Europe’s ‘City Finance Lab’ launches first call for ideas today

04 Jun 2018 by South Pole News

The City Finance Lab (CFL), a joint venture between EIT Climate-KIC and South Pole, opens its first call for ideas for cutting edge climate finance solutions for cities today, 4th June. Selected ideas will be announced in early September and will receive guidance to develop and improve their proposals from city finance experts at leading public, private and philanthropic organisations.

With the CFL Committee comprising of leading city finance experts from public and private organisations, proponents of selected ideas will also have opportunities to showcase their plans to potential partners and investors. The call for proposals runs until 20th July with the aim of unlocking significant investment in critical urban climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects in European cities.

Globally, due to the rapid urbanisation and modernisation requirements, municipalities which are responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions worldwide will need significant investments – on top of business-as-usual infrastructure costs – to improve the climate-resilience of their infrastructure, especially in the areas of transport, energy, water, waste, and building sectors. However, according to the World Bank, less than 15% of global climate finance reaches cities, and European cities are no exception: many struggle to access climate finance and create 'bankable' climate projects that will attract investors.

Submit an initial 500-word summary of your idea here

Read more about City Finance Lab at

Listen to the webinar on how the City Finance Lab can help you scale climate finance for cities

For more information, please contact:

  • Hans-Peter Egler, Director Public Affairs, South Pole at
  • Victor Gancel, Programme Manager, Low Carbon City Lab, Climate-KIC at
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