The European Mission on 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030 is launched


The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency is pleased to fully support the application of the city of Lyon to the Call for Expression of Interest "EU Mission: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities" launched by the European Commission. This call will allow cities to state their interest in becoming climate-neutral by 2030 as part of the Mission and to submit information on their current situation, ongoing work and future plans with regard to climate neutrality.

EU Mission: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for 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 for these cities to become experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050.

The selected cities will have to implement a "Climate City Contract" designed with local partners and citizens.They will benefit from mission assistance, networking, learning and experience exchange, and funding opportunities for pilot projects.The European Commission's evaluation criteria include the cities' level of ambition, readiness, existing and planned commitment to climate neutrality, commitment to engage citizens and stakeholders, as well as inclusiveness, diversity and geographical balance.

Lyon 2030 : four priority axes to reach carbon-neutrality

The "Lyon 2030" initiative, which has already mobilized more than 80 players from all sectors (academia, business, urban planning, mobility, associations, institutional partners, etc.), aims to take collective action to reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions and place itself on a positive and ambitious European trajectory.

The four main axes are :

  •   A social justice transition
  •     Exemplary public investments and purchases
  •     Sustainable mobility: walkable city,  pedestrianization, developing rail freight and waterways, last mile logistics, 30km speed limit...
  •     Responsible production and consumption

What EU Missions means

EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030. They will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens. EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027.