We conduct transformative analysis that gives important context and spurs action
The World Bank has helped reduce global energy poverty, but often with a big carbon footprint. Climate Advisers calculated that shifting World Bank energy lending from coal to renewables and energy efficiency would reduce emissions by 250 million tons of carbon per year through 2030 – and inspire other investors to take similar action with even larger climate dividends.
In 2011, climate advocates tried unsuccessfully to convince the World Bank to stop financing coal projects. Developing nations refused so long as developed nations continued to build new coal plants themselves and progress seemed unlikely.
The Climate Advisers analysis not only emboldened climate champions to push harder, but also helped depoliticize international negotiations by shifting the terms of the debate. In July 2013, the World Bank announced it would cut off almost all funding for new coal plants in middle-income countries around the world.
Too often, the impact and potential of major global climate policy is hard to see, accessible only to insiders and technical experts. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
In 2009, Climate Advisers created the Forest Carbon Index (FCI) – the first simple-to-use, interactive, data-rich tool that clearly showed the potential of each country and community to reduce deforestation.
Designed to be used by policy makers, the private sectors and academia, the FCI mapped hard data about biological, economic, investment and market-readiness conditions in every corner of the world.
The FCI helped tens of thousands of policy makers, investors, companies, NGOs and researchers grapple with the challenges and implications of integrating forests into climate policy. In the United States, the FCI was used by the State Department and the Congressional Research Service to illustrate the geographic scope of REDD+ in reports to Congress.