Bonn, Nov 24 (IANS) The global climate finance flows have increased with a bulk of it continuing to go towards efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the UN Climate Change secretariat said.
A relatively small proportion of the finance goes towards efforts to enable the most vulnerable to adapt.
This fact came to light on Friday at the Summary and Recommendations on the 2018 biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows of the Standing Committee on Finance.
It shows that on a comparable basis, the global climate finance flows increased by 17 per cent in 2015-16 from 2013-14 levels.
The Summary and Recommendations provide updated information on global climate finance flows for the period 2015-16 and trends since 2011, their implications and relevance to international climate change efforts.
One central conclusion is that the growth in global climate finance seen in 2015 was largely driven by high levels of new private investment in renewable energy, the largest segment of the global total.
The fall in renewable energy investment in 2016 was offset by an 8 per cent increase in investment in energy efficiency.
However, whilst climate-related finance flows are considerable, they remain relatively small in the context of wider trends in global investment.
For example, while global investment in renewable energy and renewable energy subsides are rising, global investment in fossil fuel and fossil fuel subsidies remain considerably higher.
Another central finding is that climate finance to developing countries, as reported in developed countries biennial reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), increased by 24 per cent in 2015 to $33 billion and, subsequently, by 14 per cent in 2016 to $38 billion.
Other key findings relate to the efforts of multilateral development banks that continue to scale up climate finance flows; flows through UNFCCC funds; and multilateral climate funds that are increasing — although their share of global climate finance flows remains small.
Ownership is a critical factor in the delivery of effective climate finance. Significant data gaps on tracking climate finance flows at domestic level still prevail.
The Standing Committee on Finance is the body that supports the Conference of the Parties with respect to climate finance matters.