Green Cities Facility

Green Cities Facility

Enabling the transition of cities to low-carbon, climate-resilient urban development.

Urban areas account for approximately 70 percent of the global energy consumption and about 75 percent of emissions due to the density of infrastructure and their often path-dependent development patterns. While this makes cities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, cities can also play an important role in taking on climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

Green Cities minimise environmental impact and maximise opportunities to improve and support the natural environment. Green Cities are energy efficient and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources, actively encourage waste reduction and management, include green and resilient infrastructure, low carbon transport, water cycle management and deliver improved quality of life outcomes for residents.

There is not a uniform definition ‘Green City’. However, there are several central themes that help to shape and define what a Green City is. Such themes include energy efficiency (including built form) and reducing reliance non-renewable energy sources, sustainable and low carbon transportation systems, green, resilient infrastructure, waste reduction and management, increased green areas, water cycle management and integrated planning. How a city develops as green varies across geography, sector and pace at which it occurs. Decisions taken by city leaders on where, what and how investment will be directed to support green development needs to be considered adopting a system-based approach. A system-based approach recognises the interconnectedness of sectors and the importance of sequencing. It also recognises that cities will evolve to different levels of ‘green’ at different rates and that this development is not uniform.

Hence, transitioning to a path of low-carbon development can be challenging as municipalities face financial constraints for funding sustainable urban infrastructure. Under this project, 10 cities which have higher than average energy and carbon density, and are facing a range of environmental and social issues, will have access to a Green Cities Facility. The Facility will help address the cities’ climate change challenges while building the market case for private sector investments in sustainable infrastructure. It will provide concessional financial instruments that will allow ambitious investments in climate-resilient urban infrastructure such as district heating/cooling, low-carbon buildings, and solid waste management. 

The project has an estimated lifespan of 23 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


04 Mar 2016 - 961 days

Concept note received

04 Mar 2016

Funding proposal received

26 Feb 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

27 Apr 2018

Cleared by iTAP

08 Jun 2018


20 Oct 2018 - 334 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Oct 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

31 Jan 2019

FAA executed

02 Jul 2019

Under implementation

18 Sep 2019 - 163 days so far

FAA effective

18 Sep 2019

Disbursement - USD 6,063,947

29 Nov 2019


18 Sep 2034 - 5,318 days to go

Three regions

  • Eastern Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Africa

Nine countries

One priority group

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

GCF financing1% disbursed

LoanUSD 71,664,829
GrantUSD 24,255,788


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 385,887,541
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 28,665,931
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 8,820,286
Co-FinancingOtherUSD 66,152,149

GCF Project Team

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Accredited Entity

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Alexis Franke
Principal Manager | Deputy Pillar Head Donor Co-Financing
Jan-Willem Van de Ven
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
One Exchange Square, London, United Kingdom
Phone +44 20 7338 7821

National Designated Authority


Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture

Grigol Lazrievi
Head, Climate Change Division
Nino Tandilashvili
Deputy Minister
6, Marshal Gelovani Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone +995 322 237 80 30

Ministry of Environment

Belal Shqarin
Director, Climate Change Directorate
King Faisal Bin Abd Aziz Street, 83 Um Uthaina, Amman, Jordan
Republic of Moldova

Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment

Iuliana Cantaragiu
State Secretary
9, Constantin Tanase str., Chisinau, Moldova
Phone +373 22 204 504

Ministry of Nature Protection

Erik Grigoryan
3rd Government Building, Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone +374 11 818 501
Phone +374 11 818 513
Phone +374 11 818 508

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

Chokri Mezghani
Director of General Directorate of Sustainable Development
Ministere des Affaires Locales et l'Environnement, Cite Administrative, Rue du Developpement, Cite el Khadra, Tunis, Tunisia
Phone +216 22 74 93 62
Phone +216 70 24 38 00

Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Batjargal Zamba
National Focal Point for the GCF
Suite 203, Margad Center 8th Khoroo, Student Street, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Chuluunkhuu Baatar
Carbon and Climate Finance Specialist
Suite 203, Margad Center 8th Khoroo, Student Street, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Anand Tsog
Climate Change Officer
Government Building II, United Nations Street 5/2, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

Helga Stojanović
Head of Section for Project Management
Nemanjina 22-26, Belgrade, Serbia
Igor Grabež
Public Relations Advisor
Nemanjina 22-26, Belgrade, Serbia
Phone +381 11 2607 960
Phone +381 11 2607 961
Branislav Nedimović
Nemanjina 22-26, Belgrade, Serbia
North Macedonia

Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs and Coordination of Economic Sectors

Mila Carovska
Deputy President of the Government in change for Economic Affairs and Coordination of Economic Sectors
Boulevard Illinden No.2, Skopje, North Macedonia
Phone +389 2 3114 258
Phone +389 2 3118 022
Daniel Josifovski
Senior Associate for improvement of the consultation process in creating regulation
Boulevard Illinden No.2, Skopje, North Macedonia
Phone +389 2 3118 022
Olimpija Hristova Zaevska
International economy and development adviser to the President
Boulevard Illinden No. 2, Skopje, North Macedonia
Phone +389(0) 2 3134 817

Ministry of Tourism and Environment

Ornela Cuci
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment
Boulevard "Zhan D'Ark", No.23, Tirana, Albania
Phone +355692817242

News + Stories

GCF invests USD 99 million in EBRD Green Cities Facility to reduce urban climate impacts

03 Jul 2019 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) took a major step forward today to help make redesigned cities drivers of climate action with the signing of an agreement with funding partner EBRD. Cities have a vital role in achieving the Paris Agreement to keep temperature rises below 2C with a goal to limit warming below 1.5C as they account for 70 percent of global energy use and 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.