Synergetic projects & liaison initiatives


UPPER (Urban Policies for Sustainable Mobility and Energy Resources) is a European project aimed at promoting sustainable urban mobility planning. The project involves 11 partner cities and regions from across Europe, and focuses on developing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) that incorporate sustainable energy policies. The project also aims to support the uptake of electric vehicles, and promote public transport and active mobility modes such as walking and cycling. The project partners share knowledge and experiences, and collaborate to develop best practices for sustainable mobility planning. The project is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Overall, the project seeks to contribute to a more sustainable and liveable urban environment, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. More information:


CIVITAS is one of the flagship programmes helping the European Commission achieve its ambitious mobility and transport goals, and in turn those in the European Green Deal. It does this by acting as a network of cities, for cities, dedicated to sustainable urban mobility. Through peer exchange, networking and training, CIVITAS fosters political commitment and boosts collective expertise, equipping cities to put mobility at the centre of decarbonisation. Since its launch in 2002, CIVITAS has advanced research and innovation in sustainable urban mobility and enabled local authorities to develop, test and roll out measures via a range of projects. A series of ten thematic areas underpin these. The need to shift to sustainable urban mobility is clear. Nearly 70% of EU citizens live in urban areas, where the effects of transport-produced greenhouse gas emissions – which account for a quarter of the EU’s total emissions – and noise pollution are felt most severely. These, alongside widespread congestion, are damaging quality of life and health. CIVITAS supports cities to make smart and sustainable urban mobility a reality for all. In doing so, it is ensuring that mobility is a driving force behind the creation of climate-neutral and resilient cities. The CIVITAS Initiative is currently coordinated by CIVITAS MUSE.


NetZeroCities, a project within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme supporting the European Union's Green Deal, aims to assist cities in overcoming structural, institutional, and cultural barriers to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. Aligned with the EU's Mission of "100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030," the project functions as a service-oriented platform, offering support and solutions to European cities. Through an online portal, cities can access tools, resources, and expertise, tailored to their needs. NetZeroCities also conducts Pilots and a Twinning program to facilitate peer-learning and accelerate progress towards climate neutrality at the city scale.