Beyond “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities”: Reflections on Strategies and Governance Models

Keywords: climate change, climate-neutral city, urban governance, co-city


The paper reflects on the state of the art in the field of smart cities and climate change focusing on how cities can play a role in meeting the 2030 climate neutrality goal. It investigates the main streams of literature on cities’ visions (smart city, sharing city, self-sufficient city, 15-minuts city, circular city) and the climate-neutrality approach proposed by the European Commission through the EU mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities. The mission has identified 100 European cities that will be engaged in a transition to climate neutrality by the end of 2030 as cities’ model to push other cities to work for meeting goals of decarbonization. The 9 Italian cities selected by the mission, as well as a city inspired by the mission itself, are presented with their programs and initiatives in order to highlight how they are replying to the main urban challenges in terms of services provisions. The emerging hypothesis is that, to provide services in a fair and just way reducing environmental impact, city should be understand as a commons. A co-city model based on a penta helix approach as those proposed by Foster and Iaione, is thus a strategic way to deal with the urban challenges also in a climate logic and would help cities to meet the EU goals by 2030.


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BernardiM., & AquiliA. (2023). Beyond “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities”: Reflections on Strategies and Governance Models. Fuori Luogo. Rivista Di Sociologia Del Territorio, Turismo, Tecnologia, 17(4), 19-38.