Policy Analysis

Financing the Green Economy

By Simon Zadek, Simon Zadek on January 24, 2013

According to new estimates that will be presented at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, US$100 trillion is needed by 2030 to finance infrastructure needs worldwide.

This investment needs to be greened—its design and use must rely on less carbon and fewer natural resources—if we are to avoid an unsustainable increase in global temperatures of 4°C or more in the coming decades. The good news is that there is growing experience in leveraging private investment with relatively small amounts of public finance.

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