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How could you help contribute to the European Union's mission to have smart and climate-neutral cities by 2030?

Urban-based activities are one of the major contributors to climate change. Cities consume 65% of global energy and produce more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. However, they take up less than 2% of the Earth's surface.

Challenges

These are the areas in which you can develop your proposals, you can choose more than one.

Extended information

In 2022, the European Commission, in its plan to decarbonize the continent, announced the 100 cities that will participate in the EU's mission to have smart and climate-neutral cities by 2030. 



 

Urban-based activities are one of the major contributors to climate change. Cities consume 65% of global energy and produce more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. However, they take up less than 2% of the Earth's surface.



 

Half of humanity lives in cities and in Europe it is even more concentrated, with 75% of the population living in cities. 



 

CO2 emissions in cities are closely related to their infrastructures, particularly mobility systems and buildings. The lack of green spaces and the intensification of urbanization also contribute to climate concerns in these areas. Therefore, these factors need to be addressed to reduce emissions and promote more environmentally-sustainable cities.



 

Furthermore, the high concentration of people makes cities areas of greater vulnerability to natural disasters resulting from climate change.

How to participate in this challenge

It's easy. First, sign up for Open Room to create a team. Once you have signed up and made your teams, you can start to develop your proposals for the challenges you have chosen.


Below are the challenges for which you can submit proposals for the challenge.


What if I don't have a team?
You can still sign up. We will assign you to a team that has already been created once you have registered.

 

When are the deadlines?

  • Registration and team creation: from 10/23/2023 to 01/28/2024
  • Submission of proposals: from 10/23/2023 to 01/28/2024
  • Selection of finalists: from 01/29/2024 to 02/29/2024
  • In-person competition: March 2024

What should the team proposal include?

  • A PDF, with a maximum of three pages, explaining the solution you are proposing to the challenge.
  • A video, that is a maximum of three minutes long, where you explain your proposal, form of implementation, and feasibility in a simple way.

Support material for this challenge

Check out our content section for all the available material on Open Room.