The targets of the European Green Deal – reducing emissions by 55% by 2030 and becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 – will be impossible to achieve without cities in the vanguard of concerted efforts.
And many European cities are already doing fantastic work towards climate neutrality. A number of cities have made commitments to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Yet only a handful of cities have so far adopted a target of climate neutrality by 2030.
The Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities (the “Cities Mission”) will mobilise local authorities, citizens, businesses, investors as well as regional and national authorities to achieve two objectives:
1) Deliver at least 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030,
2) Ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050.
[EDIT 26 November]
On 25 November the Commission launched a call for expression of interest addressed to cities to join the European Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities.
Cities participating in the mission will prepare and implement a “Climate City Contract” that will be co-created with local stakeholders and citizens. Learn more on the call for interest!
Info kit to help municipalities prepare for the “Cities Mission Expression of Interest”
More information on the Mission: