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

25 cities set to receive further EU support for innovative climate projects

2024-05-06T12:13:30+02:00

News from NetZeroCities - the platform supporting the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” - for immediate release: Twenty-five cities committed to become climate neutral as part of the EU Cities Mission are on course to receive further EU support for ambitious climate-related projects, aimed at accelerating progress towards their 2030 goal. Through Horizon Europe, the EU’s key research and innovation programme, the cities from across the EU and in associated countries of Horizon Europe will benefit from over 14 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, [...]

25 cities set to receive further EU support for innovative climate projects2024-05-06T12:13:30+02:00

Embracing Unity in Diversity: A Twinning Trio’s Journey Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Futures

2024-05-07T07:45:20+02:00

Author: Inna Chilik As part of the EU Cities Mission, the Twinning Learning Programme, facilitated by NetZeroCities, aims to to contribute to the objective of 112 climate neutral and smart cities by 2030. Setting a new benchmark for cooperative urban sustainability efforts, this programme highlights the importance of city-to-city partnerships and knowledge exchange in fostering significant environmental advancements. A recent gathering featuring a Twinning Trio cities— Umeå, Lulea, and Wuerzburg—under this visionary programme, showcases the immense potential of international collaboration in propelling cities towards their sustainability and inclusivity goals. The site visit took place on 20-21 [...]

Embracing Unity in Diversity: A Twinning Trio’s Journey Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Futures2024-05-07T07:45:20+02:00

Rivne: A beacon of sustainability in a time of turmoil 

2024-04-29T08:50:00+02:00

In the midst of the turmoil caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, lies Rivne — a city with a bold vision for a sustainable future. Despite the shadow of war and the nation's ongoing struggle for stability, Rivne has taken a courageous step forward on the eve of the EU accession by committing to the EU Cities Mission’ and joining the Pilot Cities Programme run by NetZeroCities. These initiatives aim to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, an unprecedented initiative in Ukraine that reflects the city’s determination to take ambitious action on climate. For over two [...]

Rivne: A beacon of sustainability in a time of turmoil 2024-04-29T08:50:00+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

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
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