Horizon Europe should play its greatest role to deliver in the medium-term the EU Energy Union Strategy (in particular the Clean Energy for all Europeans legislative package), and to achieve in the long-term by 2050 at the latest, the objective of net-zero GHG emissions. Furthermore, the new Horizon Europe
The climate, energy and mobility cluster of Horizon Europe, in particular as concerns its intervention area on “develop sustainable infrastructure, services
Long term visions and ambition must be supported by innovation and experimentation, not only of new
European cities and towns should receive a right to experimentation, gaining access to spaces to innovate and work together in addressing the challenges of the energy and climate transition. More concretely, this entails that safe spaces outside of the existing regulatory and political framework are created for energy and climate innovation by European cities and towns. Horizon Europe should
Towns and cities would receive funding for setting up e.g. local energy unions, trans-border energy systems where a city with
Through the Covenant of Mayors – Europe initiative, Cities and towns funded for these pilot projects would then regularly exchange on their progress in societal and technological innovation, thus making the initiative a real transition lab. They would also involve citizens in their experimentation journey through Hackathons for Climate, to improve their innovative approaches even further.
At the end of the first phase of the Horizon Europe