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.
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National Designated Authority
Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Director of General Directorate of Sustainable Development
Ministere des Affaires Locales et l'Environnement, Cite Administrative, Rue du Developpement, Cite el Khadra, Tunis, Tunisia
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
National Focal Point for the GCF
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Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination of Economic Sectors and Investments
Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination of Economic Sectors and Investments
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Advisor, Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination of Economic Sectors and Investments
State Counselor on Climate Change, Ministry of environment and physical planning
News + Stories
EBRD-GCF Green Cities Facility Takes a Major Step Forward
30 Apr 2020 / A joint investment by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will modernise the metro in Georgia's capital, kicking off an initiative to support low-carbon, climate-resilient urban development. The project is the first to be jointly co-financed by GCF and EBRD as part of the Green Cities Facility, which prioritises sustainable, green investment. Improving the resilience of vital urban infrastructure is essential to response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
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.