EU Missions: Climate Neutral and Smart Cities

Concrete solutions for our greatest challenges


  • Cities produce >70% of global CO2 emissions
  • They account for > 65% of global energy consumption
  • They take up only 4% of the EU’s land area;
  • Cities are home to 75% of EU citizens.


  • Contribute to the European Green Deal ambition to reduce gas emissions by at least 55%
  • Offer cleaner air, safer transport and less congestion to citizens;
  • Lead in climate and digital innovation, making Europe attractive for investments from innovative companies and skilled work


Deliver 100+ climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 and inspire all other cities to follow suit by 2050.


  • The Horizon Europe programme will provide €359.3 million in seed funding during the period 2021-23 to help deliver on the mission;
  • Launch of a Mission Platform to provide technical, regulatory, and financial assistance to cities working on the mission;
  • Cities will prepare, sign and implement Climate City Contracts, co-created with citizens and local stakeholders;
  • Launch a portfolio of research and innovation projects and set up a Global Knowledge Exchange Centre;
  • A network of national, local and regional authorities will support the cities’ transition to climate neutrality.


Comunicación sobre Misiones: Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges (europa.eu)

Planes de Implementación: Implementation Plans for the EU Missions | European Commission (europa.eu)

Preguntas y respuestas: Questions and answers: EU missions (europa.eu)

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