Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI)

LUCI elevates and tracks commitments made by Alliance member initiatives, helping them to implement bold targets by 2025.


LUCI initiatives have made significant strides in supporting cities for impact

targets to
reach by 2025
currently 2000

Cities with enhanced project preparation capacity.

500+ 1000

Climate smart and resilient bankable projects.

91 1000

Projects linked to finance for implementation.

48 100

Innovative financing mechanisms to support climate smart infrastructure in cities.


About LUCI

The Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI) initiative raises ambition through four quantifiable, trackable targets, helping select Alliance members implement bold and effective targets. LUCI enables these ambitious targets by catalyzing action along the entire pipeline of subnational climate finance from project conception through financing. Hosted by the Alliance, LUCI was initiated by a multi-stakeholder coalition led by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) at the UN SG Climate Summit in 2019.

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LUCI initiatives are committed to ambitious targets along the entire value chain of subnational climate finance from project conception through financing.

LUCI initiatives have a world presence, supporting urban climate project preparation across the globe.

Case Studies: LUCI Initiatives are Driving Impact on the Ground

The City Climate Finance Gap Fund: Early-Stage Project Support Podgorica, Montenegro


The new Gap Fund, one central initiative of LUCI, is the first global fund dedicated to supporting cities in the very early stages of project development, with an aim to unlock EUR 4 billion of investment off a target EUR 100 million budget. In Podgorica, The Gap Fund is supporting the city in mapping relevant public buildings to help identify which ones could be suitable for green roofs combined with facades to improve energy efficiency in buildings and increase the permeability of surfaces in public spaces. Cities can apply directly for early-stage project support or learn more through networks like GCoM, C40, and ICLEI. 

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C40 Cities Finance Facility – Preparing Investment-Ready Projects in Jakarta, Indonesia


The C40 City Finance Facility (CFF) supports cities through  technical assistance to develop cities’ sustainability priorities into bankable investment proposals, in collaboration with C40 Cities and GIZ. In Jakarta, the CFF is supporting the city to implement an operational trial fleet of 100 e-buses in the network of TransJakarta, which will contribute to Jakarta’s target of promoting public transport mode share to 60% as well as to 100% electrify TransJakarta’s fleet in 2030.

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ICLEI TAP - Palmas Solar Program


To improve its solar power capacity, the city of Palmas in Brazil adopted a strategy and in 2015 launched the Palmas Solar Program. Reaffirming the city’s commitment to sustainable development, the program offers tax incentives for households and businesses to install photovoltaic panels and become small-scale energy producers. Through this program, the city expects to maximize the share of renewables in the energy mix and become a national leader in installed solar capacity by 2022.

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ICLEI TAP - Increasing Access to Sustainable Public Services


Doumé is taking measures to tackle climate change by increasing sustainable access to water and electricity. Launched in 2019, the Doumé “Access to Sustainable Public Services” project has managed to obtain support from the European Union funded Covenant of Mayors Sub Saharan Africa (CoM-SSA) III project that will help the local government to develop the necessary pre- feasibility studies.

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CDIA - Flood Control, Environmental Improvement, and Water Reclamation Works in Pu’er

Pu'er City, China

The CDIA project preparation study aimed to rehabilitate the Simao River and keep Pu’er City protected from flooding.

Following the approval of the city application, CDIA deployed a consulting team in Pu’er from January to June 2012. Taking off from the conceptual design approved by the municipal government, the CDIA consultants prepared a final design for Simao river rehabilitation.

The ecological and green development approach recommended by CDIA in 2012 has been recognized as a key strategy towards achieving sustainable river rehabilitation and creating a healthy and liveable environment for the 60,000 people directly affected by the project.

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