IMF urges more private financing in emerging economies for climate transition

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IMF urges more private financing in emerging economies for climate transition

The Sunday Mail

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday that the private sector will need to make a major contribution toward the large climate investment needs for emerging market and developing economies.

Achieving the transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 requires substantial climate mitigation investment in emerging market and developing economies, which currently emit around two-thirds of greenhouse gases, the IMF said in a blog, as it released a chapter of the latest Global Financial Stability Report.

These countries will need about US$2 trillion annually by 2030 to reach that ambitious goal, according to the International Energy Agency. This is a fivefold increase from the current US$400 billion of climate investments planned over the next seven years, the report noted.

Projecting that growth in public investment will be limited, the IMF said the private sector will need to supply about 80 percent of the required investment, and this share rises to 90 percent when China is excluded.

The report noted that a broad mix of policies is needed to create an attractive investment environment and unlock the necessary private climate finance in emerging markets and developing economies.

In another blog also published on Monday, the IMF said countries must contain global warming while keeping debt in check, arguing that managing the climate transition calls for “a fiscal balancing act” with the right mix of policies.

Governments face “a policy trilemma” between achieving climate goals, fiscal sustainability, and political feasibility, the IMF said as it published a chapter of the latest Fiscal Monitor, calling on governments to take bold, swift, and coordinated action, and find the optimal mix of both revenue- and spending-based mitigation measures.

While no single measure can fully deliver the climate goals, carbon pricing is necessary but not always sufficient to reduce emissions, the report noted.

A pragmatic and equitable proposal calls for an international carbon price floor, differentiated across countries at different levels of economic development, the report said, adding that the associated carbon revenues could be partly shared across countries to facilitate the green transition.

A just transition should also include robust fiscal transfers to vulnerable households, workers, and communities, it added.

The IMF also urged policymakers to enhance spending efficiency and build greater capacity for raising tax revenues by broadening the tax base and improving fiscal institutions, in order to navigate fiscal challenges.

“No single country can solve the climate threat alone. Nor can the public sector act by itself. The private sector has to fulfill the bulk of the climate financing needs,” the IMF said. – Xinhua


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