Financing sustainable development

The public sector challenge to obtain private investment in sustainability


The public sector challenge: How to gain private investment in sustainable projectsEstimates of the level of investment required to achieve sustainable development goals are staggering and public finances alone will not be sufficient. As a result, many government funding programs need to mobilise and leverage private sector investment.

This paper discusses key aspects of the including:

  • How to make the ROI attractive given the scale of funding/risk required
  • Initiatives and innovations to unlock private capital
  • Key design features of public funds for sustainable development.

This paper is based on a a series of interviews with finance and investment executives together with Deloitte cleantech financing specialists to provide a range of views on the value of current mechanisms to ‘unlock’ private funds for sustainable development projects.