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Open call issued for Climate Smart Cities Challenge

Nesta wants to work with cities around the world to identify and scale up innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build “thriving, inclusive, resilient communities”. 

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Nesta wants to hear about cities' aspirations to build a better future
Nesta wants to hear about cities' aspirations to build a better future

Nesta Challenges has announced a global open challenge call to cities to compete for a chance to develop and scale potential solutions to their greenhouse gas challenges.

 

The UK-based innovation foundation is looking for partner cities to run city-based open innovation competitions which aim to help the selected cities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create other social benefits. The challenge is run in partnership with Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries), Viable Cities, UN-Habitat, Smart City Sweden, the Swedish innovation agency, Vinnova, and the Swedish Energy Agency.

 

Resilient communities

 

Writing in a blog post, Kathy Nothstine, lead for Future Cities, said: “We want to work with cities around the world to identify and scale up innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating thriving, inclusive, resilient communities.”

 

To apply to take part the in the Climate Smart Cities Challenge, Nesta is seeking representatives from cities to:

  • Tell us about your city’s aspirations to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and create a good future for all
  • Present a problem that is specific and solvable in the near-term, meaning potential solutions could be introduced, adapted and scaled within the next five years
  • Indicate a willingness to work with a global community of problem-solvers and investors and to commit resources to test and implement solutions to your problem in your city.

“We want to work with cities around the world to identify and scale up innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating thriving, inclusive, resilient communities.”

 

If your city is selected as a partner, you will receive:

  • The opportunity to co-design an open innovation competition based in your city around your specific problem, supported by a team of experts in innovation, challenge prizes, climate change, cities and sustainable development from UN-Habitat, Viable Cities and Nesta Challenges
  • A pool of solution-providers competing to solve your challenges
  • Access to potential investors and partners to implement projects in your city
  • Peer learning opportunities with other cities facing similar challenges
  • Profile-raising opportunity of being part of a global challenge, including being featured in the World Expo in 2021 and being profiled in a major media campaign over the course of the challenge.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants can be a single entity or a partnership, but there must be one lead applicant organisation
  • The lead applicant may be city/municipal government or equivalent, or a private-sector agency or a public-private partnership with responsibility for public services. If the city is not the lead application, the relevant city/municipal government or equivalent must be a partner on the application
  • A ‘city’ can be a settled place of any size population (there is no minimum population size), which may include a multi-city region or metropolitan area comprising more than one contiguous municipality or local authority or equivalent
  • Your proposal must include a problem/challenge/barrier in reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in your city and creating other social benefits.

The deadline for a city to apply in the first stage is 22 January 2021. For full details, go to challenges.org/climate-smart-cities/

 

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