European City Calculator: Prospective modelling tool supporting public authorities in reaching climate neutrality

Meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement and ensuring that Europe becomes the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, requires European cities to be in the driving seat of the climate transition. The climate crisis has already triggered many European cities to declare climate emergency and take ambitious climate action. Their contribution to the European Green Deal is also essential to strengthen the European efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050. 

While more and more European cities have vowed to become climate-neutral by mid-century or even earlier, only few have been able to translate these commitments into precise and tangible transition plans for their territories. It is therefore critical that these cities obtain the necessary knowledge, know-how and information, in order to make the right choices to determine the most effective pathways towards their climate neutrality.

Inspired by the innovative modelling tool of the European Calculator, the project EUCityCalc aims to support cities in developing and implementing scientifically robust, detailed and integrated transition pathways towards climate neutrality.The project will empower cities to devise a clear and concrete roadmap towards climate neutrality.     

It will adopt the prospective modelling approach of the European City Calculator webtool, an open-source tool providing cities with a sectoral outlook on the type and ambition of measures they can take to achieve a transition towards climate neutrality. 

The model supports cities in designing tailored transition pathways and policy scenarios. EUCityCalc will support 10 pilot cities: Riga, Dijon Métropole, Mantova, Zdar, Palmela, Sesimbra, Setubal, Koprivnica, Varazdin, Virovitica – in developing and implementing pathways and scenarios towards climate neutrality.

Thanks to peer-to-peer learning, capacity building and training programmes and the engagement of local stakeholders in expert working groups, EUCityCalc will empower cities in devising a clear and concrete roadmap towards climate neutrality.