Global Climate Partnership Fund

To limit global heating and therefore the impacts of climate change, investment is required in energy efficiency, renewables and measures that mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases. The Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF ) offers this kind of financing to developing and emerging countries. Funding is provided either as a direct investment in specific projects or made available to local financial institutions. These institutions then disburse the funds in the form of loans to small and medium-sized businesses or private households. The GCPF is registered in Luxembourg and is managed by responsAbility Investments AG. The Fund increases the effectiveness of public money by mobilising additional financing from public and private investors for climate mitigation projects.

Project data

Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mongolia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine, Viet Nam
IKI funding
66,500,000.00 €
Implementing organisation
KfW Entwicklungsbank
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
Implementing Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

State of implementation/results

  • Starting as an initiative of BMUB and KfW, the GCPF became a widely supported public-private partnership. Current shareholders include the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of the UK government - BEIS of the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA), the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), the Austrian Development Bank (OeEB), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), a Swiss-based asset management company (responsAbility) carrying out the fund’s management, the pension fund of German medicines (ÄVWL) and the Dutch private bank ASN.
  • As a structured fund with different risk classes, the GCPF mobilized around USD 610 million for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energies (EE/RE) by the end of 2022. Approximately USD 514 million of this was passed on to partner banks in the target countries in the form of low-cost loans to promote climate-friendly lending and USD 96 million was awarded as direct investments. The banks are then enabled to finance, for instance, solar irrigation pump distributor for smallholders.
  • The overall mitigation potential of the designed GCPF credits and direct investments amounts to appr. 23 m tCO2e (lifetime CO2 reduction), currently distributed across 27 countries. The majority of investments accounts to energy efficiency in buildings and the small-scale renewable energy deployment.
  • The GCPF includes direct investments as well, such as the construction of a photovoltaic power plant in South Africa (generating up to 1.8 gigawatt hours of annual power).
  • The Technical Assistance (TA) facility counts numerous projects to support the preparation of additional climate friendly investments on the basis of feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, construction permits or the development of new and locally adapted EE/RE loan products. The GCPF also helps its partners to collect data on achieved GHG mitigation and ensure quality control.
  • In September 2016 the fund organized the first “GCPF academy” to foster knowledge exchange on best practices among local financial institutions.

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