The OECD blended finance guidance focuses on designing blended finance to increase the mobilization of commercial finance. It highlights sub-sector specific considerations for blended finance use in clean energy projects, specifically exploring off-grid clean energy systems, energy efficiency, utility-scale renewables, and several other clean energy and integration technologies, including battery storage, green hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage. It also draws attention to the common risks, climate finance may help overcome for these clean energy infrastructures. 

Sector(s): Energy
Lifecycle Phase(s): Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: OECD

The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit is a service provided by NEPAD to catalyse a new African jobs focus in the development and operation of Africa’s infrastructure projects, maximising the number and quality of African jobs. The PIDA Job Creation Toolkit methodology considers a broad range of labour market effects, including direct job creation, indirect job creation, and induced job creation. It aims to catalog results from African infrastructure projects’ preparation, construction, and operation. Additionally, the methodology estimates secondary job effects, which are jobs created in other sectors of the economy due to the operational infrastructure service provided. The toolkit’s job maximization module aims to help project Owners, technical partners, and government policymakers can estimate the total job impact from their projects and maximize the number of jobs created on the African continent by specific projects without a reduction in quality.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: AUDA - NEPAD

The PIEVC (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee) Protocol was first developed in 2005 by Engineers Canada (Canada’s Engineering Association). In 2012, the PIEVC got divested hat been taken over by a consortium (ICLR, CRI and GIZ). PIEVC is a 5 to 8 step climate risk assessment protocol for all types of physical infrastructure to be applyed either in early plannig stages or throughout operations and maintenance. Since 2005, it has been applyed more than 200 times, including applications outside Canada in Brazil, Costa Rica, Vietnam and the Nile Basin region.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Natural Infrastructure, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water and Sanitation, Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., ProcurementThe provision of goods and services to realize a project are tendered and closed., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline., Operation and MaintenanceInfrastructure assets are managed and maintained during their use time.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems., Impact AssessmentsEvaluate the impacts of assets or policies on the environment and local livelihoods.
Organization: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Climate Risk Institute (CRI), GIZ

The Urban Mobility Scorecard (UMS) Tool is a digital instrument for cities to benchmark progress toward sustainable, inclusive mobility developed by the Global New Mobility Coalition of the World Economic Forum. The tool is guided by three fundamental pillars of sustainable mobility: Governance, Resilience, and Connectivity. It comprises seven questionnaire-based assessments to evaluate a cities’ progress on sustainable, inclusive mobility. It also allows the benchmarking of results by an anonymized comparison of cities’ results in the assessment and it provides supporting resources such as case studies and best practices to inspire future action. The questionnaires were tested with three trial cities from different geographical contexts to ensure that the questions in the scorecard tool are suited to a wide range of cities, recognizing different legislative, regulatory and economic powers, as well as the geographical scope of cities.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources.
Type(s) of Tool: Sustainability BenchmarksCompare the sustainability performance of assets or funds.
Organization: World Economic Forum

The principles focus on the inclusion of vulnerable transport users in rural, peri-urban, low-income and urban areas across Europe and beyond. Over a three-year period, the EU-funded INCLUSION project addressed the challenges of accessibility to public transport in those areas. The experience gained from this project has been condensed into the principles, which provide guidance to local authorities, planners, and practitioners that strive to make mobility more inclusive, accessible and fair for all types of users.

Sector(s): Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics.
Type(s) of Tool: PrinciplesSupport sustainability incorporation at institutional or strategic level, less specific than Guidelines.
Organization: Inclusion (European Union Horizon 2020)

The Green Recovery Tracker platform provides concise information on national recovery measures in EU member states and assesses their contribution to the green transition. It offers evidence-based information to policy- and decision-makers in European and national institutions as well as in other organisations.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project.
Type(s) of Tool: Impact AssessmentsEvaluate the impacts of assets or policies on the environment and local livelihoods.

The Global Recovery Observatory brings transparency to global government spending during the COVID-19 crisis. It tracks and assesses every individual COVID-19 related fiscal spending policy announced by the 50 leading economies (more countries to be added) for potential impacts on the environment and the socio-economy. The Observatory database is updated weekly.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project.
Type(s) of Tool: Impact AssessmentsEvaluate the impacts of assets or policies on the environment and local livelihoods.
Organization: IMF, UNEP, GIZ, Oxford University

The Gender Toolkit provides guidance for transport sector specialists and gender specialists on how to mainstream gender equality issues into transport project design, implementation, and policy engagement. It supports users in designing project outputs, activities, inputs, indicators, and targets to respond to gender issues in transport sector operations. The tool kit is divided into key subsectors of ADB’s transport sector investments: rural roads, national highways, railways, urban transport and services, bridges, and waterbased transport and ports.

Sector(s): Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics.
Type(s) of Tool: Project Preparation ToolsHelp public authorities manage sustainable project preparation processes.
Organization: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The guidebook elaborates on measuring and quantifying an infrastructure project’s GHG emissions/GHG emission reductions. Its main objectives are to describe relevant GHG accounting principles as well as related concepts and methods, outline the basic process for quantifying and reporting GHG impacts resulting from climate finance projects and describe the role of project-level impact analysis in climate finance project preparation.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: C40 Cities Finance Facility

The handbook aims to bridge the gap between gender-responsive policy and practice and to respond to the historical exclusion of women, girls and sexual and gender minorities from urban planning and design processes. It presents the economic and social case for gender inclusion in urban planning and design. The tool provides clear, specific design guidelines, suitable and adaptable for all regions, for a range of planning areas, including housing, public transport and mobility infrastructure, other infrastructure services and urban master plans.

Sector(s): Urban Planning
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: The World Bank
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