Incorporating Climate Considerations into Investment Assessment Processes: Guidance for National and Local Governments

Akwii, Esther; Brennan, Grace; Hannay, Leslie; Brauch, Martin Dietrich; Mardirossian, Nora

Global climate change impacts pose complex, dynamic challenges to the success of land-based investments—such as agriculture, forestry, and wind and solar energy—which can further exacerbate detrimental climate change impacts if they are not sustainably implemented. Countries outline in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) their goals and plans to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. To ensure their success, governments must fully integrate their NDCs into national climate strategies, plans, and policies that drive government action and decisions. Improved land-based investment decision-making through the incorporation of climate considerations in investment assessment processes (IAPs) can help prioritize and encourage projects that contribute to these national plans.

The IAP is part of the broader investment life cycle. It comprises the full range of legal frameworks and associated processes that establish the requirements investors must meet to be allowed to operate their proposed project in the host country, starting from an initial expression of interest through to a granting of approval to operate the project.

This guide provides recommendations to national and local governments on how to incorporate climate considerations into the IAP and, to a lesser degree, prior and subsequent stages of the investment lifecycle.


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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
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May 24, 2024