Climate Goal Reliant on Massive New Private Sector Investment: IMF

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Climate Goal Reliant on Massive New Private Sector Investment: IMF

October 3: The private sector must drastically increase its climate-related investments, most crucially in developing countries, for the world to reach net zero carbon emission by 2050, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report published on Monday.

The IMF said in the report citing data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that countries worldwide need to invest $2 trillion annually by 2030 to attain the 2050 goal.

According to AFP, the report warns that countries, especially ones with emerging or developing economies, will not be able to increase their debt levels by an average of 45-50 percent.

"We consider this as fiscally unsustainable," AFP quoted Ruud de Mooij, deputy director of the IMF's fiscal affairs department, saying in an online press conference.

The good news, he said, is that 90 percent of the technologies needed to reduce emissions by 2030 already exist. But to reach sufficient deployment, according to the report, private sector must double its contribution from 40 percent to 80 percent.

According to AFP, the report is part of the IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR), which will be released in full at the IMF and World Bank's annual meetings, beginning October 9 in Marrakesh.

While some emerging countries, such as China and India, have a well-resourced private sector, this is not the case elsewhere, which means creating the conditions to attract international investment will be necessary, according to the IMF.

Fabio Natalucci, deputy director of the IMF, told AFP that more work has to be done to improve developing nations' credit ratings.

He said that about 40 percent of emerging markets are rated sub-investment grade, meaning, for now, "they're not part of the investable universe."


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