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Welcome to PFAN

The Private Financing Advisory Network is one of few actors in the climate finance space addressing the barriers to success for small and medium enterprises (SME) in developing countries and emerging economies – a shortage of bankable projects on the demand side and difficulties assessing risks and a conservative lending culture on the supply side.

PFAN selects high-potential economically and environmentally sustainable climate and clean energy projects, and provides them with guidance on feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan and introductions to investors.

PFAN’s goals are to accelerate technology transfer and diffusion under the UNFCCC, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, promote low-carbon, sustainable economic development, and help facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy by increasing financing opportunities for promising clean energy projects. PFAN accomplishes this by coaching and mentoring emerging clean energy businesses; by developing a network of investors and financial institutions who are interested in and have extensive knowledge of clean energy markets; and by presenting to these investors projects that have been screened for commercial viability, sustainability and environmental and social benefits. For investors PFAN offers a pipeline of investment-ready clean energy projects.

PFAN is a multilateral public private partnership, founded by the Climate Technology Initiative and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It has recently been relaunched under a new hosting arrangement with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Under this arrangement, PFAN’s operations will be scaled up by a factor of two to five by 2020.

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PFAN Experience and Track Record

As of 2018, PFAN has raised over USD 1.24 billion in financing, which is being used to build and operate a total of 802 megawatts of clean energy capacity in 101 projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These 101 projects together represent avoided annual CO2e emissions of 3.3 million tonnes.

PFAN activities commenced in early 2006 and were conducted as a pilot programme up until September 2008. During this period 65 projects underwent initial review, ten of which were granted PFAN support and inducted into the development pipeline. During the pilot phase, three projects were guided to financial closure (a small run-of-river hydro-electric power station in Mexico, a bio-diesel refinery in Brazil and a biomass palletization project in South Africa), raising a total of US$ 40 million.
In late 2008 PFAN embarked on a major scaling up programme, which has seen the development pipeline expand to over 480 projects with a total potential investment volume of in excess of USD 10 billion, representing a range of clean energy technologies (including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, bio-fuels, biogas, geothermal, waste-to-energy, clean transport, energy efficiency and rural electrification) and having an aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potential of over 18 million tonnes of CO2e per annum.