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A New Financial Hub Supports Green Cities In The EU

650 billion euros. That’s how much it will take for the 112 cities in the European Union that aim to switch to green energy and eliminate harmful emissions by 2030. To help raise these funds, the European Union is creating a financial hub that targets private capital.

KEY FACTS 

  • The Climate City Capital Hub is an international financial resource to further support cities, part of the EU’s mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030.
  • The new hub will give these cities access to cooperation with the European Investment Bank, and help structure financing needs, including pooling projects and presenting them to lenders and investors from the public and private sectors. In addition, this hub is intended to support the process of finalizing deals.
  • The facility will use guarantees from national governments to attract private finance and bring together small projects that would normally find it difficult to access finance individually. Projects may include energy investment plans, efficient buildings, district heating systems, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, urban renewal and regeneration, water and social infrastructure.
  • Public and private financing can take many forms, including the creation of local investment funds or the issuance of bonds to finance specific projects. Private investors have already shown interest.

KEY STORY 

After 377 cities applied to participate in the program, 100 were selected from the bloc and 12 from the associated countries, which are developing a climate plan with the support of the EU and the non-profit consulting firm Bankers Without Borders. This plan then becomes an investment plan, which is evaluated by the European Commission and independent experts before the city receives a label to confirm this fact. Among those chosen to participate in the program were Sofia and Gabrovo. 

So far, 33 cities have signed their plans, including Lyon, Seville, Malmö, Lisbon and Florence, with more cities expected to be approved in October. 10 cities were announced in October 2023, and another 23 in March this year. Among them are cities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Austria, Romania, Sweden, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, France, Cyprus and Turkey.

The label is an important stage in the work of cities engaged in processes such as digitalization and carbon neutrality. Of the 33 investment plans presented so far, approximately €114.1 billion have been budgeted for climate action – an average of €3.6 billion per city. The Commission is currently considering another 23 candidates.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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