The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday that it has committed a record amount of climate finance in 2023 to help its developing member countries (DMCs) in Asia and the Pacific cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.

ADB said in a statement that it committed $9.8 billion in climate finance from its own resources last year — $5.5 billion for mitigation and $4.3 billion for adaptation — a more than 46 percent increase on its 2022 climate financing commitments.

The bank’s climate adaptation finance commitments in 2023 mean that ADB has provided more than $10.4 billion in cumulative adaptation financing from 2019 to 2023 — surpassing its target of $9 billion in 2019–2024 a year early.

According to the bank, adaptation financing is critical in Asia and the Pacific which is experiencing more extreme heat, droughts, and heavy rains, but where investments in adaptation remain a fraction of what is required.

“Climate change threatens the future of all development. 2023 was the hottest year on record and saw a swath of extreme, deadly climate impacts in our region,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa.

“This crisis threatens energy and food security and creates fiscal challenges,

“As the climate bank for Asia and the Pacific, ADB is deeply committed to helping our developing members de-fossilize their economies, progress along their climate transition pathways, and achieve their net-zero goals. We must act together, with urgency and at scale,” he added.

According to the bank, Asia and the Pacific originates more than half of global carbon dioxide emissions while also being acutely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

It said the region needs to invest an estimated $3.1 trillion per year in energy and transport assets alone to meet net zero by 2050 — around 50 percent more than current levels.

As Asia and the Pacific’s climate bank, ADB said ti aims to provide $100 billion in climate financing from its own resources from 2019 to 2030.

In 2022, ADB committed $6.7 billion of climate finance from its own resources, including $4 billion for mitigation and $2.7 billion for adaptation.

It is noted that ADB’s flagship climate projects in 2023 include a $400 million policy-based loan to help Bangladesh implement its national adaptation plan and pursue climate-focused development; a $1 billion loan to help deploy the Philippines’ first large-scale electric bus system in Davao City; and an $18 million grant from the Asian Development Fund (ADF) to improve the resilience, inclusiveness, and sustainability of water supply and sanitation services in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The ADF provides grants to ADB’s lower-income DMCs to promote poverty reduction and improvements in the quality of life.

ADB said it is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.

Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members — 49 from the region.

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