NetZeroCities — Helping European cities reach net zero by 2030

Demos Helsinki has joined a consortium of leading organisations that will make it possible for European cities to drastically cut down greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The project, called NetZeroCities, started in October 2021 and will run for four years. 


NetZeroCities is a part of the EU Mission “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”. It is a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, rolling out in support of the European Union’s Green Deal.


The project is designed around the explicit hypothesis that cities are central to the net-zero goal, as they account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions and are home to 75% of EU citizens. They are also centres of economic activity, knowledge generation, innovation and new technologies. 


Demos Helsinki’s role is to help build frameworks for systemic transformation that includes social innovations, citizen and stakeholder engagement, as well as the development of a 100-city-mission platform, which will ensure continuous impact for the project. 


“The challenge is to transform cities so that they can achieve zero carbon emissions fast. This is not an easy task. Until now, the role of local governance has not been to transform societies but to provide stability for them. So our task is to ‘unlock the movement‘ that the net-zero goal requires, both within cities and with the help of citizens and other stakeholders”, says Senior Expert Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé. 


The consortium consists of 33 partners from 13 countries. The NetZeroCities project is coordinated by EIT Climate-KIC.


For more information, please contact:
Iina Koskinen


Feature Image: A building in Milan, Italy. By Victor / Unsplash