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EU Mission on Climate-neutral and Smart Cities

This mission wants to help 100 cities from all corners of the EU to become fully sustainable and smart

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What the Mission deals with

Cities all over the world are growing in size and numbers which means more pollution unless we take action to reduce noise and environmental emissions. This way we can create cities with better quality of life and also contribute to the overal target of 55% CO² emission reduction by 2030

Objectives of the mission

The Cities Mission is not just about the city council but also requires engagement and input from citizens, businesses, investors as well as regional and national authorities to achieve these 2 main objectives

  1. Deliver 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 

As foreseen in its implementation plan, the Cities Mission takes a cross-sectoral and demand-led approach, creating synergies between existing initiatives and basing its activities on the actual needs of cities. 

Cities Mission Implementation Plan

The Cities Mission Implementation Plan aims to be the operational blueprint for how the Commission will deliveron the main goal and the objectives of this Mission, providing an operational course of action.

100 selected cities

There was a general call published in 2021 for cities to show an expression of interest in becoming a climate-neautral and smart cities. Out of the 377 applcations, the Commission announced on 28 April 2022 the 100 cities that will participate in the Cities Mission. The 100 cities come from all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities coming from countries associated or in the process of being associated to Horizon Europe. 30 of these cities are considered to be the frontrunners and will receive extra attention from the European Commission.

The 100 selected cities are now being invited to develop Climate City Contracts. Climate City Contracts will be co-created with local stakeholders and citizens, with the help of a Mission Platform (managed by the project NetZeroCities). 

To deliver on the Mission's objectives, the EC will launch many other calls for proposals on innovative urban solutions which are open to everyone so companies, academic people, non-profit organisations and so on can also take part. 

Open calls

The calls for proposals are not only aimed at local authorities. Companies, universities, organisations can also be part of a consortium submitting a project.  The open calls are available on the Funding and Tenders Portal. You can rewatch the most recent Commission info session on the Cities Mission here (11:30 onwards).

What are Missions?

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Professor Lieven Eeckhout’s main research interests include computer architecture and the hardware/software interface with a specific emphasis on performance evaluation and modeling, and dynamic resource management.

Professor Eeckhout is the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant, Advanced grant and three Proof of Concept grants. Two of his former PhD students founded in 2013 CoScale, a spin-off in data center monitoring, which was acquired by New Relic.

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