The Challenge:  Busy, dynamic and economically productive cities account for nearly three-quarters of global energy consumption. To meet our climate goals, national governments, local governments, the private sector, and civil society must quickly come together to develop, test, and widely disseminate low-carbon innovations for urban areas worldwide.

The Goal: By 2030, deliver at least 50 large-scale, integrated demonstration projects in urban environments around the world, providing a pathway for all cities to adopt net-zero carbon solutions as the default option.

The Mission: We will drive research and innovation for net-zero carbon urban systems and mobilize cities and national governments to develop and test innovative solutions. We will share our findings with cities around the world through (customizable) innovation and investment roadmaps and show that all aspects of modern life in large urban areas – including housing, transport, energy and materials access, production and consumption, and industry – can integrate reliable and affordable clean energy solutions.


  • [November 9, 2021] Just launched! The Urban Transitions Mission was announced at COP26. Read our joint mission statement for more information


Co-leads: European Commission

  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM)
  • Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe


Core Group Members:

  • India, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Austria, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
  • Chile, Ministry of Energy / Energy Sustainability Agency
  • Sweden, Swedish Energy Agency / Ministry of the Environment and Energy
  • MI Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings


 Support Group Members:

  • Student Energy (Building on the Global Youth Energy Outlook and Global Solutions Portfolio)
  • IEA (Building on ‘Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future: Unlocking resilient, smart, sustainable urban energy systems’, TCP on Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future)
  • WEF (Building on the Net-Zero Carbon Cities Toolkit)
  • UNFCCC (Building on the Global Innovation Hub)
  • EIT Climate KIC (Building on the Zero Carbon Cities)
  • UNEP / SE4All (Building on the UN Urban Energy Compacts)
  • IRENA (Building on the recent work on sector coupling)
  • European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)