The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) jointly organize an international workshop on the "Challenge of Financing Low-Carbon Growth", to be held on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice on Thursday 15 April and Friday 16 April 2010.

*** Closed-doors workshop ***

The workshop will bring together policymakers, academics, and experts from industry and the finance and energy sectors to explore the financing of climate policy. Using lessons from infrastructure development projects in renewable energy and in gas networks, financing will be considered as one of the primary drivers of successful policy implementation.
After an outline of the importance of finance in climate policy, the workshop will focus on relevant cases of infrastructure finance, illustrating the need for CPI’s core competence on performance review through analyses that assess implementation of specified policies, diagnose the reasons for poor performance, and identify opportunities for improvement. Experts will discuss how the experience of financing practices associated with gas networks on diversification of natural gas supplies might raise an analogue to performance questions in the context of the transition to a low-carbon growth future. We will highlight experiences in the renewable energy sector, both at the national and international levels, and explore both public and private funding practices.

This workshop will provide a platform for energy sector industrial firms, researchers, policymakers and financial institutions to start a concrete dialogue on how incentives between policies and investors could be aligned in order to pave the way for a low-carbon transition.