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[Replay] “Accelerating towards climate neutrality”

As part of the works of the Horizon Europe French Mirror Group, Sustainable City by France and Marseille organized a meeting gathering the French ecosystem and European partners involved in the  “100 climate-neutral and smart cities in 2030” European Mission in Marseille.  

The meeting provided an opportunity to   assess  the Mission’s progress, share difficulties and levers for actions identified, and also operational tools, methods and best practices implemented by the 9  French laureated of the Cities Mission to speed up the decarbonization process.  

Watch the replay:  

(English subtitles available)


With : 

Fabien Pérez, Community advisor in charge of European Funds, City of Marseille 

Jean François Montagne, Vice-President, Ecological Transition and Resilience, Dunkirk Urban Community 

Emmanuel de Lanversin, Deputy Director, French Ministry for Ecological Transition) 

Video message from: Claudine Bichet, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux, in charge of finance, climate change and gender equality. Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropolis in charge of climate, energy transition and health, and Céline Papin, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux in charge of territorial, European and international cooperation and of monitoring the city’s links with the world of higher education and research. , r Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropolis for Territorial Balance, International Relations and Citizen Dialogue. 

Faced with the challenges of the Anthropocene, how can we prioritize to accelerate action?

This discussion was dedicated to the citizens role in  ecological transitions process, the logic of “renunciation” (doing things differently), and regenerative companies that are changing their business model. 

With contributions from: 

Virginie Carolo-Lutrot, President of Sustainable Cities by France, Mayor of Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine and President of Caux Seine agglo 

Antoine Denoix, CEO, Axa Climate 

Judith Ferrando, Co-Director, Missions Publiques, member of Sustainable Cities by France’ Scientific Committee 

Alexandre Monnin, Research Director, Origens Medialab, ESC Clermont 

The participants emphasized that climate change is only one aspect of local and global environmental concerns. They reiterated the importance of dealing with the “carbon” issue in respect of the broader challenges of the 9 planetary boundaries. 

Mission Cities as test labs for achieving the European goal of carbon neutrality by 2050

A round-table to discuss the Mission’s progress, short-term prospects and initial feedback from territories involved in “Climate City Contracts”. 

European and French perspectives

With : 
Pierre Pacaud, General Directorate for Research and Innovation, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) 
Dominique Mathieu-Huber, Commissariat général au développement durable,  (French Ministry for Ecological Transition) 
Harry Tuinder, Legal and policy officer, “Future Urban and Mobility Systems” DG RTD European Commission 
Elena Simion, Coordinator of the CapaCITIES consortium, (UEFSCDI Romania) 
Eugénie Cartron, Program Lead and Systems Designer, NetZeroCities (Dark Matter Lab) 

Local perspectives

With :

Delphine Bourdin, Sustainable Development, Europe and International Advisor, France urbaine 

Pierre Verri, Vice-President of Grenoble Alpes Metropolis in charge of Air, Energy and Climate Change 

Benoît Pilet, Deputy Mayor of Angers, Vice-President in charge of International Relations 


What are the benefits of such a program for France? Including support strategies and systems

With : 
Emmanuel de Lanversin, Deputy Director of the Housing, Urban Planning and Landscapes Department (French Ministry for Ecological Transition) 
Edita Smajic-Simunovic, Project Manager, European Commission Representation in France (Marseille) 


What kind of public-private-commons alliances do we need to achieve ambitious targets by 2030?

To accelerate decarbonization, ecological, economic, and social change, the involvement of all stakeholders, including citizens, is essential. The speakers shared their experiences of innovative public-private partnerships and other methods for broadly involving stakeholder communities, such as carbon cooperatives, or dialogue and support for retailers committed to transforming their business models… 
Find out more about the discussions: 

With contributions from: 

Julie Delcroix, Climate Neutral Cities Advisor, NetZeroCities (ERRIN) 

Alexandre Chrétien, Co-founder, Convention des entreprises pour le climat (Business for Climate Convention) 

Jean-Baptiste Geissler, General Secretary, “Club Top 20” 

Raphaël Michaud, Deputy Mayor, affordable, low-carbon and desirable city, Lyon 

Catherine Lafage, Head of Ecological Transition – Climate, Nantes Metropolis 

What investments and business models do we need for climate action?

Among the obstacles identified, the European Mission cities expressed their financial difficulties in achieving carbon neutrality. 
Find out more about the measures available and implemented to finance the transition of these cities: 

With : 

Arthur Coussy, “100 climate-neutral and smart cities in 2030” European Mission Project Manager, Marseille 

Alexis Rouque, Regional Director Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Banque des Territoires 

Véronique Ménez, European Funds Coordinator, Franch National Agency for the Cohesion of Territories (ANCT) 

Aurore Colin, Project Manager, I4CE 

Cécile Bordier, Carbon Finance Project Manager, Department for Climate and Ecological transition, City of Paris 

Keynote Anne Clerc, Prefect, Head of the Territorialization and Sectors Division, French General Secretariat for Ecological Planning (SGPE)

Find out more about the SGPE’s ecological planning tools: 

Tools and methods for project planning and evaluation

Examples of tools tested and implemented at Dijon Metropolis, Dunkirk and Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis 

With : 

Matthew Wendeln, Project Director, “Low-carbon strategies for territories”, Efficacity 

Vincent Fouchier, Director, Foresight and Development Council, Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis 

Sylvie Delatte, Director of Strategy, European and International Cooperation, Urban Community of Dunkirk  

Oanez Codet Hache, Director of Urban Ecology, Dijon Metropolis 


Fabien Pérez,  Community advisor in charge of European Funds, Marseille 
Thomas Osdoba, Programme Director for NetZeroCities (EIT-Climate KIC) 
Thanh-Tâm Lê, Director Impact and Performance (EIT-Climate KIC) 
Pierre Pacaud, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) 

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About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.