Extension of up to EUR 2.0 billion for Window II under the second Green Cities Framework ('GrCF2 WII'), approved in November 2021, to support investments related to Green Cities, which will bring total funding under GrCF2 to EUR 3.65 billion.
In January 2023, an operation change was made to enable better support to climate action in cities with reallocation of funds from this Extension, keeping it at EUR 1.61 billion. The GrCF2 Window III (OpID 54238), was created to enable prospective sub-projects in the 12 eligible EU Member States to benefit from an Invest EU Guarantees.
The over-arching aim of the GrCF2 is to continue to serve as a sector-wide catalyst for addressing climate and environmental challenges at the city level. This will be achieved through the preparation and subsequent implementation of Green City Action Plans ("GCAP"). GCAP methodology takes a systematic approach to identifying, benchmarking, prioritising and guiding green city actions by cities. The process involves four steps:
- Green city baseline and priority setting: measuring the current status of environmental and climate challenges in the city based on 70 core indicators and identifying the priority environmental challenges that need to be addressed.
- Green City Action Plan: preparing a document that articulates the city's vision, strategic objectives and priority actions and investments to address priority climate change and environmental challenges and meet the objectives, while considering wider co-benefits such as economic inclusion and digitalisation.
- Implementation: execution of the GCAP.
- Monitoring and evaluation: monitoring the GCAP results and updating the GCAP as necessary.
Thus GCAPs will be used as a means of identifying priority environmental and climate change challenges facing a city and subsequent green investments and policy interventions, together with wider strategic objectives in this field and potential co-benefits. Beyond GCAPs, the sub-projects will address company financial and operational performance, implementation capacity (where required), support their access to capital markets, contribute to increasing gender and economic inclusion and integration of digital/smart solutions (where applicable).
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The GrCF2 WII Extension 2 and each sub-project within the Framework will promote significant environmental improvements and support the Green transition quality through the development and implementation of GCAPs for the respective cities. The Framework will also pursue other TI objectives, including the Well-governed, Inclusive, Resilient or Competitive as the secondary transition quality for the sub-operations under the Framework. These secondary TI qualities will be pursued through selected project design and technical cooperation aimed at relevant capacity building and reforms.
The Clients (borrowers) for the GrCF2 Window II will include sovereigns, municipalities, municipal owned utility companies, private companies and other sovereign entities supporting green city investmentsfor the purpose of investing in green urban infrastructure.
EBRD Finance Summary
The GrCF2 Window II Extension 2 will consist of public (both sovereign and non- sovereign) and private loans and bonds, in an aggregate amount of up to EUR 1,613 million, following the operation change approved in January 2023.
Total Project Cost
The GrCF2 will benefit from co-financing and technical cooperation assignments, funded by International donors, to support preparation and implementation of sub-projects.
Terms: Long-term sovereign and non-sovereign financing of municipal investments within the parameters of the GC initiative; Conditionalities: covenants in support of the green agenda, together with improving the operational and financial efficiency of the respective utility companies; EBRD attributes: in support of the GET 2.1, the GrCF2 will apply enhanced eligibility criteria with higher levels of climate-investment ambition. Non-financial additionality: higher inclusion and gender standards will be achieved.
Environmental and Social Summary
The Framework itself is not categorised. Each sub-project will be individually categorised and willbe subject to sub-project specific Environmental and Social Due Diligence and Environmental andSocial Action Plan. The sub-Projects under the GrCF2 will also meet the specific eligibility criteriaof the Framework, including that they result in significant environmental benefits. All sub-Projectscategorised as "A", which are not expected to be significant in number, will be submitted to Board for approval regardless of the size of the loan.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
A comprehensive TC package is envisaged to be deployed in support of the Framework and sub-projects. The TC assignments will be deployed taking into account country and city specifics, designed to the specific needs of each client. The following TC assignments are envisaged for sub-projects implemented under the framework:
- Green City Action Plans and Policy Dialogue.
- Feasibility Studies.
- Gender Advisory Services.
- Environmental and Social Assessment.
- Project Implementation Support.
- Capacity Building Support TCs.
- Green Finance Roadmaps.
- Civil Society Capacity Building.
The TC package for each sub-project will be designed on the basis of the need identified as part of the project structuring.
The TCs are expected to be funded by bilateral or multilateral donors and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund ("SSF").
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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)
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