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Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative

Alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, climate-friendly transportation and climate resilient resource management are just some of the many areas in which the Inter-American Development Bank is leading the way in setting high sustainability standards. These standards are part of the Bank’s commitment of providing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the best available technologies and practices to ensure economic viability, social equity, and environmental integrity.

The goals of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative are centered around the provision of comprehensive sustainability options in areas related to the energy, transportation, water and environmental sectors as well as building climate resilience in key priority areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Initiative consists of four strategic pillars:

In 2009 as part of the development and management of the Initiative, the IDB created the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit (ECC). More


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Latest Publications

  • Green Procurement: How to Encourage Green Procurement Practices in IDB Funded Projects?

    Dalaison, Wilhelm;Fernández, Luz;Salazar Cota, Adriana

    Date: Oct, 2018

    This document provides guidelines for borrowing countries and IDB personnel on green procurement practices, so that Bank’s funded projects will reduce the negative environmental impact of goods, works, services and consultancies being contracted; and, also promote more environmentally sustainable actions. Based on good practices and international standards and trends, the document shows how environmental aspects can be considered in the IDB’s programming cycle and in each stage of the project cycle. It particularly focuses on the procurement process, outlining the elements that should be considered when designing and implementing green procurement. Green procurement is defined as the acquisition of goods, works, services or consultancies whose results have the least possible harmful effects on the environment, human health and safety when compared to other competing and similar acquisitions or, those that make a positive impact on the environment. Various multilateral financing organizations, international organizations and countries have joined the global effort to promote green procurement. This strategic focus, via procurement, seeks to increase efficiency with the smallest possible environmental footprint, while producing energy and even financial savings.

  • The Next Wave Magazine

    Beepath, Vasu;Deopersad, Chitralekha;Gischler, Christiaan;Marray, Amanda;Mejia, Camila;Pavon, Fernando;Payne, Dana;Pecha, Camilo;Saghir, Lynn;Wenner, Mark D.

    Date: Sep, 2018

    The first edition of The Next Wave magazine is meant to feature how the Caribbean Country Department is dedicated to creating vibrant and resilient economies in the Caribbean and how it is focused on improving lives. The magazine highlights new trends, current news, on-going projects that are transforming the future of the Caribbean region and featured blogs. We have called our magazine The Next Wave.

  • Smart City Technologies in Israel: A Review of Cutting-Edge Technologies and Innovation Hubs

    Toch, Eran

    Date: Aug, 2018

    This discussion paper was developed by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Division in collaboration with the Knowledge, Innovation and Communication Department (KIC). It was financed through the Cutting-Edge Knowledge Fund. Smart cities reveal the potential of innovative technologies to tackle tough and longstanding problems in cities and dramatically improve the way municipalities operate. Cities in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries have a pressing need for solutions that can challenge existing problems while providing a solid return on investment. In recent years, Israel has developed a unique ecosystem approach toward its smart city technology, with a unique focus on collaboration between research institutes, local governments, and private entrepreneurs. This paper explains how the ecosystem developed and how it can benefit cities and residents. The paper starts by providing background information on the various drivers behind smart city innovation in Israel, including the information industry and government agencies. It then focuses on technologies developed in Israel, providing descriptions and a comprehensive analysis of cutting-edge solutions for smart cities developed by an ecosystem of companies, universities, governments, and startups. Later on, provides an overview of the research and development centers in Israel and the dynamics that fuel creative centers, focusing on the startup ecosystem, academic centers, and established IT companies.

  • Water in the Time of Drought: Lessons from Five Droughts around the World

    Cathala, Corinne;Núñez, Anamaría;Rios, Ana R.

    Date: Aug, 2018

    This policy brief examines these crises, explores successes and pitfalls in the response mechanisms, and extracts valuable lessons to assist decision makers in dealing with droughts, providing practical guidance in terms of urban planning and management. It will do so through a three-pronged approach: First, it describes the situation each utility and region faced while tackling the drought, as well as the measures they implemented to respond to that dire situation. Second, it will present some recommendations and lessons learned to build climate resilience in the future. Lastly, it will show how droughts may often be catalysts for new strategic measures and innovation that address water stress over the long term.

Curbing Climate Change

    Curbing Climate Change

    Energy conservation and investment in renewable energies are among the keys to mitigating the threat.
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