Finance is available in many countries; the challenge is accessing it. Strong policy signals, enabling policies, effective project preparation and innovative financial instruments can help cities take advantage of the full range of financing opportunities available.
This article, produced by C40 Cities, looks at urban financing options in the context of COVID-19 and the strategies and challenges involved with pursuing specific financing instruments. The article discusses green and climate bonds, social impact and sustainability bonds, community-scale projects, fossil fuel divestment, strategic regulations, and private-public partnerships, among other tools which build urban resilience and promote pandemic recovery.
How to decide if green bonds are right for your city
Green bonds can provide attractive financing options for climate projects in various sectors, but bond issuance is not possible in every context. In this guide, we explain how you can decide if green bonds are a good option for your city.
Addressing Finance and Capacity Barriers
This paper advocates for cities to adopt nature-based solutions through evidence-based arguments and case studies of cities across the globe.
Financing Urban Transformation: Don’t Leave It Up to Cities Alone
International development institutions have a crucial role to play in the multilevel effort to finance green, low-carbon urban infrastructure projects, as does the private sector.
Clean Energy & Buildings Finance Academy
Hosted in Cape Town, this UrbanShift workshop brought together eight cities to discuss the promotion and financing of small-scale clean energy generation on public and private buildings.