This event is jointly organized by PPIAF, the Global Infrastructure Facility and IFC.
Climate change is one of the most urgent and complex challenges of our time, requiring immediate action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience against irreversible changes, all while sustaining economic growth and accommodating an expanding global population. Already strained from COVID-19 recovery efforts, governments and public budgets are increasingly unable to address climate risks and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. These fiscal constraints underscore the need for private sector participation to bridge the funding gap and advance sustainable infrastructure development.
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are powerful tools as they can provide well-informed and well-balanced risk allocation between public and private stakeholders, offering long-term visibility and stability for the duration of a contract, and compensating for climate change uncertainty through contractual predictability.
The World Bank has developed a suite of toolkits inclusive of both high-level and sector-specific support -The Climate Toolkits for Infrastructure PPPs (CTIP3) – that assists emerging market and developing economy governments in screening for climate risks and opportunities. With a focus on practicality, the toolkits integrate climate mitigation and adaptation approaches into the earliest phases of PPP advisory work and structuring thereby embedding climate mitigation and adaptation into national planning and mobilizing private sector investment for low-carbon and resilient infrastructure development.
At the last COP, the Umbrella CTIP3 was introduced in a workshop and high-level panel discussion that showcased the multisector applications of the toolkit. Building from that momentum, five (5) additional sector-specific toolkits—targeting the Wind and Solar Energy, Hydropower, Transport, Water and Sanitation, and Digital/ICT sectors— were published this year with more tailored guidance and tools for enabling private sector participation in low-carbon and resilient infrastructure in emerging markets and developing economies.
This capacity-building event aims to heighten awareness among infrastructure stakeholders and equip them with the necessary insights, guidance and tools to embark on the journey of climate-smart PPPs.