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Regional collaboration in action: environmental and social (E&S) workshop in Mumbai

Regional collaboration in action: environmental and social (E&S) workshop in Mumbai

GCPF hosted partner institutions from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for an E&S workshop held in Mumbai from 13 March to 15 March 2023

GCPF’s recent E&S workshop brought together 28 participants from 16 partner institutions across seven emerging markets in APAC, demonstrating diversified institutional and individual E&S capacities.

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Innovation program supports portfolio companies to develop new climate investment solutions in emerging markets

Currently, emerging and developing economies account for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions and will need significant support in mitigating future growth of their carbon footprints. One way of providing this support is by enabling local actors to innovate and create more investable climate mitigation projects for these markets.

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GCPF regional workshop series on social risk management best practice

Insights from the first 2022 in-person event

On September 15 and 16, 2022 an Environmental and Social (E&S) risk management workshop was held in Lima, organized by responsAbility for the partners of the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF). The event brought together representatives of 14 financial institutions from 11 Latin American countries to discuss best practices related to social risk management. The workshop was made possible with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Fund’s contribution to the Technical Assistance Facility.

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One week of peer-learning - green financing insight and impact

In early October, a like-minded group from 38 financial institutions in 24 countries attended the GCPF Academy for a week-long program of workshops, case study presentations and site visits aimed at showcasing the power and potential of Climate Finance.

Participants discussed benefits of building and scaling their green portfolios, managing reporting challenges, and communicating sustainability. Many of the sessions were led by representatives from GCPF partner institutions who were able to share their challenges and innovations with their peers.

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Green Lending in Latin America

Getting onboard for decarbonizing lending at scale

Founded in 2001, CIFI (the Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura) was the first entity dedicated to providing debt financing, structuring and advisory services to small- and medium-sized infrastructure and energy projects across Latin America & the Caribbean. Approximately half of its portfolio was invested in renewable energy across a variety of technologies, including solar PV, hydropower, wind, and biomass.

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Driving Green Lending in Sub-Saharan Africa

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

When the top management at Letshego Holdings Limited, a regulated and publicly listed NBFI headquartered in Botswana, committed to incorporating green lending into their strategy, they did it not only for the climate, but also because they could see that it was a savvy move to ensure long-term growth and enhance product differentiation. This was a classic win-win by any definition. But they didn’t have any prior experience in the field, which is why they started working with responsAbility’s climate team to guarantee successful onboarding, early-stage buy-in within the organization, and eventual fund utilization. So while they currently provide retail financial services in 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, they decided to focus the investment from responsAbility’s climate fund on Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria, with the aim to expand to the other markets over time.

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How-to: the recipe for green lending from climate experts

Education, energy specialists and reporting are key

Within many traditional financial institutions (FIs) across the globe, sustainability-minded employees are pushing their institution to be greener. Our climate experts at the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) started calling these employees “Green Champions” and engaging with them to help bring their institution into the green lending sphere. Over the years, the following “recipe” for green lending success emerged, with the goal to transform financial institutions, gain more “Green Champions”, and most importantly, mitigate climate change.

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GCPF Annual Report 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, the Fund adapted to unprecedented volatility in emerging economies. We are proud to say that GCPF has managed to protect the interests of stakeholders while also continuing to advance climate change mitigation.

Read the full report here