The Call for Expression of Interest to join the Mission “100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030” closes on 31 January 2022

By Conall Martin / Updated: 20 Jan 2022

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.

The objectives of the mission are to achieve 100 climate-neutral and smart European cities by 2030 and to ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050. Five missions were identified in the Horizon Europe Strategic plan. As such, Horizon Europe will provide initial funding to missions of up to €1.9 billion until 2023, including €359.3 million for the Cities Mission.

By joining the mission, selected cities will be at the forefront of innovation and the transition towards climate neutrality, as part of the European Green Deal. In fighting against climate change through the deployment of solutions, cities are best placed to be early adopters of policies to achieve climate neutrality. In doing so, they can deliver a range of benefits to their communities including reduced air and noise pollution, less congestion, lower energy bills and healthier lifestyles.

Cities can register for the call for expression of interest. They can respond to the call until 31 January 2022. After expressing interest, you will be asked to fill in an online survey regarding your city’s current situation, ongoing work and future plans as regards climate neutrality.

After assessment by independent experts, the Commission will announce the list of selected participant cities by April 2022. The first cities will be able to start working on their Climate City Contracts with the support of the Mission Platform as soon as the selection process is completed.

Eligibility conditions, benefits for your city and a timeline can be viewed in this factsheet.

An Info Kit for cities is available here, with detailed information regarding the Mission.

Frequently Asked Questions and answers are available here.

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