Accelerating cities' transition to net zero emissions by 2030

Project: Research

Project Details


NetZeroCities (NZC) is designed to pursue the ambition of the report from the Mission Board for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, as part of a broader European ambition to achieve climate neutrality before 2050. This ambition represents a substantial elevation of the degrees of decarbonisation and the timescale for achieving it. For all cities achieving this level of impact is an extraordinary undertaking and would require profound changes in how policies, projects and programmes are advanced by cities, with the direction and support of senior governments. NZC connects and builds beyond established programmes and experimental initiatives.The NetZeroCities consortium is build based on partners' expertise, experience, and access to a very large network of cities of all sizes and maturity throughout Europe. It has an excellent balance of partner typologies, a great geographical coverage allowing presence and activity all throughout Europe, and thanks to that, its approach goes beyond current state-of-the-art.NetZeroCities will create a programme tailored to the specific conditions of each city. All the services and thematic expertise will be aggregated and co-designed through a NZC one-stop-shop Platform and the digital portal and smart repository for impact measurement, capacity building and knowledge/tools dissemination. Cities will benefit from an intensive support relationship of dedicated City Guides to navigate the platform and ensure city needs are adequately understood and addressed. NetZeroCities will support pilots in 30 European cities and, in subsequent rounds of engagement, more than 100 cities to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 (medium-term) and 2050 (long term) respectively, by developing and deploying an integral approach to support climate-neutral transformation in cities. This will be achieved through the co-design and organisation of services, including the Climate-neutral City Contract as an enabling instrument.

Key findings

Climate city contacts, Pilot funding for cities, solutions catalogue, monitoring and evaluation framework for climate neutral cities
Effective start/end date1/10/2130/09/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Climate Alliance - Klima-Bündnis - Alianza del Clima e.V. (Project partner)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) (Project partner)
  • Demos Research Institute Oy (Project partner)
  • BwB Connect CLG (Project partner)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Project partner)
  • Rupprecht Consult - Forschung & Beratung GmbH (Project partner)
  • European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) (Project partner)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Project partner)
  • Energy Cities/Energie-Cités Asssociation (Project partner)
  • Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) (Project partner)
  • The Democratic Society AISBL (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI) (Project partner)
  • Stichting Metabolic Institute (Project partner)
  • LGI Consulting (Project partner)
  • Dark Matter Labs B.V. (Project partner)
  • North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) (Project partner)
  • Dark Matter Laboratories B.V. (Project partner)
  • Resilient Cities Network (Project partner)
  • South Pole Carbon Asset Management AG (Project partner)
  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (Project partner)
  • EUROCITIES asbl (Project partner)
  • EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. (Project partner)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Project partner)
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Project partner)
  • CARTIF Technology Center (Project partner)
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (Project partner)
  • Material Economics Sverige AB (Project partner)
  • Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Urban Planning (CEREMA) (Project partner)
  • Climate-KIC Holding B.V. (Project partner) (lead)
  • Technical University of Madrid (Project partner)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Project partner)
  • Open & Agile Smart Cities (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • climate neutral cities
  • energy
  • mobility
  • monitoring
  • evaluation
  • climate city contract
  • city pilot