Ten things to know about climate finance in 2013

Ten things to know about climate finance highlights the ten most noteworthy insights from international climate finance initiatives over the past year. This edition finds, for example, that pledges through multilateral climate funds have fallen by 71% in 2013, suggesting that investment in climate-related activities have plateaued.

Climate finance

Pledges are down

Pledges to climate funds in 2013 are 71% lower than they were in 2012 (so far)


Approval rates

Nearly sixty cents out of every dollar pledged has now been approved for viable projects

Mitigation spending

Approved spending for mitigation in the entire developing world in 2013 was only slightly higher than Poland’s annual spending on fossil fuel subsidies

REDD funding

Funding to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation grew to a total of US$ 647 million in 2013, less than was spent on a single highway through the Amazon

Adaptation funding

Funding in response to German flood damage in 2013 was four times higher than the total sum of funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change since 2003

Private investment

Public funding has not yet attracted as much private investment as expected: for every US$1 spent between 2010 and 12, only US$ 0.25 of private finance had been drawn in as of the beginning of 2012

Green Climate Fund

Korea has pledged the most to the Green Climate Fund to date – US$ 40 million – ahead of all developed countries

Long-Term Finance

Despite many meetings, we still don’t know where Long-Term Finance – which is supposed to deliver US$ 100 billion by 2020 – will come from


Despite increasing austerity, Europe remains a leader on climate finance, providing 61% of total funds for multilateral finance to date

Fast-Start Finance totals

Total spending on Fast-Start Finance represents just 1.76% of global funding to respond to the 2008 financial crisis