World Bank and International Finance

World Bank
Sustainable development is fundamental to the World Bank Group's mission to reduce poverty. The Sustainable Development Network works with policy makers, civil society, and the private sector to address climate change and encourage inclusive green growth.”


IFC
IFC's world-class environmental, social, and and corporate governance expertise helps private-sector clients succeed in this changing global environment by realizing their financial potential with a strong eye to environmental, social, and governance issues such as climate change, access to water, disclosure and transparency, and the impact business operations may have on local communities.”


IFC Equator Principles
The Equator Principles (EPs) is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects and is primarily intended to provide a minimum standard for due diligence to support responsible risk decision-making… Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) commit to implementing the EP in their internal environmental and social policies, procedures and standards for financing projects and will not provide Project Finance or Project-Related Corporate Loans to projects where the client will not, or is unable to, comply with the EP.”


Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The Challenge of Sustainability: “The legacy is largely ours to shape, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will continue to play an important role in this quest. A strategic alliance of the U.N. Development Programme, the U.N. Environment Programme, and the World Bank, the GEF is a unique and innovative source of funding mandated to make the connection between local and global environmental challenges, and between national and international efforts, in order to conserve bio-diversity, reduce the risks of climate change, protect the ozone layer, clean up international waters, stop land degradation, and eliminate persistent organic pollutants.”


Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World
August 29, 2013
Significant amounts of water are needed in almost all energy generation processes, from generating hydropower, to cooling and other purposes in thermal power plants, to extract­ing and processing fuels. Conversely, the water sector needs energy to extract, treat and transport water. Both energy and water are used in the production of crops, including those used to generate energy through biofu­els. Population growth and rapidly-expand­ing economies place additional demands on water and energy, while several regions around the world are already experiencing significant water and energy shortages.