Istanbul Is Moving Fast On The Way To Become A 'Carbonless and Smart City'

Istanbul is rapidly advancing towards becoming a carbon-free and smart city.
Istanbul Is Moving Fast On The Way To Become A 'Carbonless and Smart City'

İBB has added a new one to its efforts to combat climate change. Istanbul has become one of the 100 cities accepted in the EU Commission's call for combating climate change. Istanbul, which received the “Mission City” brand, was entitled to EU funding until 2030. The fund allocated to R & D activities only between 2022 and 2023 is 370 million Euros.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) applied to the call of the "Mission of Cities", established by the European Union Commission (EU), on combating climate, last January. A total of 377 cities participated in the call. Istanbul, on the other hand, became one of the 100 accepted cities.

Cities applying; It was selected by evaluating its adaptation capacities, policies, projects and commitments in combating climate change. Among the cities in Turkey, including Istanbul and Izmir; It is also present in Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Oslo, Glasgow, Bristol, Sarajevo, Stockholm and Helsinki.


Istanbul, which was accepted to the "100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities" call under the coordination of the IMM Foreign Relations Department, was entitled to an important fund. All projects to be carried out on combating and adapting to climate will be funded by the "Cities Mission" platform. The fund allocated to R & D activities only between 2022 and 2023 is 370 million Euros. The platform will also provide technical, financial and legislative support for each city.


During the process, long-term policies will also be determined so that the city can adapt to the climate. Additional funds will be provided for the solution of many specific problems, such as rehabilitating industrial facilities that already increase carbon emissions, and cleaning of groundwater. Committed to being a carbon-free and smart city by 2030, Istanbul will set a precedent for the world along with other cities.

The cities accepted to the call will start working on “Climate City Contracts” in the future. “The Climate City Conventions will create a project and investment plan for cities to achieve climate neutrality (carbon neutral city) by 2030. These programs will be created together with local stakeholders and citizens with the help of the EU Mission Platform.


The EU Commission has launched platforms called “Missions” to develop realistic, measurable, research and innovation-based solutions in order to address the major challenges facing societies and to overcome these challenges. One of the platforms gathered around a total of five main topics is the Cities Mission platform.


Under the Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission (short for the Cities Mission), it is planned to support 2030 European cities to achieve climate neutrality by 100. Technical, financial and legislative support will be provided specifically for each city. The selected cities will benefit from the support of the international coordination network and the international visibility of the cities will be increased.

As part of the contracting process of cities; In particular, InvestEU / Investment EU Programme, EIB / European Investment Bank, Just Transition Fund, Recovery and Resilience Facility, EU Regional Development Fund, Digital European Fund, private bank and other capital markets will help them find access to wider finance.

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