The MI Urban Transitions Mission builds on the European Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities. As such, it will receive support from a Global Knowledge Exchange Centre on cities and climate, to be launched in early 2023 with EUR 2 million funding under Horizon Europe. Anchored in the EU Cities Mission, the centre will facilitate two-way learning and exchanges between European and international climate initiatives and stakeholders, including via an Annual Innovation Summit.
The Urban Transitions Mission also relies on expertise and support from its Global Innovation Alliance. In addition to the co-leads (the EC, GCoM and JPI Urban Europe), the growing alliance includes Austria, India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden and the MI Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings as core members. The UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub, IEA, IRENA, EIT Climate-KIC, ENOLL and Student Energy participate in a supporting role.
Cities are invited to apply online and express their interest to join the Mission’s cohort by the 22nd of October through a brief questionnaire reflecting the assessment criteria, which can be found on the Global Covenant of Mayors, MI Urban Transition Mission and partner websites. This provides further information on the value proposition for cities, their expected commitment, an info pack on the selection process, and FAQs.