Watch online the ICCG B. Buchner, Ch. Knowles and Ch. Grossmann Lectures on “Climate Finance”

From webinars to publications, from the Best Climate Practices contest to the research activities of the observatories, the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has dealt with the Hot Topic of 2016 "Climate Finance" in a variety of ways. ICCG closes the year by concluding the video lecture series on "Climate Finance". The lecture series features international experts who address the theme in a simple and accessible way, providing definitions, case studies, and examples of solutions and best practices.


Lecture 1

The influence of the Paris Agreement on the climate finance agenda

Given by: Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative

The Paris Agreement commits countries to holding global temperature rise well below 2 degrees and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. Significant investments are needed to meet this target and accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. In this video-lecture, Barbara Buchner explains how to scale up financing for climate actions and how to translate countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into real investment plans.

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Lecture 2

Climate Finance: towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy

Given by: Christopher Knowles, Head of Climate, European Investment Bank

In this video lecture, Christopher Knowles introduces the main instruments and policies to redirect investments from high carbon to low-carbon infrastructures, stressing the importance of pricing emissions. Moreover, he talks about measures investors can adopt to influence climate change positively, such as due diligence, decarbonization of investment portfolios, carbon accounting, disclosure, valuation of carbon stranding.

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Lecture 3

The role of Multilateral Development Banks in supporting climate action in developing countries

Given by: Christian Grossmann, Director of Climate Change, World Bank Group


The last video lecture investigates the role of international finance institutions in helping developing countries close the climate finance gap. In particular, the private sector and the insurance sector are called to play a fundamental part in funding climate adaptation and mitigation measures and in providing insurance for climate impacts in developing countries.

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