WWF commissioned Z/Yen Group, a leading London-based commercial think-tank, to explore financing approaches for sustainable infrastructure with a special focus on renewables. Financing the Transition: Sustainable Infrastructure in Cities
articulates concrete recommendations for everything from learning from established best practices from around the world, to shaping, governing and launching new efforts. Among key findings.
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- The lack of investable projects seems to be the main issue preventing sustainable infrastructure investment at scale rather than the lack of finance.
- Financial instruments – like tax incentives, green bonds and asset-backed securities – have higher potential to support investment in sustainable infrastructure.
- To attract finance for sustainable infrastructure, cities are advised to primarily focus on project preparation to develop a pipeline of investable projects.