Preserving the Past, Building the Future: Budapest’s Climate Challenge

2024-07-12T17:01:33+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes Stories from Pilot Cities: Budapest 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. As a European crossroads of culture and a historical intersection of power, Budapest’s streets, food, ruin bars, historical monuments, castles, bridges and spas tell the story of Roman, Ottoman Turkish, Slavic, Jewish and Viennese influence. They have left their stamp on the city, the ‘Pearl [...]

Preserving the Past, Building the Future: Budapest’s Climate Challenge2024-07-12T17:01:33+02:00

Banking on Bristol

2024-07-12T16:49:47+02:00

Author: Elisa Abrantes Stories from Pilot Cities: Bristol 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. “Who is going to pay for this?” The estimated cost of Bristol’s decarbonisation is around £10 billion. Therefore, to Bristol City Council, it is clear that finding the money is imperative. Situated in the southwest of England, the city is taking bold steps towards answering [...]

Banking on Bristol2024-07-12T16:49:47+02:00

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

Mannheim: Unlocking Citizen-Empowered Transformation

2024-07-02T09:54:38+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 [...]

Mannheim: Unlocking Citizen-Empowered Transformation2024-07-02T09:54:38+02:00

Nantes: Journey to the Centre of Community Climate Action

2024-07-02T09:55:00+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 [...]

Nantes: Journey to the Centre of Community Climate Action2024-07-02T09:55:00+02:00

Turku: Changing Mindsets for a Climate-Positive city

2024-07-02T09:56:25+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 [...]

Turku: Changing Mindsets for a Climate-Positive city2024-07-02T09:56:25+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

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

Spotlight Series: Why Climate Neutrality Requires Systemic Innovation

2023-05-31T13:50:21+02:00

Author: Katherine Peinhardt A mission is meant to be transformative. In fact, the Cities Mission, alongside the other EU Missions, was modelled after humankind’s journey to the Moon. Much like the immense societal, technological, and scientific transformation that came about as a result of the mission to the Moon, the EU’s journey to climate neutrality means a radical change. The Cities Mission to forge 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 requires that we address the climate crisis by changing the whole system.  The climate crisis is uniquely complex, bridging the realms of technological, economic, financial, institutional, and social systems. [...]

Spotlight Series: Why Climate Neutrality Requires Systemic Innovation2023-05-31T13:50:21+02:00

Spotlight Series: Cities as Ecosystems for Social Innovation

2023-04-07T11:12:43+02:00

Author: Katherine Peinhardt When we look at a challenge at the scale of climate neutrality, it is often tempting to place emphasis on technological solutions. But many of the most important approaches to solving the climate crisis start at the scale of the community – they start with social innovation.  Social innovation consists of new ideas and solutions aiming to resolve social needs and problems. A just climate transition, one that really engages with and takes care of our communities, is going to require us to change the ways in which we work together and share resources. If guided by [...]

Spotlight Series: Cities as Ecosystems for Social Innovation2023-04-07T11:12:43+02:00
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