World Bank to increase climate financing to $29bn

The World Bank has announced it will increase the amount of funding for climate projects to $29 billion (£18.9bn) a year. Currently 21% of the Bank’s funding – or $10.3 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The World Bank has announced it will increase the amount of funding for climate projects to $29 billion (£18.9bn) a year.

Currently 21% of the Bank’s funding – or $10.3 billion (£6.7bn) a year – is climate-related but that could rise to 28% by 2020 “in response to client demand”.

The investment will boost support for energy efficiency and renewable energy, climate-smart transport solutions, resilient cities and enhanced water security.

The announcement was made during the Annual Meetings of the World Bank group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Lima in a private meeting of ministers who gathered to talk about climate financing ahead of the COP21 event in Paris this year.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said: “We are committed to scaling up our support for developing countries to battle climate change. As we move closer to Paris, countries have identified trillions of dollars of climate-related needs. The Bank, with the support of our members, will respond ambitiously to this great challenge.”