Investing in Sustainable Energy Futures: Multilateral Development Banks’ Investments in Energy Policy

This very good 50 page report issued in April 2010 by the World Resources Institute examines those policies, regulations, and institutional capacities in the electricity sector that will direct both public and private investment in sustainable energy options.

Key findings include that a relatively small number of MDB projects addressed many of the elements of sustainable energy proposed in our framework. Many of the associated interventions represent important examples of how the MDBs can bring expertise, networks, and finance to help align investment in the electricity sector with sustainable, low-carbon development. These examples are emphasized in the main text of the report.

The report closes with a series of recommendations for investing in sustainable energy futures by multilateral development banks, including that:

  • More attention should be paid to integrated electricity planning and the implications of choices for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the long term.
  • MDB support for energy policy should more consistently and creatively support access to clean and affordable electricity for the poor.
  • The cumulative effects of sustained support for technologies such as hydropower and transmission and distribution infrastructure must be managed.
  • Project development and implementation must be transparent and must engage stakeholders throughout.

PDF, 50 pages, 2.8 MB

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