A. Climate City Contracting including climate investment planning
Within the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission, several tools have been developed to drive the transition process. The Climate City Contract is a tool for multi-level governance to accelerate climate transition in practice. This is a learning journey to build collective capacity from a multi-level perspective to transform the way we shape and live in cities for a climate-neutral, sustainable, and resilient continent. Two other key tools that support work on the Mission are the local climate transition arena and climate investment planning.
Climate city contracting as a multi-level governance tool for accelerating climate transition - Olga Kordas, Viable Cities Programme Director, Julio Lumbreras, Programme Manager for CitiES 2030, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Mobilising stakeholders in a local climate transition arena. Gabriella Doci, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Ana Escario Chust, CitiEs 2030, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), UniversitatPolitècnica de València.
Climate investment planning as a tool for accelerating climate transition. Fedra Vanhuyse, Viable Cities/Stockholm Environment Institute Representative from a city.
Olga Kordas is the Program Director for Viable Cities, a Viable Cities is a Swedish strategic innovation program for climate neutral and sustainable cities jointly funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas. Viable Cities have been pioneering a mission driven approach to achieving climate neutral cities by 2030 together with Swedish cities, government agencies and are active in the cities mission at the European level. She is also associate professor in sustainable urban sustainable development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her research involves urban transitions and innovation studies.
Julio Lumbreras, PhD, Eng, MPA is Associate Professor at UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is the instructor in the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, Faculty of Arts and Sciences for the course on ‘Sustainable Cities’. He is coordinating the multi-stakeholder platform for the implementation of the European Mission for ‘Climate-neutral and smart cities’ in Spain. He is founding associate editor of the Open Access Journal on ‘Frontiers in Sustainable Cities’. He is co-author of more than 80 papers and books on air quality, climate change, sustainable cities, and higher education. Julio is passionate about increasing sustainability in higher education, turning universities into key agents to systemically transform cities towards sustainability.
As a researcher at Viable Cities, Gabriella has since 2019 been studying Swedish pioneer cities that have started their transition to climate neutrality. Her research aims to understand how learning unfolds in the transition arena consisting of local stakeholders. Based on the research, capacity building workshops are developed for other cities to learn from the experiences of those at the forefront. Based on the series of workshops, training is developed for those actively involved in the cities' transition.
Ana Escario Chust
Ana Escario is a predoctoral researcher at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), an innovation institute belonging to the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Her work focuses on Urban Sustainability Governance processes and instruments, such as multi-stakeholder spaces. In this regard, she has been involved in creating, facilitating and studying the Energy Transition Roundtable and the Agri-food Transition Roundtable of the city of Valencia. She is also part of the working team for the 2030 Climate Neutral Mission of Valencia and she is involved in the Spanish Platform for Climate Neutral Cities “CitiES 2030”. She is interested in co-creating a just, collaborative and inclusive urban transition.
Fedra is leading teams of sustainability researchers in the areas of cities, communities, and consumption; water, coasts, and ocean; and environmental policy and strategy at the Stockholm Environment Institute. She is passionate about cities, food, and people. At SEI, she leads research projects on circular and sustainable cities, looking at the financial and social consequences of transition, among other things. Since 2022, she is the finance and procurement specialist for Viable Cities.
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