News November 22, 2022

The CFF's New City Portfolio

Cape Town_ © Alistair Berg _ GettyImages
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  • New Cities 14
  • New Projects 16
  • Phase dates 2021 - 2024

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) has officially announced its new portfolio of cities!

The CFF will work with 13 new cities for the third phase of programming. The projects in these cities cover a range of climate solutions in different sectors including mobility, buildings and energy, adaptation and nature-based solutions, and waste management. 

You can read about the projects below, they will be added in detail to our website soon. You can also read about the official announcement here


Title photo: Cape Town_ © Alistair Berg : GettyImages.jpg


Enhancing resilience through solid waste separation and community composting.  

The City of Accra, the Honorable Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey and the C40 Cities Finance Facility have teamed up to enhance climate resilience in Accra caused by the waste sector. 44% of Accra’s emissions are generated by the waste sector. An integrated community-based waste management model for source separation and composting will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and health outcomes and reduce the risk of floods. In addition, at least 200 informal waste workers in facility operations are expected to be integrated into this new, formalised, community-based waste management model. The project will be piloted in low-income neighbourhoods across the city while also working on the development of a framework for a city-wide roll-out. 


Expanding urban green space and applying nature-based solutions in Parques del Río Norte 

The city of Medellín, the Honorable Mayor Daniel Quintero Calle and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are working to leverage climate finance and increase the public green space around the Medellín River. In applying nature-based solutions around the Parques del Río Norte, the city will reduce the risk of flooding, erosion, and sedimentation while providing new space for recreation and leisure. Building on the Compact City approach and an earlier pilot in the city centre, Medellín is working to establish environmental and ecological networks in low-income communities that will forge linkages between inhabitants and the Medellín River. The project will be implemented in two stages, with the first stage encompassing 70.000m² and the second the remaining 230.000m² and will benefit nearly 400,000 residents. 


Connecting city residents through expanded cycling infrastructure  

The city of Lima and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are coming together to leverage investment to connect the existing cycling infrastructure between the two districts of San Juan de Lurigancho and Lima Cercado with a cycling and pedestrian bridge over the Río Rímac, which divides the city. San Juan de Lurigancho is the largest district in Lima but currently lacks cycling infrastructure despite high trip rates to the main employment areas – particularly Lima Cercado. The cycling connection forms part of Lima's ambitious plan to develop 640 km of cycling lanes until 2030 and to promote cycling and walking throughout the city. 


Powering green, energy efficient, public buildings  

Jointly, the City of Bogota, Honorable Claudia López and the C40 Cities Finance Facility will explore financial solutions to improve energy efficiency and implement renewable energy solutions on a wide range of public buildings, such as schools, hospitals, universities, municipal buildings, and libraries, with the aim to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The CFF will support the city to prioritise selected buildings - located in densely populated and lower-income areas in Bogotá - for solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency. Building on exemplary past partnerships, this project will further assist the City of Bogotá in reaching its objectives to reduce 50% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. 


Protecting against floods and landslides in low income neighbourhoods 

The city of Salvador, Honorable Bruno Reis and the C40 Cities Finance Facility have come together to increase the resilience of two low-income communities - Vila Mar I and II - through nature-based climate adaptation solutions. The two communities are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather causing flooding and landslides due to their positioning on Salvador’s hills and the informal construction of housing. The project aligns with the city’s goal to reduce the number of people living in at-risk areas to 30% by 2049 as part of its Climate Action Plan. 

Rio de Janeiro 

Powering public mobility with solar energy 

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Honorable Eduardo Paes and the C40 Cities Finance Facility will jointly develop a sustainable Electric Bus Depot, which will enable the electrification of 80-100 electric buses. The depot will integrate sustainable components such as solar panels, energy efficient lighting, water capture and reuse systems, sustainable building materials and waste disposal. The project is in line with Rio de Janeiro's Sustainable Development and Climate Action Plan and in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable bus electrification will bring a number of added benefits, including job creation and improved air quality. 

Kuala Lumpur 

Cooling the cities public buildings with river water 

Kuala Lumpur and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are lining up to develop a District Cooling System (DCS) that will draw water from the Gombak River to cool two Municipal towers in the city centre. Transitioning to DCS technology typically saves up to between 15-20% of the electricity needed and leads to a reduction of operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DCS retrofitting of existing infrastructure is an area where the city of Kuala Lumpur is set to lead by example in Malaysia and the region.  

Kuala Lumpur 

Reducing greenhouse gases by improving energy performance of public buildings  

The city of Kuala Lumpur, Honourable Datuk Seri Mahadi bin Che Ngah and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are jointly working on reducing energy consumption in 27 public buildings through renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, such as the installation of solar photovoltaic systems and energy audits. Fossil fuels make up to two thirds of Malaysia’s energy grid, and the project stands to serve as a model for replication on how cities can drive climate actions that both save money and reduce emissions. 


Developing a cable car mass transit network to connect the city.  

The city of Freetown, Honorable Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and the C40 Cities Finance Facility will work together to unlock finances to develop a cable car project with 4 stations for a total length of 3.6 km. This pilot route will connect the low-income eastern part of Freetown with the central business district, with stations located in underserved hillside communities, with interchanges with buses and ferry terminals. This pilot route is the first out of 4 routes being considered by Freetown. 

Cape Town

Adapting nature-based solutions for flood risk management 

The city of Cape Town, Honorable Geordin Hill-Lewis and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are jointly exploring financial options to develop green infrastructure and implement nature-based solutions in three riparian sub-catchments that flow through a national park, industrial and agricultural areas, and high- to low-income neighbourhoods. The business case for these catchments will inspire a city-wide approach to flood resilience and improved catchment management. 

Cape Town

Decarbonizing the city’s grid through solar farming and efficiency

The city of Cape Town and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are jointly installing a city-owned, large-scale solar photovoltaic plant, a first-of-its-kind in South Africa. They will also develop a business case to achieve net-zero carbon municipal buildings by 2030. The city aims to have climate-neutral energy production by 2050. Since 2020, amended national electricity regulations have allowed municipalities to generate their electricity or purchase it from independent power producers. 


Powering electric buses with solar energy  

The city of Mumbai and the C40 Cities Finance Facility - through a project led by the BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), a government-owned agency in charge of electricity supply and buses - will install solar PV panels on the rooftops of 27 bus depots and surrounding areas (e.g., vacant lots) to decarbonise the grid. The renewable electricity produced will cover around 15-20% of the energy needed for charging Mumbai’s fast-growing fleet of electric buses. 


Transformative riverine management and flood resilience along the Berg River 

The Municipality of Drakenstein, Honorable Conrad Poole and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are working together to develop a transformative riverine management framework for the Berg River and its tributaries. Building on a system approach to flood management, the project will contribute to improving water and flood challenges in the city beyond, as the Berg River feeds one of the region’s critical dams. By increasing flood resilience and riverine health, the project will bring positive impacts and green jobs to the populations living alongside the river. 


Decarbonizing the grid through renewable solar power in the city  

Dakar and C40 Cities Finance Facility have teamed up to prepare an ambitious energy project, which has the potential to lead the installation of renewable energy plants in Senegal and West Africa. The project includes the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on 23 public municipal buildings - such as hospitals, schools, municipal facilities, and government buildings along with energy efficiency measures and a battery energy storage system. With over 350 public buildings in the city with the potential to take up this energy solution at a later stage, this project will help lead the way in reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. 


Improving Energy Performance of Hospitals for a Green and Just Recovery  

DKI Jakarta and the C40 Cities Finance Facility are linking up to unlock green finance and bring renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements to 28 regional public hospitals in DKI Jakarta.  The healthcare sector generates a substantial share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. During the COVID pandemic, energy consumption in hospitals increased even further due to the installation of ventilation and airflow systems which prevent the circulation of contaminated air to other parts of the hospitals. As hospitals operate continuously, improving efficiency and deploying renewable energy solutions will reduce emissions, improve air quality at the site of energy generation, and lower energy costs. They will also reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy and contribute to a green and just recovery from the pandemic.