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Grassroots, new routes? Citizens and stakeholders take the lead on climate neutrality in Parma, Lyon, Guimarães, and Bristol

2024-06-07T12:21:24+02:00

Author: Alan MacKenzie The difficulties of building a broad and active civic network are not hard to imagine – competing interests, clashing personalities, and conflicting visions are just a few that might come to mind.   And engaging them in local climate action is arguably another level altogether.   But many cities in the EU Cities Mission are embracing the challenge, recognising that a wide range of actors improves not only the legitimacy of any climate plan but its effectiveness too. After all, who holds more expertise on peoples’ abilities and needs than those people themselves?  Four cities [...]

Grassroots, new routes? Citizens and stakeholders take the lead on climate neutrality in Parma, Lyon, Guimarães, and Bristol2024-06-07T12:21:24+02:00

Unlocking Citizen-Empowered Transformation

2024-05-22T14:47:56+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes Stories from Pilot Cities: Mannheim is one of the 112 cities participating in the EU Mission to deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities, and the Pilot Cities Programme – a component of the Mission that focuses on exploring and testing pathways to rapid decarbonisation over a two-year period. In 1817, Baron Karl von Drais raced through the streets of Mannheim on a wooden frame with wheels, a world-first that he called a ‘Laufmaschine’ or 'running machine', in English, but better known to us now as the bicycle. In 1885, the city saw the birth [...]

Unlocking Citizen-Empowered Transformation2024-05-22T14:47:56+02:00

Journey to the Centre of Community Climate Action

2024-05-22T14:39:48+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes Stories from Pilot Cities: Nantes is one of the 112 cities participating in the EU Mission to deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities, and the Pilot Cities Programme – a component of the Mission that focuses on exploring and testing pathways to rapid decarbonisation over a two-year period. The French city of Nantes, famed for being the birthplace of surrealism and home to writer Jules Verne, is becoming a visionary urban centre, placing community at the heart of sustainability. The city and its surroundings, known as ‘Nantes Métropole’, has adopted a renewed approach [...]

Journey to the Centre of Community Climate Action2024-05-22T14:39:48+02:00

Changing Mindsets for a Climate-Positive city

2024-05-22T14:19:21+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes Stories from Pilot Cities: Turku is one of the 112 cities participating in the EU Mission to deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities, and the Pilot Cities Programme – a component of the Mission that focuses on exploring and testing pathways to rapid decarbonisation over a two-year period. There aren’t many cities that can confidently make the claim they’ll reach climate neutrality by 2029. On the southwest coast of Finland, the city of Turku can, and is on track to do so, reaching net-zero on the year marking the city’s 800th birthday. Turku is [...]

Changing Mindsets for a Climate-Positive city2024-05-22T14:19:21+02:00

Citizen Engagement for Climate Action

2024-05-22T14:15:32+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes As cities navigate the urgent demands of climate change, the need to involve citizens is becoming increasingly pivotal. At its core, citizen engagement in cities involves the active participation of individuals in urban decision-making. Strong citizen engagement contributes to climate strategies that are effective, equitable, and aligned with community needs. Engaging citizens promotes public support for necessary but potentially contentious policies like low-emission zones or retrofitting buildings. It also fosters a sense of ownership over local environmental challenges, encouraging proactive participation and compliance. Citizen input helps identify specific community issues, enabling tailored solutions [...]

Citizen Engagement for Climate Action2024-05-22T14:15:32+02:00

Bridging Cities through the Twinning Learning Programme

2024-05-13T09:48:20+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes At a time when European cities are increasingly at the forefront of tackling global climate challenges, the ambitious Twinning Learning Programme run by NetZeroCities as part of the EU Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission, is a call to action for cities to work together, offering a path towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and interconnected future. The Programme is designed to facilitate a two-way exchange between cities that are part of the Pilot Cities Programme, and partner cities across Europe with a strong commitment to reaching climate-neutrality. This is a hands-on opportunity for cities [...]

Bridging Cities through the Twinning Learning Programme2024-05-13T09:48:20+02:00

Innovating Together: The Twinning Learning Programme Bridges Budapest and Eskisehir Towards a Sustainable Future 

2024-04-18T09:07:48+02:00

Author: Inna Chilik In an era where climate change poses one of the most significant challenges to our cities, the power of collaboration and knowledge exchange has never been more crucial. The Twinning Learning Programme is facilitated by NetZeroCities, managing the EU Cities Mission Platform. The Programme has set a new benchmark for how cities can work together to achieve their sustainability goals. A recent meeting between Budapest, Hungary, and Eskisehir, Turkey, under this programme, exemplifies the potential of international partnerships in driving meaningful climate action. A Meeting of Minds and Missions From 12 to 13 March 2024, a delegation from [...]

Innovating Together: The Twinning Learning Programme Bridges Budapest and Eskisehir Towards a Sustainable Future 2024-04-18T09:07:48+02:00

Ambitious cities invited to connect with peers and apply to EU Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Twinning Learning Programme

2024-05-31T10:56:16+02:00

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From today (8 April), cities across the EU and Horizon Europe-associated countries are invited to apply to join the EU Cities Mission’s peer exchange programme and speed up their journey towards climate neutrality.   Facilitated by NetZeroCities, the consortium currently managing the Cities Mission platform, the Twinning Learning Programme will pair applicants with second cohort of ‘Pilot Cities’ on the Mission, who act as innovation hubs, to pursue activities related to rapid decarbonisation.  Cities are twinned according to common circumstances and challenges, allowing them to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience. In turn, this shared [...]

Ambitious cities invited to connect with peers and apply to EU Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Twinning Learning Programme2024-05-31T10:56:16+02:00

Towards Climate Neutrality: Insights from NetZeroCities’ Pilot Cities Bootcamp

2024-04-03T10:25:40+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes: elisa.abrantes@climate-kic.org The second cohort of cities taking part in the Pilot Cities Programme kicked off their two-year run as Pilot Cities at the NetZeroCities Bootcamp in Milan, on the 20 – 21 March. The NetZeroCities Consortium hosted representatives from the 26 cities at the Politecnico di Milano, where the sunny 20°C weather showed early signs of Spring. The Bootcamp is an essential first step in the Pilot Cities Programme, putting cities at the centre of what they want their projects to achieve and learn, helping them refine their Pilot City proposals, and connecting them to their overall [...]

Towards Climate Neutrality: Insights from NetZeroCities’ Pilot Cities Bootcamp2024-04-03T10:25:40+02:00

More European cities reach milestone on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission

2024-03-25T17:32:19+01:00

At a ceremony in Brussels, 23 cities – all part of the EU Cities Mission – received a ‘Mission Label’, following the submission of their Climate City Contract or CCC, which defines the city’s climate commitments, action plan, and investment strategy to become climate neutral by 2030.  Detailed CCC documents also include input from citizens and stakeholders – a key part of the process of engagement that continues after submission, as the city advances towards its climate goals and the CCC is developed further.  The labels are a recognition of the city’s plans by the European Commission, which it is hoped [...]

More European cities reach milestone on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission2024-03-25T17:32:19+01:00
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