Urban Planning and Design ready for 2030

UP2030 in a glance

Start Date
1 January 2023

End Date
31 December 2025

UP2030 aims to support cities in driving the socio-technical transitions required to meet their climate neutrality targets by leveraging urban planning and design. Within the project city stakeholders and local authorities will be supported and guided to put neutrality on the map of their communities in day-to-day actions and strategic decisions.  An innovative methodology (5UP-approach) will be developed and applied through the co-development and implementation of science-based - yet practical - tools, and methods. 

Inclusive participation is key throughout the project’s full cycle of activities so that real needs of communities are reflected in the city-specific visions, and co-designed interventions maximise delivery of co-benefits. As such, UP2030 will have a measured positive impact on spatial justice in the pilots, and give the opportunity to citizens to participate in the transition by becoming agents of change themselves through their sustainable behavioural shifts.

Use Cases

Making cities more connected and compact towards climate neutrality is an opportunity to make them better places to live for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable. To achieve this synergy, UP2030 will support pilot cities be deliberate towards spatial justice outcomes. Budapest, Granollers, Lisbon, Milan, Muenster, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, Belfast, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro are the cities where the project activities will be implemented.

Participating cities are committed to climate neutrality actions, having already released climate action plans. Six of the UP2030 cities have also applied to the Mission’s call for the first cohort of Climate-neutral and Smart Cities.The proposed project measures on the pilot themes, will foster intense co-creation activities and ensure multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Our Mission

Cities play a pivotal role in achieving climate neutrality by 2050, the goal of the European Green Deal. They take up only 4% of the EU’s land area, but they are home to 75% of EU citizens. Furthermore, cities consume over 65% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.

The Cities Mission will involve local authorities, citizens, businesses, investors as well as regional and national authorities to: 

  • Deliver 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 
  • Ensure that these cities act as experimentation and innovation hubs to enable all European cities to follow suit by 2050 

As foreseen in its implementation plan, the Cities Mission takes a cross-sectoral and demand-led approach, creating synergies between existing initiatives and basing its activities on the actual needs of cities. 

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