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NetZeroCities: shared experiences to fight climate change  

The European Union’s NetZeroCities platform is launching a programme that will help cities try new approaches to achieving their climate neutrality goals. This pilot-city programme is part of the EU’s mission for 100 climate-neutral, smart cities.

With the Paris Agreement (2016), Europe took the lead in tackling global warming and is committed to reducing its emissions by 55% by 2030, and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Achieving this goal will require significant, systemic change that will require substantial investment by our governments, the business community, and society as a whole. 

Europe’s cities have a key role to play not only in meeting climate goals, but also in ensuring that these efforts are equitable and truly contribute to the well-being of their citizens.

Collective learning for the transition

Dans ce combat, les métropoles du vieux continent ne sont pas seules! Depuis octobre 2021, la plateforme NetZeroCities de l’Union européenne (UE) les aide à relever ce défi. NetZeroCities brings together 33 different partners from 27 European countries to help cities overcome structural, institutional, and cultural barriers by enabling them to test actions for climate transition that are relevant locally. Grants worth €32 million have been made available for this purpose.

These pilot activities aim to turn cities into test beds for climate neutrality, paving the way for other communities.
 Collective learning will be a central part of the programme, which will make it possible for cities to share their knowledge with each other.

The NetZeroCities platform encourages all EU cities to apply. Activities submitted by applicants and the way they relate to different urban systems will be considered. This includes mobility, energy systems and the built environment, health and well-being, natural spaces, cultural, social, financial, and institutional systems, and accessible public spaces. Selected cities will receive grants (between €500,000 and €1.5 million) to roll out and test systemic solutions.

A network of partner cities

The resulting solutions will be shared among the pilot cities. To further strengthen this collaboration, a twinning programme will make it possible for each city to establish special links with two or three other participating cities. The NetZeroCities consortium and the dedicated online platform will provide expertise and support services to help them adopt an inclusive and systemic approach to climate neutrality.

NetZeroCities is coordinated by EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation, established by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This four-year project is funded by Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s framework for research and innovation.

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