|Two trust funds manage CIF funding‘s programs: the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). Among them are:
By providing resources for low-carbon technologies with significant potential for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the $5.8 billion Clean Technology Fund enables transformation in developing countries. Among its investments are renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transport innovations.
Climate Resilience Pilot Project
The pilot program for climate resilience, which has a budget of $1.2 billion, aims to build resilience and adaptation in some of the most vulnerable developing countries. It provides support to governments in integrating climate resilience into strategic development planning, and provides concessional and grant funding for implementation of plans, as well as piloting innovative public and private sector solutions.
Increasing the scale of renewable energy programs
It is clear that renewable energy is economically, socially, and environmentally viable in some of the world’s poorest nations, thanks to the $779 million Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries. A major player in the creation of mini-grids that transform life for isolated, off-grid communities, ADB supports scaled-up deployments of renewable energy solutions including solar, geothermal, and biomass.
Program for investing in forests
Developing countries can benefit from the Forest Investment Program by managing natural resources in a way that benefits forests, development, and climate. Deforestation and forest degradation are addressed directly through direct investments. Grants and low-interest loans are also available to enable governments, communities, and businesses to work together to define sustainable solutions for people and economies reliant on forests, while maintaining important ecosystem services.
Investing in coal transition through the CIF
As part of the Accelerating Coal Transition Investment Program, countries will have access to a comprehensive toolkit for transitioning from coal to clean energy, addressing challenges related to strategic plans, people and communities, infrastructure, and land. It will build support for reconsidering the development of new coal plants and accelerate the retirement of existing coal assets on a local level. As a result, it will promote new economic activities fueled by new energy sources. Its objective is to define paths to advance transitions with utilities and operators from the public and private sectors.
Decarbonization of the CIF industry
Maritime transport, cement, petrochemicals, iron and steel are high-emitting and hard-to-abate industries. Industry Decarbonization aims at driving deep behavioral change and sustained emissions reductions in high-emitting industries in middle-income countries, where the industrial sector represents a major share of emissions. In an effort to reduce system-wide barriers to investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient business models and technologies, the program will apply targeted use of concessional financing across multiple levels, from industrial facilities to national arenas.
Solutions from CIF Nature
Through a program called Nature, People and Climate Investments, concessional resources will be deployed in a bid to address climate change and improve livelihoods. Governments, industries, and communities will benefit from the program, which helps them harness ecosystems’ potential for climate action, as well as reduce barriers to sustainability in areas such as agriculture, food production, and forests.
Renewable Energy Integration in the CIF
To accelerate the energy transition, energy systems need to be more flexible, and boundaries need to be pushed so that renewable energy can penetrate more fully. CIF will support this process under the Renewable Energy Integration Program. Flexible solutions help promote the uptake of the best technology combinations for grid management, balancing infrastructure requirements, and improving overall market architecture operations.
Cities Smart Initiative (CIF)
Through the Smart Cities Program, developing countries will be assisted in transitioning to climate-resilient, low-carbon urbanization. Strategic public and private investment will support climate-informed urban planning. A robust set of tools and data for public participation will guide decision-making, ensuring that choices are reflective of green and sustainable development.