The NetZeroCities project is coordinated by EIT Climate-KIC, brings together 34 leading city networks, research organisations, and urban stakeholders from 13 countries.

The NetZeroCities consortium has an excellent balance of partner typologies and a great geographical coverage allowing presence and activity all throughout Europe. Explore the list of NetZeroCities partners below to find out more about the organisations working on the project.



AIT is Austria's largest Research and Technology Organization (RTO). AIT is an independent, urban know-how partner that develops cutting-edge urban management and planning solutions. By embracing today’s complexities, AIT is pioneering new ways to plan and realise the sustainable, smart and resilient habitats of tomorrow.



Bankers without Boundaries (“BwB”), an innovator in finance, is a social enterprise powered by former investment bankers to assist high impact projects, that benefit the environment and social good. BwB works with governments, institutions, cities and foundations to provide advisory and research services to mobilise private capital.



Cartif Technology Center (CARTIF) is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in terms of R&D and technology transfer activities created in 1994. CARTIF is formed up by more than 150 researchers and the Energy Division is one of the three main areas of knowledge and activity.


Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS)

Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS) is a non-profit organisation (association) with the mission of linking theory and practice by applying diverse ranges of system methods. CRS' interdisciplinary team of experts consists of more than 40 people and implements international and local projects in the realm of broadly understood sustainability. CRS' goal is to develop new flexible and innovative tools to foster practice that respects both scientific analysis and public discourse.



Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement (CEREMA) is the French major public agency for developing public expertise in the fields of urban planning, regional cohesion, and ecological and energy transition for resilient and climate neutral cities and regions. It has a staff of 2,600 people out of which 500 are dedicated to research and innovation activities.


Climate Alliance

Climate Alliance is the world’s largest city network dedicated to climate action and the only one to set tangible targets for its more than 1,850 members. Climate Alliance has developed a comprehensive methodology to help its members to prepare, implement and follow up on their local climate and energy plans.


Demos Helsinki

Demos Helsinki, set up in 2005 to work towards more fair and sustainable societies, is the leading independent think tank in the Nordics. Demos Helsinki collaborates with diverse partners – from ministries and cities, policymakers, researchers and universities, corporations, associations and foundations, to popular movements, activists and citizens.



Democratic Society (Demsoc) is one of Europe’s leading democratic innovation organisations. It has over ten years’ experience of practical democratic innovation and research and has worked closely with local and national governments and the European Commission. Demsoc has an ongoing climate programme, bringing together citizens and city governments across Europe to make ambitious plans for 2030.



Dark Matter Laboratories (DML) is a Netherlands-based lab working to transition society in response to technological revolution and climate breakdown. DML has a strong expertise and track record in strategic design to support cities and international institutions on systemic cross-silo policy and digital innovation, decarbonisation portfolio development, and governance and regulatory innovation.


EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is the EU's largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. It has been predominantly funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and given a formal mandate to be the EU's climate change innovation agency, tasked with helping build European sustainable jobs, growth and competitiveness.


EIT Urban Mobility

The EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.


Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. It is a community of 1,000 cities and towns from 30 countries. Energy Cities triggers a trustful dialogue between local leaders and EU & national institutions to accelerate the energy transition in Europe.



European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) is a Brussels-based platform of more than 125 regional stakeholder organizations from 22 European countries. They focus on shaping research and innovation policy, reinforcing the regional/territorial dimension in the funding programs, as well as project development and facilitating networking between members and between ERRIN and other European networks.



EUROCITIES is a major network of European cities (140 large cities in 37 European countries). EUROCITIES represents the interests of its members and engage in dialogue with the European institutions, provides a platform for promoting the urban agenda in European policymaking, and for sharing knowledge and exchanging on innovative solutions among its member cities.


FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is an independent organisation under Tallinn University of Technology. The aim of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is to improve urban environments by testing new technologies and thereby grow into an internationally renowned research and development centre. FinEst Centre for Smart Cities was founded by Tallinn University of Technology, Aalto University, Forum Virium Helsinki and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.


Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management is Germany’s leading private business school and advisory institute with 60 years of experience in consulting, qualification and training services in all areas of banking, finance and management – in Germany and worldwide.



With a staff of 1400, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. Fraunhofer ISE is committed to promoting sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply systems based on renewable energies. The Institute is a member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization.



ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, ICLEI influences sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. ICLEI's Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.



The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is a Brussels-based sustainability think tank. As a not-for-profit organisation with over 40 years of experience, IEEP is committed to advancing impact-driven sustainability policy across the EU and the world.



LGI Sustainable Innovation is a European innovation-driven business consultancy focused on value creation along four business lines: Innovation Strategy – Management Consulting – Digital Solutions – Communication & Design. LGI Sustainable Innovation promotes sustainable innovation as a vector for solutions to global climate, environmental and societal challenge.


Material Economics

Material Economics is a management consultancy that advises public and private sector organizations on how to shape their strategies and navigate the transition, in order to meet the ambitious climate targets. Material Economic works with companies, the public sector, and philanthropy.


Metabolic Institute

Metabolic Institute is a non-profit think tank, working at the intersection of academic research and real-world experimentation. The team develops, tests, and shares open datasets and tools that build collective intelligence on critical sustainability issues. Metabolic Institute advises governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context, while creating disruptive solutions that can shift how the economy functions.



Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is a global network of over 160 cities from 31 countries with the goal to shape and create a market for smart city data and services based on open standards. OASC is promoting the use of open and minimal mechanisms to achieve digital interoperability for scale and replication of digital solutions for the benefit of cities and the local innovation ecosystem.



Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is the largest Italian scientific-technological university training over 45000 engineers, architects and industrial designers. The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, developing a fruitful relationship with business and productive world by means of experimental research and technological transfer.



Global Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) is the world's leading urban resilience network bringing together knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower cities to build a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for all. R-Cities has entities is the US, Europe and Singapore and teams in Africa and Latin America.



North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) was established as a non-profit institution under the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) program. The main objectives and the role of REGEA are to promote and encourage the regional sustainable development in the fields of energy and climate through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the utilization of renewable energy sources as well as climate change adaptation projects.


Rupprecht Consult

Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH is an independent research and consulting company based in Cologne, Germany. Since 1996 Rupprecht Consult develops innovative solutions for sustainable urban development, especially in the mobility field, from an interdisciplinary und international perspective.


South Pole

South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. (South Pole) is a leading provider of global sustainability financing solutions and services, with nearly 600 experts in 26 global offices. South Pole develops and implements comprehensive emission reduction projects and strategies that turn climate action into long-term business opportunities for companies, governments and organizations around the world.



Tecnalia Research & Innovation is a private, independent non-profit applied research centre of international excellence; Tecnalia is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing more than 1,400 people. Tecnalia is committed to generating positive social, environmental and economic impact through innovation and technological development.



TNO is an independent research organisation that connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO increases the innovation capacity of businesses and government.



Since 1885, Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) has been the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. UITP, whose headquarters are in Brussels, is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.



Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university specialized in all engineering fields and architecture. UPM is among the European universities with the greatest research activity, both at national and international level, committed to transform the knowledge generated into innovations applied to the productive sector, contributing to solve the challenges of the European citizens, and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.


Viable Cities

Viable Cities is a Swedish strategic innovation programme for climate neutral and sustainable cities. The programme collaborates with 23 Swedish municipalities and five government agencies to accelerate the climate transition in the initiative Climate Neutral Cities 2030 - and with the tool Climate City Contract 2030. It is jointly funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas, and is coordinated by The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH.



VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), owned by the Finnish state, is one of Europe's leading research institutions. Its purpose is to bring together people, business, science, and technology, to solve the world’s biggest challenges, creating sustainable growth, jobs, and well-being. VTT creates systemic and technological breakthroughs that bring fundamental transformation and renewal to industries and societies.