The key role of Historic Urban Areas to move towards Climate Neutral Cities

On October 12, Centrinno, HUB-IN and T-Factor will host a participatory session to discuss and share insights on how the regeneration of Historic Urban Areas can play a key role to achieve Climate Neutral Cities in Europe. The event is co-organised with the European Research Executive Agency and DG-RTD as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy in Europe’s regions and cities.

During the session, Centrinno, HUB-IN and T-Factor will present a joint new policy report and will share policy recommendations and insights learnt from the three Horizon 2020 projects. After that, representatives from three Mission Cities, Milan, Dortmund and Lisbon, will join the discussion on the main challenges in Climate Neutral City Contracts (CCC), focused on creative spaces, temporary uses and heritage revitalisation.

The discussion will take form as a thematic world-café with peer-learning exercises in order to exchange insights related to climate and circular economy policies with the experiences of Milan, Dortmund and Lisbon. 

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Opening & Institutional Messages 

  • Wiebke Pankauke, DG-Research and Innovation, European Commission


Insights & Policy Recommendations from H2020 Innovation Actions & Mission Cities

  • Vera Gregorio, Lisboa E-Nova
  • Besnik Mehmeti, ANCI Toscana
  • Pietro L.Verga, Municipality of Milan
  • Moderator: Emanuela De Menna, European Research Executive Agency – REA.


Thematic World Café

Table 1 – Urban Regeneration and Climate Neutrality

  • Lisbon case, with Pedro Oliveira, Municipality of Lisbon.


Table 2 – Circular Cities and Cultural Heritage

  • Milan and CENTRINNO Pilot, with Serena Pelagallo, Municipality of Milan.


Table 3 – Climate Neutral and Circular Cities

  • Dortmund DoCircular 2030 Strategy, with Patricia Olbert and Yasemin Soran, City of Dortmund.


Peer-learning and collective discussion

Institutional message and closure

Arnoldas Milukas, European Research Executive Agency – REA.


  • October 12, 9:30am, at Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Hall 100.


The session is organised within the European Week of Regions and Cities, an annual four-day event to discuss common challenges for Europe’s regions and cities and share possible solutions by bringing together politicians, experts and practitioners as well as stakeholders from business, civil society and academia.

The event “Achieving Climate Neutral Cities through the Regeneration of Historic Urban Areas” is supported by the partners Milan Municipality, The Association of Municipalities of Tuscany, Lisboa E-Nova – Energy and Environment Agency of Lisbon, European Research Executive Agency and European Commission, DG RTD.

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