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Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities - An IFC Analysis

"Learn about new and innovative methodologies that cities can deploy to narrow the financing gap for climate-smart investments."

Global efforts to successfully limit global warming hinge on cities. More than half of the global population presently lives in urban areas, and this share will only continue to rise over the next 30 years. As a result, the decisions made by city govern... view more

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Part One: The Executive Summary of this report underscores why cities will be at the epicenter of climate action to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, and ends with a preview of case studies within six regions that will be the focus of later segments.

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Part Two: This section discusses why and how cities should adapt to climate change, and the role the private sector can play in the implementation and financing of these efforts.

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Part Three: This section provides interviews from Chief Resilience Officers around the world to showcase a diverse range of priorities and approaches being adopted to build resilience in cities with different climate impact and economic contexts.

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Part Four: This section takes a closer look at cities within East Asia and the Pacific, (1) delving into the current context and policy frameworks in each, (2) estimating the investment potential in key sectors, and (3) identifying the key financial and policy instruments being used to unlock this opportunity for private investment.

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Part Five: This section analyzes the cross-cutting theme of energy efficiency in urban buildings, followed by a coverage of climate adaptation plans and priority sectors for investment within different South Asian cities.

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Part Six: This section comprises deep dives into cities within Europe and Central Asia, summarizing public and private investment opportunities and looking at the policies and ambitions of each city across multiple sectors.

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Part Seven: This section covers the cross-cutting theme of Green Urban Development, followed by a compilation of case studies examining climate investment opportunities for cities within the Middle East and North Africa.

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Part Eight: This section provides a generalized overview of tackling climate change through Green Public Procurement, followed by a deep dive into cities within Sub Saharan Africa.

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Part Nine: This section provides an overview of different data-driven solutions for climate-smart cities, followed by a deep dive into cities within Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Part Ten: This section focuses on financing climate-related actions in cities, identifying the necessary criteria for attracting private financing and showcasing innovative examples of how these criteria have been applied by different cities.