General Low Carbon City Lab Training Hub FAQs

What is the Low Carbon City Lab Training Hub?

This site has been designed to develop a community of practice around the work of the Low Carbon City Lab (LoCal) programme and its partners/projects. The official launch will be in early 2018. So, watch this space for more information! To give a flavour of the types of learning resources and community areas that the Hub will provide, please enrol to take a preview at our first two course: Green Bonds for Cities and Results Based Finance and The Gold Standard.

Disclaimer:

Climate-KIC and its partners do not bear any responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location. Our online courses usually require a minimum of 1mbs stable internet connection; external resources (such as videos) might need a higher connection speed to be accessed at a good quality. All content has been created by Climate-KIC and LoCaL partner organisations unless otherwise stated. We have aimed to attribute properly to all external resources and have requested permission to use external content when necessary. Each course contains a list of references for all external content.

LoCaL TRAINING HUB – Green Bonds for Cities FAQs

 

What is this site?

This is an online educational resource. The aim? To provide access to quality, interactive learning materials that offer an introduction to green bonds. It’s a flexible resource, so you can view as much or as little of the learning content as meets your needs. Oh, did we mention it also works great on tablets and smartphones?

What’s here?

At the heart of this learning resource are eight, short ‘learning nuggets’ (or modules). Each one offers the practical, ‘must know’ information to support cities and municipalities in gaining access to the green bond market. Each learning nugget links out to other valuable internet resources, if you wish to find out more.

Who is this course for?

The short answer is ANYONE! If you are interested in green bonds and contributing to the fight against climate change, then this resource will have something for you. Part 2 of the course offers access to the Green Bonds for Cities Assessment Tool, which provides interactive support to cities wishing to issue green bonds. Part 2 also offers additional guidance and information on each step of the issuance process for cities getting ready to issue green bonds.

Is this course available in languages other than English?

At the present time, the course is available only in English.

Whom can I speak to if I want to learn more?

You can learn more about the content of the course by contacting any of the following individuals:

What level is this learning aimed at?

This is an introductory-level learning resource. No prior knowledge is assumed and we’ve tried to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible. If you are over the age of 16, you should have no problems!

What’s in it for me?

We hope this learning resource will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to take action. We hope you’ll also become an active part of our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, this course has something for you.

Who created this course?

This online module was developed in close collaboration with Climate-KIC, the South Pole Group and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero-carbon economy. We address climate change across four priority themes: urban transitions, land use, production systems, and decision metrics and finance. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

What is the Green Bonds for Cities Assessment Tool? Who created it?

The Green Bonds for Cities Assessment Tool is an interactive Excel sheet that offers support for each of the steps involved in issuing a green bond. It was developed by the South Pole Group, Climate Bonds Initiative, Climate-KIC, ICLEI and CPI.

How do I join the course?

To start this course, all you need is to sign up to be registered on this site and to access the Green Bonds for Cities course.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

We expect that a minimum 1mbs internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbs and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.

How do I get involved in the learning community?

  • In the Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged. Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are.
  • You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself.
  • Use the "Introduce yourself to the community" forum to introduce yourself to others and find out what people are talking about.

How do I ask a question or start a discussion?

To start a new thread, you simply select Start a new discussion on the Discussions page. Then you chose the category your topic fits into and give your post a title. In the Your message field, you can describe what you want to talk about with your fellow learners.

 

LoCaL TRAINING HUB – Results Based Finance and The Gold Standard FAQs

 

What is this site?

This is an online educational resource. The aim? To provide access to quality, interactive learning materials that discuss how sustainable urban development projects/programmes can be made more investible. It’s a flexible resource, so you can view as much or as little of the learning content as meets your needs. Oh, did we mention it also works great on tablets and smartphones?

What’s here?

At the heart of this learning resource are two modules or parts containing a number of self-contained ‘learning nuggets’. Part 1 explains the concept of results based finance and gives an overview of the Gold Standard certification process that facilitates this. It also contains two case studies of cities that undertook assessments to see if results based finance was appropriate. Part 2 describes the Gold Standard certification process in detail, focusing on the specific actions that cities must take to ensure their project/programme becomes certified and therefore a good investment proposition.

Who is this course for?

The course is primarily for city officials, project developers and enterprise representatives, who are interested in securing funding for urban development projects/programmes. However, if you are an investor, a policy maker, an NGO or a student of urban development, then this resource will have something for you.

How much does this course cost?

Both modules are free to access.

Is this course available in languages other than English?

At the present time, the course is only available in English.

Whom can I speak to if I want to learn more?

You can learn more about the content of the course by contacting the following people:

What level is this learning aimed at?

This is an introductory-level learning resource. No prior knowledge is assumed and we’ve tried to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible. If you are over the age of 16, you should have no problem.

What’s in it for me?

We hope this learning resource will encourage you to design and implement sustainable urban development projects using best practices and identify clear and measurable SDG outcomes. Maybe you’ll have an idea for a new project that has a range of quantifiable outcomes, or perhaps you’ll help others to reconsider what outcomes their projects can deliver. Either way, we hope you’ll become an active part of our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, this course has something for you.

Who created this course?

This course was developed by Climate-KIC, the South Pole Group and The Gold Standard as part of the LoCaL programme. For more information on the LoCaL Training Hub, please contact local@climate-kic.org

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero-carbon economy. We address climate change across four priority themes: urban transitions, land use, production systems, and decision metrics and finance. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

What is the Sustainable Development Assessment Tool? Who created it?

The Sustainable Development Assessment Tool is an interactive Excel spreadsheet that helps cities and municipalities assess the extent to which their planned project/programme contributes towards the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The tool was created to support Gold Standard certification by The Gold Standard itself.

How do I join?

To start this course, all you need is to sign up to be registered on this site and to access the Results Based Finance & The Gold Standard course.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

We expect that a minimum 1mbs internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbs and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.

How do I get involved in the learning community?

In the Results Based Finance Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged. Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are.

You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself.

Use the 'Introduce yourself to the community' forum to introduce yourself to others and find out what people are talking about.

How do I ask a question or start a discussion?

To start a new thread, you simply select Start a new discussion on the Discussions page. Then you choose the category your topic fits into and give your post a title. In the Your message field, you can describe what you want to talk about with your fellow learners.