ISTANBUL JOINS EBRD GREEN CITIES URBAN SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
Our first potential collaboration will be on the İncirli-Beylikdüzü metro line project
We signed a memorandum of understanding in a virtual ceremony on May 3 with the President of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Odile Renaud-Basso. The MoU will formalize Istanbul’s participation in the EBRD’s flagship “Green Cities” urban sustainability program.
In her opening remarks, the EBRD President welcomed Istanbul into the Green Cities initiative and said: “The EBRD’s Green Cities program offers a pioneering vision of how we can reimagine and reshape the cities we live in, and build a better and more sustainable future for us all. The EBRD is already financing two metro lines that keep Istanbul on the move, and we are ready to fund more improvements to public transport and other areas of city life.”
“Istanbul stands to gain enormously from the investment, policy advice, and expertise that come with joining this program. Just as the program itself will also benefit from welcoming such a historic and truly impressive city,” she added.
One of my main promises before becoming mayor was a ‘green Istanbul’ for everyone. Today I announce with great joy that we have taken an important step towards this goal through an agreement between the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and the EBRD. Following our sister cities Ankara and İzmir, we will be the 47th city to participate in the Green Cities urban sustainability program.
Our first potential collaboration will be the İncirli-Sefaköy-TÜYAP metro line, a vital project for the future of our city. Istanbul is a city with great potential, and I do not doubt that we will accomplish very successful milestones.
The 14-kilometer long İncirli-Sefaköy-TÜYAP metro line will connect the east and the west of the city, including Beylikdüzü.