COP27 Finance Day

At COP27, November 9 will be the thematic day dedicated to climate finance. As countries gradually improve their financial commitments to meet the Paris Agreement goals in the UNFCCC context, the private sector is attracted by the countless opportunities implicit in a decarbonized world. A guide to understanding the importance of finance for the climate transition through the CMCC's work and content.

The climate transition requires adequate investments to allow climate action to take place everywhere. Putting the world on a pathway that allows us to meet the global climate goals agreed under the Paris Agreement requires strong financial efforts, but at the same time entails many opportunities. Such economic opportunities span from the creation of new jobs – which would grow by 8 million by 2050 globally in the energy sector – to a better labour supply enabled by more comfortable environmental and weather conditions; from the reduction of costs related to climate change impacts to a healthier and safer environment, that can support livelihoods with functioning ecosystem services

At the COP26 in Glasgow countries agreed to double adaptation finance. This is the most recent step of a series of UNFCCC negotiations that have been placing climate finance at the centre of the stage for several years now, especially looking for the best mechanisms to support low-income countries decarbonise and adapt to climate change, since the costs of a low-carbon transition will not be felt equally by all. 

Climate policies have a central role in this transition. Giving a price to carbon and trading emissions in a carbon market allows us to start cutting emissions where it is cheapest whilst leaving room for the most virtuous to make gains. This is one of the mechanisms that can drive innovation, technological deployment, and profound changes in the economic system, all essential ingredients for building development models in which economic growth which does not go hand in hand with growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Incentives for more investment in renewables are another example of possible levers that can be moved by the policy world.

Besides the policy world, there is the private sector, with the big actors of the financial system refining the criteria for the allocation of capital to provide safeguards from the coming challenges. “Companies will keep doing what they are doing until we apply that mixture of pressure and incentive” affirmed Julien Vincent, winner of the 2022 Goldman Environmental prize, in a recent interview: through advocacy civil society and shareholders are putting pressure on the private sector. Such pressure, combined with incentives offered by consistent policies, has the power to push financial institutions into divesting from environmentally damaging projects and look for new and cleaner investment opportunities.


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Art and science for climate action

Art and science speak different languages, but when it comes to climate change, they tell the same story. Artist Carolina Aragón and climatologist Vladimir Djurdjevic join in dialogue on their unique perspectives on the intersection between climate change and the world of art and science.

Cover Image: Ten self-help groups in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha are replanting Casurina forests along the coast to reduce the impact of cyclones and seawater intrusion, which destroys their crops. Credits: Shawn Sebastian/ September 2022

Telling stories of climate resilience

”It was clear that our narrative had to present climate change as a problem with solutions. That’s where the idea of humanising climate risks through stories of resilience came together.” Faces of Climate Resilience, the winner of the 2023 CMCC Award, is a compelling short-documentary series showcasing the voices of individuals in some of India’s most climate-vulnerable regions. In an interview with creative producer Milan George Jacob, we discuss storytelling as a tool for effective, people-focused climate communication.


COP24 wrap-up

At the U.N. climate summit in Poland, countries agreed upon the Katowice Climate Package, a set of rules for implementing the Paris Agreement. It is the outcome of a complex COP, due to technicalities and difficult international context.  After two weeks and one extra day of tense negotiations, the rulebook to face and contain climate change got the green light.