About Aymeric Reymond, Senior Consultant, South Pole

Aymeric Reymond is a Senior Consultant at South Pole, a leading global sustainability consulting company, specialising in financing climate change mitigation and adaptation. His work focuses on mobilising climate finance for cities, energy efficiency in buildings, sustainable infrastructure, impact funds and platform management. Aymeric is South Pole's co-lead on the City Finance Lab (CFL), a platform supporting the development of innovative financial solutions that increase investment in resilient, low-carbon and sustainable urban projects. He holds an MSc in Financial Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

How to Scale Innovative Financing Solutions for Green Infrastructure

Historically, like most urban infrastructure, green infrastructure has been the responsibility of local governments. Green infrastructure is rarely seen a priority for local governments because its value is not always obvious or quantifiable. Growing pressure on municipal budgets, and many competing priorities for funds, has decreased the focus on green infrastructure. An additional challenge for local governments to scale the implementation of green infrastructure is the ability to invest in it in the first place, as green infrastructure depends almost entirely on public financing.

The biggest roadblock for implementing and scaling green infrastructure is the financing. We urgently need innovative financing solutions that will alleviate the financial burden of the public sector by strategically involving the private sector. The private sector can drive the uptake of green infrastructure through capital investments and implementation support, while reaping the social, environmental, and financial benefits. These actions from the private sector can help mainstream infrastructure that is smart, sustainable, and resilient to a changing climate.

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