Warsaw has become Poland’s first city to join EBRD Green Cities, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s flagship urban sustainability programme.
“Both parties will endeavour to cooperate in identifying investment project opportunities in green infrastructure development priority areas,” states the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski and EBRD Regional Director for Central Europe and the Baltics and Head of Poland, Grzegorz Zieliński.
Warsaw, with a population of almost 1.8 million people, is the largest city in Poland and the country’s political, economic and cultural hub.
In particular, air pollution is a serious concern. Recognising the impact of poor air quality and the global effects of carbon emissions, the city is developing a greener future by investing in its public transit system and working on a comprehensive strategy to improve its environmental performance.
Warsaw’s initial EBRD Green Cities trigger investment is expected to involve the acquisition of up to 45 new metro trains for the expansion of the Warsaw Metro Line II later this year and connecting the north and south of the city by crossing the river Vistula.
Poland’s capital will receive the combined support of EBRD Green Cities and the climate leadership group C40 to develop a multi-decade investment plan and roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality while addressing its most immediate challenges in the short term.