How can the EuropeanCommission use policies to tackle climate challenges in Europe?
Already, the single fact that roughly 75% of the EU’s population live in cities is reason enough to think about a specific, effective and efficient policy framework for cities in support of the most pressing European challenges. One of these areas is climate change and the energy transition, and meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement. We need to focus on turning research and innovations into results on the ground, putting an emphasis on deployment, replication, scaling up and thus a dramatically accelerated market uptake of solutions to meet the grand challenges of today, especially and most effectively in the urban context. Haitze Siemers will give an insight into how the European Commission intends to launch a mission on cities within the next EU framework programme – Horizon Europe – and how it builds on the experience from more than 100 cities involved in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Projects programme and the matchmaking process of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), to just name two main pillars.