Zurich, Switzerland, 19 May, 2021 – In 2021, the City Finance Lab will support the development of two innovative financing solutions to prepare their launch across Europe, serving to unlock climate finance and scale-up urban climate ambition.
Resulting from EIT Climate-KIC and South Pole's City Finance Lab's (CFL) third call for proposals, two selected solutions will receive tailored technical advisory from the CFL's pool of technical advisors throughout 2021 to support their development and implementation. Both solutions cover crucial topics to help cities across their climate journeys.
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These initiatives were voted on and selected by the CFL's Selection Committee – a council of municipal finance experts made up of the following members:
The CFL committee chose these solutions due to their strong public and private climate finance mobilisation potential, their state-of-the-art innovation, and ability to be scaled and replicated across other cities and regions. Both solutions show promise in aiding cities to raise capital to implement sustainable projects and helping them unlock additional finance to develop new green infrastructure, which in turn will allow cities to further raise their climate ambition.
Since its launch in 2018, the CFL has already supported ten innovative, replicable, and scalable financing solutions that will drive investments into climate-resilient, low-carbon, and green urban projects for sustainable cities in Europe, while also stimulating the replication of the supported initiatives through knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Within these three years, the CFL helped the City of Lisbon develop its first Green Participatory Budget (PB) and pledge to mobilise up to EUR 5 million for the development of sustainable infrastructure identified by citizens, and a parallel green school PB. In addition, the CFL supported the city of La Rochelle on the development of a Carbon Aggregator, a project that will gather private funders to develop local sustainable projects. In 2020, the city announced its official launch.
Other examples include supporting Poland's National Energy Conservation Agency (NAPE) in the creation of an online tool to support cities identify appropriate retrofitting measures and establish energy performance contracting (ESCO) schemes, and NAPE's release of their ESCO for municipalities tool with a pilot project underway in Lubań.
The support of initiatives such as the City Finance Lab has the potential to catalyze climate action for all people in urban centres. "The City Finance Lab is a platform for testing and implementing innovative financing solutions with the support of targeted experts. However, its true impact lies in the replication potential of the solutions that it supports – which multiplies its potential impact substantially." says Thomas Osdoba, Senior Advisor EIT Climate-KIC and CFL Selection Committee Member.
About the City Finance Lab: The City Finance Lab – a joint initiative of South Pole and EIT Climate-KIC – is a platform supporting the development of innovative, replicable, and scalable financing solutions that drive investment into climate-resilient, low-carbon and green urban projects for sustainable cities. Learn more on the website: www.cityfinancelab.com. Read about the 2019 winners here.