Identify and implement cost-effective solutions for urban challenges

Cities are critical players in achieving a sustainable future for all: By 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in urban centres, which already account for 70% of global CO2 emissions in the energy sector. Your city can play a vital role in financing solutions and turning vision into practical action plans. As a city with sustainability objectives, you can benefit from the innovation potential of businesses and the financial sector to identify cost-effective solutions for some of the most pressing urban challenges.

Measures to reduce emissions at city-level can create the necessary tipping point to reach climate change mitigation goals and sustainable economic growth. Depending on cities' needs, we offer:

  • Monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) services and/or direct advice on concrete projects
  • Match-making opportunities for investors and cities, and consulting for cities on the most innovative tools to access finance

Monitoring services and advisory on urban projects

Together with the Gold Standard Foundation, we have developed a new module for Sustainable Urban Development: This module allows cities to improve finance for the low-carbon development programmes based on certified climate and development results. Our expertise also extends to advisory services for cities in places such as Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand on technical solutions and planning tools for low-carbon development: We are, for instance, piloting the monitoring of CO2 from transport with mobile phone data with the City of Nuremberg. Creating strategy and putting in place robust urban systems to design inclusive, safe, sustainable, and disaster-resilient cities is a collaborative effort. We work with development agencies, municipal decision-makers, and the local civil society to ensure enduring solutions and to measure progress on sustainable and climate-smart urban development.

Attracting and securing finance for cities through smart match-making

Through our leading role in EU's global Low Carbon City Lab, we work at the epicentre of establishing better match-making opportunities for investors and cities. We consult cities on the most innovative tools to access finance. This includes:

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