The first cohort of Pilot Cities from across twenty-one European Union and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries has been selected to embark upon unprecedented climate action, through the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Programme. 

Discover the Pilot Cities profiles

Working individually or as clusters, these Pilot Cities will implement systemic and locally designed innovative actions that span multiple areas, from buildings to waste, and levers of change, including governance, finance and policy. The 53 cities are part of 25 applications that have been selected from a wide array of 103 applications involving 159 cities in total from 33 countries across the European Union and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. 

You can click on each Pilot City profile picture to learn more about the activities of that specific Pilot.

Multi-City Pilot Activities

CoLAB – Committed to Local Climate Action Building 

Let’sGOvGOverning the Transition through Pilot Actions 

NEEST – NetZero Emission and Environmentally Sustainable Territories

UP-SCALE-Urban Pioneers – Systemic Change Amid Livable Environments

Multi-stakeholder Innovative & Systemic Solutions for Urban Regeneration: Spain 

Individual Pilot Cities Activities

Net Zero Investment Co-Innovation Lab 

Budapest CARES – Climate Agency for Renovation of homES 

Blueprint for Net-Zero Apartment-block Neighbourhoods

FAASST-NZ : Facilitate trAnsition Actions maSSification Towards Net Zero 

Drammen City – Zero emission 2030

Galway City Net Zero Pilot City

District C: a Zero-carbon Commitment

Green and Carbon Neutral Building Transition Guide – Istanbul Model

Systemic Change Towards Sustainable Commuting in Lahti

The Initiation of Sustainable Energy Community for the City of Liberec

Limassol City Cooling Challenge: LC³

Net Zero Malmö Pilot

Together Towards Climate Neutrality

Creating NetZero Vision for Rivne

The North Star 

SCALE UP – Systematic Climate Action to Lower Emissions in Uppsala


This two-year learning programme supports European cities to test and implement systemic and locally designed innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation contributing to the EU Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.


Call related documents

This document includes a detailed overview of the programme, its approach, expected outcomes, and key concepts and terminology.

This document provides information on the aim, scope and approach of the call and clarifies how to submit a proposal, budget requirements and the review mechanism and decision making process.

This document explains the application budget and contains the main legal and financial rules for the NZC Call for Pilot Cities.

Information sessions

NZC consortium provided a series of information sessions to support and guide cities: