Transition Cities


Transition Cities builds on the results achieved from the Climate KIC-funded ‘Pioneer Cities’ pathfinder. This project identified three main areas of activity in buildings, energy and mobility where consolidating activity could really move cities away from a narrow, siloed project approach. Instead, it proposed the development of multi-actor clusters in these areas to enable cities to articulate better their needs and challenges. Transition Cities will develop this model to help cities move towards a more sustainable, low carbon future and also signal a clearer and more coordinated intent to the market for innovative products and services that will be required to achieve it.

The Transition Cities project will undertake pilots and experiments in relation to the three priority areas identified above; promote new start-ups; leverage in other EU funds; enable cities to explore new institutional and business models in order to maximize impact on carbon reduction; and disseminate its findings widely across major European networks. The innovativeness of this project comes through methodology and new ways of working, as well as product development. It is hoped that its findings will influence public policy and procurement across European cities and stimulate the transition to the low carbon economy.

Programme: Climate KIC 

Participants: Bologna Municipality, Budapest Municipality, Frankfurt City Council, Castellon Municipality, Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency, Valencia InnDEA (Valencia Municipality). 

Coordinator: Birmingham City Council.

Countries: UK, Spain, Hungary, Poland (Wroclaw), Germany, Italy.