Rapid urbanization and climate disasters are placing enormous stress on infrastructure globally, including water, transportation, energy and waste systems. Building resilient, low-carbon infrastructure systems is essential for cities to adapt to urban expansion and climate change. However, many city governments lack local revenue sources to pursue capital-intensive infrastructure projects. To attract investment, projects that address climate adaptation and urbanization must align with the priorities of investors and the infrastructure needs at the local level. The private sector, international financial institutions and development banks are increasingly becoming more active financiers in the city space, though more investment is needed.
This document presents a list of benchmarks that funders consider before financing a climate project.
How Cities Can Attract Investment for a Green and Just Recovery
Strategic and innovative financing instruments can help cities build urban resilience and promote a just recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
Climate Finance Glossary
City leaders can utilize this resource to better understand the many types of financing instruments available to them and identify climate financing solutions.