EU Mission: 100 Climate Neutral and Smart cities
The Commission announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the so-called Cities Mission. Urban areas are home to 75% of EU citizens. Globally, urban areas consume over 65% of the world’s energy, accounting for more than 70% of CO2 emissions. It is therefore important that cities act as experimentation and innovation ecosystems to help all others in their transition to become climate-neutral by 2050. The Commission will invite the 100 selected cities to develop Climate City Contracts, which will include an overall plan for climate neutrality across all sectors such as energy, buildings, waste management and transport, together with related investment plans. This process will involve citizens, research organisations and the private sector. The clear and visible commitments made by the cities in the Climate City Contracts will enable them to engage with the EU, national and regional authorities – and most importantly with their own citizens to deliver on this ambitious objective. 13 of the 100 selected cities are located in the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. Source: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_22_2591
Horizon Europe: EUR 283 million of funding available for Energy and Mobility R&I projects
The European Commission has launched new calls for projects under Horizon Europe’s Work Programme for 2021-2022. EU funding of EUR 283 million in total is now available for Energy and Mobility topics with a deadline of 06 September 2022. The projects will be selected for funding in a single-stage evaluation. Horizon Europe is the EU framework programme for research and innovation. Under Horizon Europe, Energy, Climate Action, and Mobility research actions are grouped into Cluster 5. The overarching driver for this cluster is to accelerate the twin green and digital transitions and associated transformation of our economy, industry and society with a view to achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. Source: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/news-events/news/horizon-europe-eur-283-million-funding-available-energy-and-mobility-ri-projects-2022-04-29_en
Rhine-Alpine Talks #12: Cross-border cooperation for sustainable transport
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The 12th edition of the Rhine-Alpine Talks will be organised on 3 June 2022, from 11:00-12:30 h and will deal with cross-border cooperation for sustainable transport. After a keynote on the Swiss experience on sustainable cross-alpine transport, a presentation of a policy roadmap improving regional cross-border train transport and a presentation of a roadmap for emission reduction in inland navigation, an interactive Q&A session with the speakers will be organised. See here the draft programme and register!
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