities cannot be separated from the natural environment. Natural ecosystems provide the resources that cities need to develop and grow, including water, clean air, soil, food, and energy.

  • Coastal Resilience in the Caribbean

    Lemay, Michele H.;Cotta, Jamie;Del Río Paracolls, Carmen

    Date: Apr, 2016

    Communities which are heavily dependent on coastal ecosystems will suffer catastrophic effects from climate change. Can we reduce these impacts by enhancing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems in order to stabilize shorelines, reduce flooding and improve public access?

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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