On 28 April 2022, the Commission announced the 100 participating cities that will receive its support to achieve the target of climate-neutral smart cities by 2030. This announcement follows the EU’s renewed commitment to the New United Nations Urban Agenda.
Our urban areas are home to 75% of EU citizens. Overall, urban areas consume over 65% of the world’s energy, accounting for over 70% of CO2 emissions. It follows that it should be cities that set the example and act as experimental ecosystems to help all others in their transition to climate neutrality by 2050.
Join “Cities mission”, one of Horizon Europe’s five research and innovation programs for the years 2021-2027. Through this initiative, the Commission is supporting 100 European cities to act as hubs of experimentation and innovation for green, digital and inclusive transformations. The cities span all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities from countries associated or likely to be associated with Horizon Europe.
The 100 selected represent 12% of the European population. The Cities Mission will receive €360 million in funding from Horizon Europe, throughout the period 2022-23. The funding will launch research and innovation projects focusing on clean mobility, energy efficiency and green urban planning with the aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2030.
How it works?
The Commission will invite the 100 selected cities to draw up Climate City Contracts, which will include a comprehensive plan for climate neutrality in sectors such as energy, buildings, waste management and transport, as well as development plans. related investment. This process will involve citizens, research organizations and the private sector. The clear and visible commitments made by cities in the City Climate Contracts will allow them to engage with the EU, national and regional authorities – and above all with their own citizens to achieve this ambitious goal.
City Climate Contracts will be co-created with local partners and citizens, with the help of a Mission Platform supported by the NetZeroCities project. The Mission Platform will provide the necessary technical, regulatory and financial assistance to cities.
What are EU missions?
EU missions are a new feature of Horizon Europe designed to achieve ambitious goals and deliver tangible results by 2030. Inspired by the Commission’s priorities, missions are a way to provide concrete solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
The key element of this new approach is to place research and innovation in a new role, one that relies on new forms of governance and citizen participation. In this vein, the missions will “pave the way” towards goals such as the European Green Deal, Europe Fit for the Digital Age, the European Plan to Fight Cancer, an Economy that Works for People and the New Bauhaus. European.
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