26 Cities to Receive Additional EU Support on Climate-neutral Journey

2024-01-23T16:10:24+01:00

The ambition of EU Mission Cities to reach their climate targets by 2030 has been given another important boost through Horizon Europe, the EU’s key research and innovation programme, and NetZeroCities, with new funding of up to 1.5 million Euros and access to expert support. Twenty-six cities from across the EU and in associated countries of Horizon Europe will benefit from nearly 15 million Euros in total to become ‘Pilot Cities’, acting as innovation hubs as they test solutions for rapid decarbonisation. The grants, awarded in packages of 500,000-600,000, 1 Million, or 1.5 Million Euros, will support Pilot Cities’ exploratory activities [...]

26 Cities to Receive Additional EU Support on Climate-neutral Journey2024-01-23T16:10:24+01:00

NetZeroCities Call for Pilot Cities, Cohort 3 is now open!

2024-01-16T14:34:25+01:00

This is the final call for cities to join the two-year Pilot Cities Programme in September 2024 and accelerate towards their 2030 climate-neutrality goals. The invite for applications for this cohort is open only to Mission Cities who are not yet part of the programme. Selected cities will explore and test pathways relevant to their key emission domains and generate learning that can inform decarbonisation activities in other cities across Europe. Prospective applicants can already read about some of the transformational activities of current Pilot Cities here. For this cohort, between 18 million and 26 million Euros will be distributed in [...]

NetZeroCities Call for Pilot Cities, Cohort 3 is now open!2024-01-16T14:34:25+01:00

The Art of Smart

2024-02-20T09:53:48+01:00

Author: Alan MacKenzie The EU Cities Mission aims to make over 100 cities both climate-neutral and smart by 2030 – but what is a “smart city” and how does it help its climate goals? On Sweden’s southwest coast, the city of Helsingborg sees itself “as an enabler of innovation, rather than the innovators ourselves,” says Åsa Bjering, the programme manager for the city’s department of ‘Innovation and Green Transformation’. The distinction is important. A 2020 European Capital of Innovation Awards finalist, Helsingborg is well known for its forward thinking, and Bjering’s department brings together [...]

The Art of Smart2024-02-20T09:53:48+01:00

Budapest Winter School: Engaging Cities in Climate Action

2023-12-05T08:48:48+01:00

Representatives from 19 Mission Cities will go into 2024 with renewed purpose and refreshed skills following a successful NetZeroCities Winter School in Budapest in late November. The 29 participants celebrated the opportunity to collaborate and share learning with contemporaries from across Europe, eager to transform their cities into models of sustainability and resilience. “The event was very informative, stimulating, and interactive. It deepened my understanding of the EU Cities Mission and process. I’m grateful for the organisation of such a meaningful event”, said one participant. Another said: “It was great to make contact with other cities and learn about the different [...]

Budapest Winter School: Engaging Cities in Climate Action2023-12-05T08:48:48+01:00

Engaging Public and Private Partners on Portal CCC Tools & Indicators

2023-10-03T18:59:30+02:00

Envisaging New Connections NetZeroCities supports cities as they commit to ambitious action to get to climate neutrality. In supporting cities to develop and enact ambitious climate action plans, the Cities Mission aims to stimulate new ways of working and connecting, across sectors and institutions. The Climate City Contract (CCC) model helps cities to engage with stakeholders and make systemic change possible – and the NetZeroCities Portal helps cities to put that model into action. With Mission Cities committed to engaging in the CCC process that incorporates many other aspects of their existing climate planning and reporting, we see a significant opportunity [...]

Engaging Public and Private Partners on Portal CCC Tools & Indicators2023-10-03T18:59:30+02:00

Dozens of Twin Cities across Europe to receive support and join the EU’s drive to 100+ climate-neutral cities

2023-09-29T11:00:26+02:00

Forty cities from across Europe have been announced as NetZeroCities’ first cohort of Twin Cities, joining the growing network of cities engaging with the EU’s Cities Mission to make more than 100 cities climate neutral by 2030.  The successful applicant cities, which include seven from Associated Countries of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will now be matched with a Pilot City or cluster of cities already innovating and piloting decarbonisation activities as part of the Cities Mission.  The NetZeroCities Twinning Programme ensures that progress on climate has a ripple effect, with success in one city paving the way for [...]

Dozens of Twin Cities across Europe to receive support and join the EU’s drive to 100+ climate-neutral cities2023-09-29T11:00:26+02:00

40 Twin Cities to Replicate New Approaches to Climate Neutrality

2023-09-25T15:15:49+02:00

Climate neutrality requires collaboration. That’s why the NetZeroCities Twinning Programme is matching 40 new Twin Cities from across Europe, including seven from Associated Countries, with Pilot Cities that are experimenting with new approaches to decarbonisation. As part of the EU’s ‘Cities Mission,’ this diverse cohort of Twin Cities is poised to replicate the successes seen in Pilot Cities, gleaning valuable insights from their testing of the latest strategies geared toward climate neutrality.  At its core, the NetZeroCities Twinning Programme is an effort to make sure that progress on climate has a ripple effect, with success in one city paving the way [...]

40 Twin Cities to Replicate New Approaches to Climate Neutrality2023-09-25T15:15:49+02:00

From Energy to Cooling, Pilot Cities Test Out Climate Neutrality Activities

2023-09-21T15:54:49+02:00

This article is part of a series exploring the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Programme, which includes Multi-City Pilot Cities, and integrates non-Mission Cities communities across the EU. Currently, a new Call for Pilot Cities is open, marking the next phase of exchange underpinning the ambition of the Cities Mission.  Pilot City activities are taking shape across the 53 cities selected to take part in the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Programme – and they represent a wide array of communities at different phases of their journey towards climate neutrality. In addition to non-Mission Cities communities and Multi-City Pilot Cities, the following cities will test [...]

From Energy to Cooling, Pilot Cities Test Out Climate Neutrality Activities2023-09-21T15:54:49+02:00

NetZeroCities Call for Pilot Cities is now open!

2023-09-21T15:41:10+02:00

NetZeroCities has launched a second call to join its Pilot Cities Programme, a groundbreaking two-year programme testing innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation in European cities. This second call, providing between 12 and 20 million Euros in grants and hands-on support to cities, is only open to Mission Cities which are not yet part of the Pilot Cities Programme.   Selected Pilot Cities will work across thematic areas, including mobility, energy systems, and the built environment, material and resource flows, health and well-being, natural areas, cultural/ social/ financial/ institutional systems, and accessible public spaces to deploy and scale up locally tailored actions [...]

NetZeroCities Call for Pilot Cities is now open!2023-09-21T15:41:10+02:00

Spotlight Series: Climate Neutrality and the Future of Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement

2023-08-31T14:05:32+02:00

Authors: Lilybell Evergreen, Katherine Peinhardt Cities are experimenting with ways to better connect with their residents – civic and stakeholder engagement are increasingly at the centre of how cities develop, govern, and grow. But as cities expand their commitments to climate neutrality, they must also examine the ways that their residents take part in this transformation. The scale of action and systemic change needed to reach climate neutrality is large and needs to be coherently connected and led. Because of the scale and complexity of addressing the problems they face, cities need knowledge and ideas from all corners of their [...]

Spotlight Series: Climate Neutrality and the Future of Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement2023-08-31T14:05:32+02:00
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