EBRD Green Cities strives to build a better and more sustainable future for cities and their residents. The programme achieves this by identifying, prioritising and connecting cities’ environmental challenges with sustainable infrastructure investments and policy measures.
The path to becoming a green city is continuous, allowing cities to adjust their strategic objectives and visions over time. The process has three key stages:
1. Green City
The first step in developing a Green City Action Plan (GCAP) involves assessing the city’s environmental performance using 35 core indicators covering a wide range of urban issues. The indicators evaluate the state of the city’s environmental assets, its overall resource efficiency and climate change risks.
These indicators are combined with local stakeholder input from civil society organizations, private sector partners and national actors to identify and prioritise the city’s environmental challenges.
In the next stage of the GCAP, the city establishes its long-term visions (10-15 years) for green city development. For example, the city could decide to reduce the waste sent to landfills and significantly increase recycling rates, or move passengers to using more active and public modes of transportation.
The city then identifies specific, short-term actions (1-5 years) that can be taken to reach its long-term vision. These could include implementing household waste collection and separation systems to increase recycling or investing in electric buses to increase use of public transportation.
The GCAPs take the city’s financial and budgetary context into account and identify potential sources of finance for the investments and policy measures identified.
Working with local stakeholders, the city undertakes the infrastructure investments and policy measures as outlined in the GCAP. The EBRD can support these efforts at the city’s request. It can also provide support to access additional funding from donors and other international organisations for both grants and concessional loans.
To track the progress of the GCAP in achieving its targets, the city periodically reviews implementation. This allows the city to inform the public on what was accomplished, adjust the action plan as needed, and take further policy and investment decisions outlined in the GCAP.
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