Project Details


NetZeroCities will support Europe and in particular European cities to drastically cut down greenhouse gas emissions through climate action to achieve ‘climate neutrality’, one of the biggest challenges our societies face today.


Project details

Duration 10/2021 - 09/2025


Coordinator Climate-KIC

Project goal

NetZeroCities is a four-year project designed to help cities overcome the current structural, institutional and cultural barriers they face in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. It will enable European cities and citizens to show the way forward towards an inclusive, thriving, climate resilient and sustainable future. The project will work as a service-oriented platform supported by world-class practitioners. It will help all European cities by providing them all with the support and solutions they will need to achieve their net-zero goal in a socially-inclusive way. The project will tailor advanced capabilities related to systemic change, citizen engagement and democratic governance, capital and financial structuring, and social innovation, to ensure cities have access to the best expertise available anywhere in the world.


NetZeroCities recognises the need for cities to develop specific strategies that are tailored to suit local and regional contexts, and will support them by developing and promoting new and existing tools, resources, and expertise into a one-stop shop platform that will be accessible to all cities through an online portal. In addition, the project will support up to 30 pilot cities to help drive rapid learning about how to achieve climate neutrality at the city scale. Cities will benefit from an intensive support relationship and dedicated services to achieve their net-zero goals. The project will also support the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” launched as part of the Horizon Europe programme, by seeking to scale the activities of this project across 100 cities, and to tackle the unprecedented capital investments needed to make such a transformation possible.

Role of Rupprecht Consult

Rupprecht Consult is

  • supporting the development of a comprehensive framework for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities in the project (in WP2)
  • providing expert services related to mobility to pilot cities (in WP3)
  • supporting the design of a comprehensive systems innovation methodology for city transformation (WP6)
  • supporting systemic innovation in pilot cities (in WP6)
  • analysing solutions, co-benefits and barriers to adoption (in WP10)
  • supporting outreach and communication activities (in WP12)

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