Four Greek Cities Take Centre Stage in EU's Climate Action Push

Representatives of the Greek awarded cities. Photo source; Environment Ministry

Four Greek cities – Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Kalamata, and Kozani – have earned the prestigious EU Mission Label, a testament to their ambitious plans for achieving climate neutrality by 2030.

This recognition comes within the framework of the ongoing Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities program, a collaborative effort fostering innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

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In a significant step towards a greener future, six Greek cities have been chosen to participate in the ambitious EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030. Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalamata, Ioannina, and Kozani are among the 112 cities – 100 within the EU and 12 from Horizon Europe program countries – selected to spearhead this groundbreaking initiative.

This EU Mission aims to establish these cities as models for urban sustainability. Through innovative approaches

The importance of climate-neutral and smart cities

Cities play a pivotal role in achieving climate neutrality by 2050, the goal of the European Green Deal. They take up only 4% of the EU’s land area, but they are home to 75% of EU citizens. Furthermore, cities consume over 65% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.

Since climate mitigation is heavily dependent on urban action, we need to support cities in accelerating their green and digital transformation. In particular, European cities can substantially contribute to the Green Deal target of reducing emissions by 55% by 2030 and, in more practical terms, to offer cleaner air, safer transport and less congestion and noise to their citizens.

Aims of the Mission

The Cities Mission will involve local authorities, citizens, businesses, investors as well as regional and national authorities to

  1. Deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 
  2. Ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050 

As foreseen in its implementation plan, the Cities Mission takes a cross-sectoral and demand-led approach, creating synergies between existing initiatives and basing its activities on the actual needs of cities. 

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