Green BRT Karachi

Green BRT Karachi

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 20 Oct 2018 at B.21
  • Est. completion 25 Mar 2024
  • ESS Category Category A

Building a zero-emissions bus rapid transit (BRT) system that is safe and accessible to all.

Karachi is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with a population of 14.9 million, and is ranked very low in the 2017 Global Livability Report mainly due to its traffic congestion and induced air and noise pollution.

Its current public transportation system fails to provide mobility for all and is characterised by long commuter trip times, the rise of private vehicle ownership and paratransit modes, thus the decline in the use of public transport. Public transport services are currently only provided by informal paratransit vehicles. Vehicles in this informal network tend to be old and poorly maintained, leading to high fuel consumption, increased emissions, and higher operating costs. The vehicles are loaded beyond capacity to maximise passenger count which leads to very cramped conditions and serious safety issues to passengers as well as the general public.

This is the first dedicated low emissions Transport project presented to the Board.

The project aims to establish a 30 kilometre, fully segregated bus rapid transit (BRT) system operated with the “world’s first” biomethane hybrid bus fleet. The project includes innovative features such as a dedicated biogas plant covering 100% of the fuel demand and the last mile connectivity via bikes and e-pedicabs and includes flood proofing of the road.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 20 years. 

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


08 Nov 2017 - 347 days

Concept note received

08 Nov 2017

Funding proposal received

24 Jun 2018

Cleared by iTAP

21 Sep 2018


20 Oct 2018 - 523 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Oct 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

15 Jul 2019

FAA executed

27 Dec 2019

Under implementation

25 Mar 2020 - 180 days so far

FAA effective

25 Mar 2020


25 Mar 2024 - 1,282 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

LoanUSD 37,200,000
GrantUSD 11,800,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 442,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 92,500,000

GCF Contacts

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Project complaints and grievances

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Phone +82 32 458 6157
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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155
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Accredited Entity

Asian Development Bank

Mr. Christian Ellermann
Climate Change Specialist

National Designated Authority


Ministry of Climate Change

Ms. Naheed Durrani
Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change
3rd Floor, Ministry of Climate Change, LG&RD Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone +9251-9224579
Mr. Ahsanullah Khan
Officer in Charge-Climate Finance Unit
3rd Floor, Ministry of Climate Change, LG & Rd Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone +9251-9245626