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.
Successful Local Government Fundraising and Project Pitching
Using the example of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, this case study offers practical tips on successful fundraising for climate projects.
How Cities Can Attract Investment for a Green and Just Recovery
In addition to advocating for finance for a green and just recovery, cities can focus on raising revenue and attracting funding to pursue local priorities. This C40 article looks at the options available to cities in the wake of COVID-19.
Paying for Bike Sharing Systems: Examples and Trends
This toolkit explains the various financing and funding options available for bike-sharing systems, focusing on Latin American cities.
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.