Ready4NetZero – Long-term Climate-Neutrality Strategies in Towns and Cities

Supporting small and medium-sized cities in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania in developing and implementing local strategies to reach climate neutrality. 


The European Union has decided to become climate-neutral by 2050. With more than half of its urban population living in small and medium-sized cities, they represent key players in this endeavour. Local long-term climate neutrality strategies, that guide the cities in the process, are critical for reaching the necessary socio-ecological transformation and managing a fair transition to local net-zero emissions. Generally, local authorities are very committed to climate action and willing to take efforts towards reaching climate neutrality. However, due to limited capacities, knowledge, technical expertise and financial resources, there is still room for improvement regarding properly planning their energy transition path. 



To address the above-mentioned challenges, the project offers various hands-on approaches. It provides written guidance on how to forward on the path to climate neutrality, as well as practical capacity-building activities, such as webinars, workshops, a study visit and an international conference. This equips municipal staff with the necessary knowledge, skills, and connections to develop and implement long-term climate neutrality strategies, involving the energy sector (energy utilities and consumers), transportation sector (transportation utilities and users), construction sector (construction companies, housing cooperatives and associations) and educational sector. 

Furthermore, the project kick-starts concrete actions in eight pilot cities in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania to directly contribute to the implementation of climate protection measures at a local level and inspire other EU cities to follow. Among others, the pilot actions may include joint, bottom-up development of visions for reaching climate neutrality by 2050, mapping and involving stakeholders considered key drivers of the energy transition and developing roadmaps towards reaching net zero. The pilot will be supported by the knowledge gained during the study visit in Germany and the training events for the local decision-makers, staff, and civil society. The widespread media campaign will help to broadcast the project activities on a wider scale.  

Project information

Updated: March 2023

Countries: Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania

Project duration: 11/22 - 04/25

Funding: 401,856 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Public sector

Implementing organisation:
Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités“ (PNEC)

Project Partners:
Ecologic Institute gGmbH, Energiaklub, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA), The Romanian Network of Energy Cities

Project Website:

Contact Person

Mrs Patrycja Plonka

Organisation: PNEC – Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités”


Sławkowska 17/30 str.

31-016 Kraków


Email: patrycja.plonkapnec.org.pl


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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