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NetZeroCities pilot programme launched: 32 Millionen Euro in support for cities available

Today, the NetZeroCities pilot programme was launched as part of the EU Cities Mission. Cities from all over Europe can apply to become pilot cities and test out innovative approaches to reduce emissions. The idea is to work across thematic areas and break down silo thinking to advance the necessary green transformation. Selected cities receive practical support as well as comprehensive financial assistance: around 30 cities stand to receive up to 1.5 million euros.

In the selection of pilot projects, all urban areas contributing to climate neutrality will be considered including mobility; energy systems and the built environment; material and resource flows; health and wellbeing; natural areas; cultural, social, financial and institutional systems; and accessible public spaces.

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2022. Applicant cities must have at least 50,000 inhabitants. In countries with predominantly smaller cities such as Croatia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia or Slovakia, however, several cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants each may submit a joint application in order to reach the 50,000 inhabitants.

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