Lisbon City Council's first-ever 'green' participatory budget, an initiative supported and managed by South Pole and EIT Climate-KIC's City Finance Lab, has been allocated a €5 million budget to support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects selected by local citizens.
The Mayor of Lisbon made the announcement in May during the ceremony for this cycle's winning citizen-selected projects.
Part of Lisbon City's participatory budget, the 'green' label sets aside funds for projects with positive climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts, such as cycling lanes, tree planting for street heat reduction, or water capture and storage.
The impact of the 'green' participatory budget is two-fold; ensuring constant annual investments into the city's low-carbon transition, whilst also raising awareness among citizens of the benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. The public investment also aims to become a catalyst to unlock private-sector capital for such projects.
The high potential for replication of this initiative in more than 1500 cities globally that also have participatory budgets is a significant milestone – including a number of cities in Portugal, which have already expressed their interest.
The Lisbon City Council's 'green' participatory budget was one of the first five innovative financing solutions supported by the City Finance Lab in 2018, and is the first to raise dedicated funds for the climate-aligned transition. The City Finance Lab will work towards scaling the initiative in Lisbon and replicating it in other cities.
"Lisbon is strongly committed to its transition towards a sustainable climate-resilient city. Thanks to the valuable support of the advisors of the City Finance Lab in 2018, we have reached a milestone in the implementation of a 'green' participatory budget, to channel investments into climate mitigation and adaptation projects," says Paulo Francisco, Head Chief of the Participation Division of the Lisbon City Council.
"The success and scalability of Lisbon's 'green' seal demonstrates the value of the City Finance Lab in securing new sources of financing for sustainable urban projects. The City Finance Lab has a vital role to play in incubating innovative financing solutions and stimulating scaling and replication, which are vital in transforming the landscapes of our global cities towards a low-carbon future," says Hans-Peter Egler, Director Public Affairs, South Pole.
"Cities are places of tremendous potential and in need of climate finance. The City Finance Lab aims to support EU municipalities willing to pilot innovative mechanisms and share their learnings globally. We are proud of our collaboration with Lisbon who embeds commitment for an inclusive and participatory process to support localised climate action," says Victor Gancel, Program Manager, EIT Climate-KIC.
Launched in 2018, the City Finance Lab is Europe's first dedicated platform supporting the development of innovative financing solutions that increase investment in low-carbon, resilient and sustainable urban projects.
The platform is managed by South Pole and operates across EIT Climate-KIC's Urban Transition and Decision Metrics and Finance programs.
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