Aarhus as one of EU's 100 climate-neutral and smart cities

During 2021 the European Commission will launch five new missions, including the mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities in 2030. The mission is part of the 'European Green Deal' - the European Commissions leading effort in reaching climate neutrality for the whole of Europe in 2050.

On the 22nd of June, Aarhus City Council approved that Aarhus must work to become part of the mission of the 100 climate-neutral and smart cities in the EU. In the end of 2021, the City of Aarhus will send an application to the EU Commission to express the desire to participate in the mission.

The mission can be a great accelerator for Aarhus to become a sustainable and smart city and support the municipality's work to realize the goal of CO2 neutrality in 2030 by:

  • Securing additional funds for the green transition (funding)
  • Creating European and international awareness of the city (branding)
  • Assistance for specific conversion projects and technical advice as well as international cooperation and exchange of experience on the best solutions

The project to nominate Aarhus for the mission is an inter-municipal project. It is anchared in 'Aarhus Omstiller' under our Climate Plan.

The task of positioning Aarhus and preparing to be able to apply for the mission is lead by the Mayor's Department, but is realized in a working group across the magistrate departments.

Tine Lai Andersen, Sustainability consultant from the Mayor's Department, sees great potential in participating:

Aarhus has already come a long way in its goal of CO2 neutrality in 2030, but the most difficult tasks still await, while we don't have all the solutions for reaching our goal yet. The EU mission will be an obvious tool through which we can partly get inspiration and best practice from the rest of Europe as well as funding for the green transition
Tine Lai Andersen, Sustainability consultant, The Mayor's Department