Financing Energy for Low-carbon Investment - Cities Advisory Facility (FELICITY)

The emissions mitigation potential of sustainable energy systems in cities and municipalities still cannot be realised, despite an increase in the supply of financial instruments. Cities and municipalities often lack the relevant knowledge, the capacities for the development of projects that are eligible for funding and adequate framework conditions for the fulfillment of international loan requirements. The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) established an advisory facility at the EIB to address these challenges. The project advised cities and municipalities on how to apply for and use funding, supported capacity building in local administrations and advised policymakers on international climate financing at national level. It also promoted knowledge management for financing mechanisms and the further development of instruments and methods such as the Nationally Determined Contributions. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package.

Project data

Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico
IKI funding
13,350,000.00 €
03/2017 till 12/2022
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Development Bank of Ecuador B.P. (BDE)
  • Ministry of Commerce - China
  • Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) – Brazil
  • Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) - Mexico
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia
Implementing Partner
  • European Investment Bank

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • FELICITY supports ten urban Infrastructure projects projects in Brazil (Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Maringá), Mexico (Mexico City, Naucalpan), Indonesia (Batam, Makassar) and Ecuador (Antonio Ante, Atacames, Jipijapa).
  • The ten projects have an estimated investment volume of 541 million euros, and an emission reduction potential of up to 2.0 million tCO2eq over 15 years.
  • At the end of June 2022, FELICITY concluded its activities in the partner countries. The video "FELICITY in one word" (…) shows the diversity of cooperation within FELICITY.
  • High-level events, such as World Urban Forum 11, demonstrated the impact of the initiative in the spirit of Team Europe, with participation of IKI, EU, EIB, GIZ, as well as FELICITY partner cities (Lessons from FELICITY:…, BRT in Indonesia:…)
  • More than 2.600 people from different levels of government have participated in trainings organized by FELICITY until June 2022. Selected trainings are available online:
    • Online Seminar on Project Preparation (ES/EN):…
    • Introduction to EIB Financing Conditions (ES):…
    • Training on the Handbook for Investments in Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings (PT):…
    • guideline for the identification of climate projects (ES):…
  • In Ecuador, EIB and the Ecuadorian Development Bank BDE concluded a framework loan. Antonio Ante and Jipijapa have already submitted their projects for funding. (…)
  • In Mexico, the waste management project in Naucalpan became part of the national investment planning. (…)
  • The energy efficiency project in Mexico City was classified as "sustainable" according to FAST-Infra Label on Sustainable Infrastructure and published in SOURCE (…)
  • In Brazil, a high-level dialogue process on urban climate finance and green recovery was launched on 01.09.2021 together with BMU (… ). This was prompted by a comprehensive study by the World Resource Institute Brazil on the obstacles in this policy field.
  • In Brazil, the development bank BRDE plans to partially finance the Porto Alegre project once the city council approves the project (…)
  • In Maringá, FELICITY organized a workshop with BRDE to renew urban street lighting and build another solar plant worth 5 million euros.
  • In Brazil, another 116 city representatives participated in online training on the use of the Manual for the Development of Solar and Energy Efficiency Projects in Public Buildings, developed with the Brazilian Ministry of Energy and based on FELICITY's experience in Porto Alegre. Ten cities are already developing related projects using the new standards.
  • In Indonesia, feasibility studies for two bus rapid transit systems in Batam and Metropolitan Makassar were completed in 2021. The projects are now ready to be included in the national funding process.
  • The FELICITY consultancy in Metropolitan Makassar received positive coverage in the Indonesian press during an inaugural visit to the mayor and governor in May 2021. (…)
  • As part of CCFLA's Enabling Frameworks Action Group, FELICITY has been advocating on the topic of "national frameworks for subnational climate finance." A methodology for assessing the latter is currently being developed by the working group, which is analyzing Indonesia and Ecuador, among others, as pilot countries.
  • As part of the FELICITY-supported "ICLEI TAP Pitch Event" in May 2021, cities from Latin America and the Caribbean had the opportunity to present their projects to international financiers:…

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