Energy transition and resilient cities

FFEM has long supported the energy transition in developing countries. Our objective is to contribute to climate change mitigation and socio economic development through sustainable and affordable access to energy. We also seek to adapt cities to climate change and improve people’s living conditions.


By 2030, 95% of urban growth will be in developing countries. FFEM’s approach is to address the issues of energy transition and cities together, to promote low-carbon development and to strengthen climate resilience. We target underfunded aspects of the energy transition, such as energy efficiency and nature based solutions.
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Promoting low-carbon energy efficiency


Promoting low-carbon energy efficiency

FFEM supports projects aiming at energy efficiency and demand management, particularly in the non-localized consumption sectors of transport, buildings, refrigeration, and public lighting. In the field of construction, we promote urban renewal based on low-carbon energy through the optimization of buildings, rational energy management, and the use of environmentally responsible materials. At the household level, we target control of energy consumption by supporting the choice of fuels from sustainable sources. This policy is linked to our actions on the management of wood, forest, and agricultural resources. We also support enhanced use of biomass.

Encouraging new technologies

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Encouraging new technologies

FFEM gives priority to innovative and environment friendly solutions to increase access to modern and sustainable energy services in developing countries. Our actions incorporate new technologies for optimal management of production systems, storage, and energy consumption. We recognize that cities and the connected-building sector provide great innovation potential for improved energy efficiency. We also provide support for digitization and equipment interconnection, for example by developing mini-grids based on new technologies such as smart electricity grids and smart meters.

Making cities more resilient


Making cities more resilient

Pressure on ecosystems from rapid urbanization means that they can no longer play their regulatory role, consequently affecting people’s environment and living conditions. To strengthen the resilience of cities to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change, we support the promotion and preservation of natural areas in cities. We encourage nature based solutions that restore ecosystem functions: temperature regulation, reduction of coastal erosion and pollution, replenishment of groundwater, maintenance of soil absorption capacity, etc.


projects on energy and sustainable cities financed since 1995
committed to energy transition and sustainable cities over the past 25 years

Across-cutting approach

Human activities, especially in cities, impact biodiversity and ecosystems.To preserve them over the long term, FFEM’s projects target change in use and improvement in practices. That’s why our projects include the fight against climate change in a cross-cutting way. For example, the gathering of woodfuel is linked to the issue of deforestation, and the question of energy systems to that of sustainable consumption and production. In this way, we contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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Energy transition and resilient cities at FFEM

Since its creation in 1994, Energy transition and resilient cities have remained two of the FFEM’s

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