Commission Call – European Mission ”100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 29 November, 2021

The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for cities willing to join the European Mission ‘100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030’.  The objectives of this 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. In the call European cities with the ambition to move ahead in their green transition, are invited to submit information about their current circumstances and work, as well as their future plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

“We need cities and regions at the forefront of our efforts to reach climate neutrality. It is great to see the enthusiasm and ambition that many cities have already shared with us. I would like to strongly encourage cities to participate in this call, not just those that are already far advanced on their journey to climate neutrality, but also those who are in an earlier stage of their transformation.”

It is estimated that in the middle of the current century, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Today, many urban areas are already suffering from the negative effects of climate change as well as other negative consequences such as undermined social cohesion. Around 2050 the negative consequences of climate change on living conditions will be dramatic, due to higher temperature, more frequent and excessive rainfall with consequential flooding, more widespread and excessive drought etc.

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