About Healthy, Clean Cities

Cities across Europe are working to accelerate their transition towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience – using joined–up systems innovation as a key tool.

Cities face an enormous challenge in becoming resilient, healthy places to live while reaching net-zero-emissions in just a few short years. Working with ambitious mayors, municipalities and city communities in Europe to design portfolios of joined-up innovations means they are capable of unlocking wholesale transformation across all city systems – from mobility to waste, from energy to health, and the built environment.

Our first cohort of partners includes the cities of Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Kraków, Križevci, Leuven, Madrid, Malmö, Maribor, Milan, Niš, Orléans, Sarajevo, Skopje and Vienna. 

Our work is informed by more than 10 years of experience in urban sustainability gathered through EIT Climate-KIC‘s large-scale programmes and flagship initiatives, notably Smart, Sustainable Districts (SSD)City Finance Lab, and Building Technology Accelerator (BTA). Furthermore, EIT Climate-KIC brings the interdisciplinary professional expertise of the Cities team, including our design partners Bankers without BoundariesDark Matter LabsThe Democratic Society, the Global Covenant of Mayors and Material Economics.

Find out more about our work in the stories below. If you are interested in becoming a challenge owner, partner or funder, contact us at communitydesk@climate-kic.org

Stories
EIT Climate-KIC | 2 September 2021 Green neighbourhoods as a service

Read on for a lightly edited extract from BwB’s original blog post exploring how to reduce net energy consumption in the built environment, which contributes 30-40 per cent to a city’s total CO2 emissions.

Green neighbourhoods as a service
EIT Climate-KIC | 1 September 2021 Innovative finance for cities tackling the net-zero carbon transition

Read on for a lightly edited extract from BwB’s original blog post describing interesting insights on innovative finance from BwB and other “design partners,” which emerged during their work on EIT Climate-KIC’s Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration.

Innovative finance for cities tackling the net-zero carbon transition
EIT Climate-KIC | 26 August 2021 Accelerating city transitions

Read on for a lightly edited extract from Dark Matter Labs’ original blog post detailing insights gleaned from its collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC’s Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration, and much more.

Accelerating city transitions
EIT Climate-KIC | 23 March 2021 Partnering with Laudes Foundation to advance Madrid and Milan's sustainable urban approach across Europe

Read more about our work mobilising a community of experts to work with a broad coalition of city leaders, citizen groups and businesses to accelerate efforts to lower embodied carbon in new buildings in two of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects: Madrid Nuevo Norte and Milan’s L’Innesto.

Partnering with Laudes Foundation to advance Madrid and Milan's sustainable urban approach across Europe
EIT Climate-KIC | 19 March 2021 Climate resilience needs community roots

EIT Climate-KIC partner Democratic Society has launched its Democratic Climate Model—a model showing how democratic principles can lead cities and regions to respond differently to climate change, heavily informed by work done with EIT Climate-KIC’s Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration.

Climate resilience needs community roots
EIT CLIMATE-KIC | FEBRUARY 2021 Edinburgh: building climate resilient infrastructure and communities
Edinburgh: building climate resilient infrastructure and communities
EIT Climate-KIC | 17 February 2021 New accelerator programme geared towards systemic change secures key partners

Following its Open Call, the New Accelerator programme has assembled a consortium of new and current EIT Climate-KIC partners to foster European entrepreneurship to tackle climate change.

New accelerator programme geared towards systemic change secures key partners
EIT CLIMATE-KIC | FEBRUARY 2021 Residents of Kessel-Lo, Belgium, are invited to shape the future of their neighbourhood
Residents of Kessel-Lo, Belgium, are invited to shape the future of their neighbourhood
EIT Climate-KIC | 12 November 2020 Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan: Three cities putting citizen participation at the heart of climate action

For EIT Climate-KIC, it is of paramount importance to create the links between decision-makers and the public around climate action. Citizen engagement is therefore at the heart of our Deep Demonstrations programme.

Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan: Three cities putting citizen participation at the heart of climate action
EIT Climate-KIC | 05 November 2020 EIT Climate-KIC leads collective efforts to accelerate Madrid’s transition towards carbon neutrality

A cross- KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) initiative is working on bringing data into the Spanish capital’s decarbonisation activities.

EIT Climate-KIC leads collective efforts to accelerate Madrid’s transition towards carbon neutrality
Edward Andersson & Namita Kambli | Democratic Society | October 2020 Five ways of meaningfully involving citizens in climate action

EIT Climate-KIC partner The Democratic Society has written an article on taking citizen climate action to the next level, featuring learnings from their work on our Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration.

Five ways of meaningfully involving citizens in climate action
EIT Climate-KIC | July 2020 Vienna’s journey to carbon neutrality

EIT Climate-KIC is working with the city of Vienna to identify climate initiatives and to link them systematically to push beyond incremental change.

Vienna’s journey to carbon neutrality
EIT Climate-KIC | March 2020 Madrid: A city turning eco-fictions into eco-futures through systems innovation

The 'Eco-fictions' installation is the brainchild of Instituto Mutante de Narrativas Ambientales, an environment-focused arts group - one of four core partners in the Madrid chapter of EIT Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstration of Healthy Clean Cities, along with Madrid’s City Government, the transport infrastructure operator Ferrovial, and the Technical University of Madrid.

Madrid: A city turning eco-fictions into eco-futures through systems innovation
EIT Climate-KIC | January 2020 What is there to learn from Leuven?: Q&A with Mayor Ridouani
What is there to learn from Leuven?: Q&A with Mayor Ridouani
23 MAR 2020 Trees as infrastructure: Part one

Trees as infrastructure: An open source model to support municipalities in transitioning toward resilient urban forest management practices.

Trees as infrastructure: Part one
23 MAR 2020 Trees as infrastructure: Part two

Trees as infrastructure: An open source model to support municipalities in transitioning toward resilient urban forest management practices.

Trees as infrastructure: Part two
24 JUL 2020 The climate emergency demands bold policy innovations – can cities deliver?

While the challenges of climate change and a global health crisis converge in cities, the economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic now present an unprecedented moment in modern urban sustainable development.

The climate emergency demands bold policy innovations – can cities deliver?
27 JAN 2021 Bridging the investment gap: Infrastructuring tomorrow

Over the past year, Dark Matter Labs has been reimagining infrastructures with stakeholders throughout Europe, including the EIT Climate-KIC Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration.

Bridging the investment gap: Infrastructuring tomorrow

Problem Space Narratives

100 climate-neutral cities by 2030

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100 climate-neutral cities by 2030
Citizen and democratic decision-making systems

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Citizen and democratic decision-making systems
Deep Demonstration Factsheet Series 1 – Healthy Clean Cities

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Deep Demonstration Factsheet Series 1 – Healthy Clean Cities