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A new Twinning Programme aims at supporting cities in getting to climate neutrality – one that will team cities up according to shared challenges, opportunities, and emissions domains as they make the systemic changes needed to get to net zero. This call is open to cities based in EU Member states or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries.

The call will pair selected cities with NetZeroCities Pilot Cities. Selected Twin Cities will embark on a tailor-made learning program. Over the course of 20 months, Pilot and Twin Cities will be brought together to exchange and build the capacities of the latter group with the help of facilitation support from NetZeroCities. “Not only will Twin Cities learn from the innovative activities driven forward by Pilot Cities, but the reverse will also take place”, the program promises. “A peer learning framework will ensure that both groups benefit from being matched up.” The learning program will cover three facilitated modules to guide the conversation toward impact: Getting Started, Co-creating, and Capitalising. At its end, the shared journey should result in a ‘Replication Plan’ for each Twin City, which they can implement in their own local context.

Once cities have applied, NetZeroCities partners will lead a tailored matching process to maximize the shared benefits of the program. Pilot Cities and Twin Cities will meet multiple times to get a closer look at how each group faces barriers to change, brainstorming mutually beneficial solutions during online meetings, workshops, and site visits.

Mission Cities

NetZeroCities is a project consortium comprising 33 partners from 27 European countries, managing the EU Cities Mission platform. The project supports the 112 European cities known as the Mission Cities in drastically reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate neutrality. The EU Cities Mission supports the European Green Deal in building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future through research and innovation.