PDCI side event at the UNFCCC COP21 in cooperation with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

9 December 2015 | Paris, France

Climate change presents a significant risk and potentially high financial costs for all stakeholders, including companies and investors. Parallel to this, governments seek to address vulnerabilities to climate change through adaptation and mitigation measures, strengthening resilience to current and future impacts of climate change. A joint and multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to effectively overcome this challenge.

During the Climate Change negotiations in Paris in December, 2015, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organized a side event discussing the role of corporate reporting in addressing climate change related risks and opportunities, and enabling better decision making. The event took place in collaboration with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) / Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB).


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1st Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments in cooperation with the 3rd Sustainable Business Dialogue

7-9 October 2015 | Jakarta, Indonesia

7 October

Together with its long-term partner, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH had the honor to host the 3rd Sustainable Business Dialogue on 7 October in Jakarta, Indonesia.

More than 200 Indonesian business leaders and international participants from the Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI) discussed strategies and best practices for forward-looking business models in a regional context.


8-9 October 2015 | 1st Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI)

Building-up on the results of the Lead-Up Event of the “Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments” (PDCI) in Bonn, on June 9, 2015 the 1st PDCI initiated a practice-oriented dialogue between public and the private sector. The key objectives of the 1st PDCI dialogue were:

(1) to discuss in-depth how to mobilize private investments in the energy sector and in the area of climate change adaptation;

(2) to showcase and discuss concrete public sector concepts or initiatives to unlock more private investments in products or services which reduce GHG emissions or help individuals and institutions to adapt to climate change and;

(3) to provide space for peer-to-peer exchange on presented public measures and while stimulating further action.

The 1st PDCI convened 120 practitioners from national governments, the business and financial sectors and civil society, representing 33 countries and 6 continents.

The global event began with a panel debate moderated by Monica Jones (Deutsche Welle TV). Panelists identified different approaches on how to unlock private climate investments from various stakeholder perspectives. During the following working group sessions participants discussed how smart public incentive schemes, effective regulatory frameworks and innovative financial mechanisms could encourage more private investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects as well as in climate change adaptation measures.

Throughout the stakeholder workshop on 9 October a core group of PDCI practitioners discussed challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the above mentioned policy, cooperation and financing models. Small working groups formed throughout the day in order to discuss relevant PDCI topics in detail. Additionally, training sessions on business and climate adaptation and NAMA financing were held in the afternoon.

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Our approach – shaping dialogue

During the 1st PDCI, we focused on three areas of intervention, (a) smart public incentive schemes, (b) effective regulatory frameworks and (c) innovative financial mechanisms with the objective of encouraging more private investment in our focal areas: (1) renewable energies, (2) energy efficiency, and (3) climate change adaptation.

Having in mind the underlying question “How can private climate investments take off?" the working groups used a “glider graphic” which visualized different framework conditions that influence private climate investments. The graphic provided the framework for discussions and development of ideas throughout the group sessions on 8-9 October.


Training Session at the CSR Asia Summit 2015

6 October 2015 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into business practice


Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into business practice is becoming increasingly important. Effectively dealing with the risks and opportunities emerging from a changing climate can make companies more competitive, more resilient to shocks, more agile in a changing world and more likely to attract and hold costumers. It can also improve relationships with regulators, banks, insurers and financial markets. The German Development Cooperation Agency GIZ has developed a training to help companies assess and value their climate risks and opportunities and develop practical strategies for adaptation.

Topics covered: 

  • The need to adapt to climate change and what it means for business
  • Approaches and tools for short and long term risk analysis with regard to climate change adaptation
  • How to develop adaptation strategies and measures and integrate these into business operations
  • Examples of how companies can act on specific risks and opportunities along the value chain

Course leaders: GIZ experts and partners

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PDCI side event: Break-out session and exhibition booth at the SEED Africa Symposium 2015

9-10 September 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya

Shaping renewable energy markets in Africa: How international climate finance can support unlocking the potential of SMES


The SEED Africa Symposium is an international forum for sharing knowledge and experience, establishing partnerships, and developing solutions to stimulate the growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship. In 2015, the SEED Africa Symposium focused on “Building Bridges for Impact: Green and Inclusive Growth through Entrepreneurship” and presented entrepreneurial solutions collaboration examples that counter global social and environmental challenges.

The Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI) engaged as a principal partner and organized a break-out session and exhibition booth at the SEED Africa Symposium in 2015. Public and private sector practitioners discussed how to design enabling policies in order to support the development of renewable energy markets in Africa. Participants provided new insights on entrepreneurial innovations and developed suggestions for policymakers and private sector led initiatives for private renewable energy investments in Africa.


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Business Roundtable on Climate Adaptation

31 August 2015 | Bonn, Germany

The PDCI is seeking to engage leading German companies working on key issues related to the impacts of climate change and climate change adaptation, and those interested in moving into this space.

The aim is a cross-sector engagement process to learn more about where companies are with regards to adaptation planning in their core business, value chains, and in the development and provision of products and services that help others respond or adapt - as commercial services, in partnerships for sustainable development and combinations thereof. During the Business Roundtable, 12 – 15 private sector representatives from Germany jointly identified key issues and cooperation potentials related to the challenge of mobilizing private investments in adaptation to climate change.



Lead-up event to the Practitioners' Dialogue on Climate Investments

9-10 June 2015 | Bonn, Germany

On 9-10 June, 2015, high-ranking representatives from the public and private sector convened at Hotel Collegium Leoninum in Bonn in order to kick off the Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments. The Lead-Up Event began with a panel debate moderated by Amal-Lee Amin (E3G) and continued with a one-day workshop on private sector mobilisation for investments in renewable energies, energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change.

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Identification of topics for the PDCI dialogue process

The Lead-up conference in Bonn aimed at preparing the Practitioners Dialogue series from September 2015 onwards. Key issues and stakeholders could be identified and the interactive dialogue approach, hand in hand with the networking side of the program, could be further developed.

The methodological approach of the Kick-Off Workshop on 10 June, 2015 is based on a specific matrix that helped analyzing and clustering proposed topics, questions and experiences. The matrix is comprised of the following dimensions: sectors, areas of analysis and regional perspectives. The three sectors include: (1) Renewable Energies, (2) Energy Efficiency and (3) Adaptation to Climate Change. The four areas of analysis are: (a) Incentivizing Policies, (b) Mandatory Policies, (c) Enabling Frameworks and (d) Public- Private Cooperation and Financing Models. The regional perspectives include: Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. The rationale behind using this matrix is to provide a platform, where participants jointly identify pivotal questions and experiences in regard to policy instruments and transformative processes that shape enabling framework conditions for private climate investments.

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Participatory steps

In the first part of the workshop, participants selected one of the three sectoral focus groups: (1) Renewable Energies, (2) Energy Efficiency and (3) Adaptation to Climate Change. Within these working groups, experts engaged in discussions focusing on the areas of analysis, (a) Incentivizing Policies, (b) Mandatory Policies, (c) Enabling Framework Conditions and (d) Financing and Public-Private Cooperation Models. Several key discussants delivered a brief input in order to engage in discussions aiming at identifying key questions, experiences and challenges. Results were documented on pin boards and displayed at three stations at the conference venue.

For the second part of the workshop, participants gathered in regional working groups on Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean around the previously documented results of the the above-mentioned sectorial stations. Each sectoral station was chaired by an expert in the field. With a safari method, the regional groups visited all three sectoral stations and jointly engaging in sectoral discussions. Participants exchanged views from regional, sub-regional and national contexts, and created a series of ideas, comments and questions, which were added to the results of the sectoral groups to provide highlights, guidance and insights to the next regional group visiting the station. This method allowed an in-depth analysis of the various perspectives, resulting in the visualization of participants’ knowledge and different perspectives regarding the issues being discussed.

In the third part, the “Knowledge Café”, participants examined the results collected from the working groups. To ensure a joint understanding of the priorities, participants identified and ranked key questions and topics during the final rating. The prioritized questions and challenges will be further discussed during upcoming events of the PDCI.


You can find the visualized results of the Working Groups below.


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For more information about any of the previous events please contact: info@practitioners-dialogue.de