The Advisory Finance Group (AFG) is a project to provide technical support to a group of central banks, finance ministers, and development finance institutions to integrate climate concerns into fiscal and monetary policy. AFG presupposes that most climate risk will eventually be borne by sovereign governments. Traditional climate advocacy has sought to ameliorate this risk through fiscal (carbon pricing, etc.) and regulatory means. The continuing failure of nation states to enact fiscal climate solutions (to say nothing of the gridlock around fiscal solutions to the 2008 financial crisis) has lead the AFG to propose the development of central bank/monetary-driven risk-based approaches. The theory posits that quantifying and assigning risks to public and large private asset classes would be analogous to carbon pricing mechanisms. In addition, policy success might be easier to achieve at the central bank level rather than through legislative bodies. One key element would be the creation of new AI tools to replace the equilibrium-based tools currently in use to quantify and assign risk.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the India Clean Energy Finance Initiative
This grant will support the Climate Policy Initiative’s India Clean Energy Fund. This fund will support grantees who seek funding from the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation to develop distributed and rooftop solar business models for the purpose of reducing air pollution from power plants and expanding electricity access to underserved and poverty-stricken areas of India. The grants provide resources to meet the business and environmental guidelines of the U.S. government, and leverage more than $400 million to expand rooftop and off-grid clean energy in India.
for general operating support
The Climate Policy Initiative is a think tank that addresses climate change through three program areas. First, research on how finance can be a catalyst for climate mitigation. Second, how the world can smoothly transition away from fossil fuels. Third, how to reform energy markets in a post carbon world and find new models for sustainable growth in emerging markets.
for the Climate Finance Program
This grant will support the overarching goal of CPI’s Climate Finance program (CPI-CF), to ensure that policy and investment decision makers have the knowledge and tools to spend resources wisely to address climate change, while achieving sustainable development goals. CPI-CF’s programmatic strategy is organized around three work streams: (a) to provide needed information on investment flows and investors, (b) apply in-depth analysis to guide decision makers on their efforts to accelerate the effective use of public and private resources, and (c) develop and scale transformative financial solutions to address investors’ needs and lower costs.