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Banking on Cities: How Innovative Financing Mechanisms Can Help Close The Urban Climate Investment Gap

Rowan Douglas, CEO Climate Risk and Resilience, Howden
David Jackson, Director of Local Development Finance, UNCDF
Lizzie Marsters, Environmental Finance Manager, World Resource Institute
Naa Quaynor-Mettle, Climate and Green Buildings Lead, Reall
Ariane Pevide, Climate Finance Director, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Event by: Climate Policy initiative (Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance)
2 hours 30 minutes

11:00 AM - 01:30 PM EDT
Orrick, (51 West 52nd Street, NY 10019-6142)
Private event

New York City,
United States

Banking on cities: How innovative financing mechanisms can help close the urban climate investment gap?

Today, private sector investment in urban climate projects represents only a small fraction of total flows, despite the growing evidence that private funds are available and commercial institutions are willing to commit. One of the main barriers preventing private investment in urban climate infrastructure projects is the lack of suitable and affordable financial instruments from the private sector.

Initiated by the German Federal Government at the United Nations Secretary General's Climate Action Summit in 2019, and hosted by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), the Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI) is a framework that tracks the contribution of 23 champion initiatives to closing the urban climate finance gap. LUCI is structured around four targets reflecting the entire urban climate finance value chain. In particular, LUCI Target 4 aims to deploy 100 innovative financing mechanisms that support climate smart infrastructure in cities by 2025. This can only be achieved by an increased commitment and collaboration between LUCI initiatives and the private sector to identify and scale new financing mechanisms for climate-smart urban projects.

This event will continue the Banking on Cities event series initiated by CCFLA in the 2022 New York City Climate Week with the Banking on Cities: How to boost private investment in green urban infrastructure event.


• Welcome remarks (5') Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director, Climate Policy Initiative

• Opening remarks (5') Vera Rodenhoff, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation, International Energy Transition, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

• Panel discussion (60') – What lessons can we learn from project preparation facilities and the private sector's efforts to increase financial innovation for urban climate projects?

Moderator: Priscilla Negreiros, Senior Manager, Climate Policy Initiative

Panelists: TBC 

• Closing remarks: (5') Bella Tonkonogy, Climate Finance Director, Climate Policy Initiative

• Networking lunch (60')