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

2024-04-15T16:40:21+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 cities2024-04-15T16:40:21+02:00

40 Twin Cities to Replicate New Approaches to Climate Neutrality

2024-03-08T13:48:59+01:00

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 Neutrality2024-03-08T13:48:59+01:00

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

NetZeroCities Summer Schools: helping cities accelerate their climate transition

2023-08-01T16:17:51+02:00

“Inspiring and useful”, “the chance to tell your story”, “a pressure cooker experience on Climate City Contract relevant topics”, “good networking opportunities”, the kind of intensive training that really reduces the amount of extra work”…this is how Mission Cities refer to their experience participating in the first two NetZeroCities Summer Schools!  In June and July, some 60 Mission Cities representatives embarked on an intensive learning track to accelerate their way to 2030 climate neutrality. With two NetZeroCities Summer School sessions organised in Milan and Como, Italy, early June, and in Santander, Spain, mid-July, cities had the opportunity to join an exciting [...]

NetZeroCities Summer Schools: helping cities accelerate their climate transition2023-08-01T16:17:51+02:00

The EU Cities Mission Journey Newsletter #4

2023-07-18T17:29:01+02:00

The fourth EU Cities Mission Journey newsletter has been published and is available here. This fourth edition focuses on the Mission in Progress: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Conference 2023, the Call for Twin Cities, the first edition of the Summer School that took place in Milan and the different activities taking place in Mission Cities. The newsletter also showcases NetZeroCities resources, such as the Companion Guide for Civic Environment Mapping and the Transition Team Playbook, and provides an overview of recent events NetZeroCities participated in, as well as a list of upcoming events of interest. If you want to keep up [...]

The EU Cities Mission Journey Newsletter #42023-07-18T17:29:01+02:00

Mission in Progress: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Conference 2023

2023-07-17T14:11:56+02:00

One year has passed since the Let's Go! Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Kick Off Event  where pioneering cities started an unprecedented journey to become the first 112 climate-neutral cities by 2030. At the end of June, Mission Cities kept up the momentum as they convened for the second Cities Mission Conference. The Mission in Progress: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Conference 2023 was a chance to come together to exchange on their journeys to climate-neutrality. The conference was a poignant event for cities, with Dovydas Kaminskas, Mayor of Tauragė eloquently noting: “This is a problem-solving conference.” It was a space [...]

Mission in Progress: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Conference 20232023-07-17T14:11:56+02:00

NetZeroCities and Mission Cities closed the 2023 edition of the European Conference on Energy Transition

2023-07-13T17:36:33+02:00

From 23rd May to 25th May 2023, the Assises Européennes de la transition Énergétique Conference gathered European city representatives, members of the European Commission, stakeholders, and national and multi-national organisations from the public and private sectors in Mission City Bordeaux. The three-day conference convened over four thousand participants to listen, discuss, and dive into the necessities of an accelerated and just energy transition under the umbrella theme of “Acting together towards carbon neutrality in 2050”. The conference focused on concrete solutions to reach climate neutrality, addressing factors such as accounting, consumption and lifestyles, carbon sequestration, taxation, urban planning and land use [...]

NetZeroCities and Mission Cities closed the 2023 edition of the European Conference on Energy Transition2023-07-13T17:36:33+02:00

Expanding Horizons: Pilot Cities Programme Involves Non-Mission Cities

2023-06-28T11:41:01+02:00

The Pilot Cities Programme is expanding the reach of NetZeroCities by supporting four new non-Mission Cities as they test out new decarbonisation activities at the local scale. Focusing on data collection, governance, circular economy activities, energy efficiency, and more, these Pilot Cities are joining an ambitious group of urban changemakers testing out our next best moves towards climate neutrality. Rivne’s Plans for Better Data Rivne, Ukraine is focusing local Pilot City activities on data collection, building on its already significant emissions reductions and energy planning work to write a new Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, or SECAP. A centralised online [...]

Expanding Horizons: Pilot Cities Programme Involves Non-Mission Cities2023-06-28T11:41:01+02:00
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