Cities of TOMORROW

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TOMORROW is a Horizon 2020 funded project, aiming at empowering local authorities to lead the transition towards low-carbon, resilient and more liveable cities.

General introduction

Energy Cities and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), together with the pilot cities of Brașov (Romania), Brest (France), Dublin (Ireland), Mouscron (Belgium), Niš (Serbia) and Valencia (Spain), spearhead innovative ways to develop long-term transition roadmaps, by implementing the revised transition management methodology. The six cities will develop 2050 transition roadmaps together with citizens and other local stakeholders and serve as pilot for the transition of European territories.

TOMORROW provides innovative engagement processes in order to foster wide and meaningful participation. Such processes will be based on a review of existing methodologies and approaches successfully used by some frontrunners cities, called lighthouse, involved in the project.

TOMORROW produced a set of factsheets and methodological guidelines to be used as a toolbox by European cities.

Project Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847136. Links

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Suggested key readings & links

The TOMORROW Transition Toolbox includes a set of guidelines and practical workbooks on how to develop a transition roadmap for (European) cities.

  • The Designing participatory transformative processes for just and zero-carbon cities - Methodological guidelines for using Transition Management supports policy workers in (European) cities who want to design a transformative and participatory process for realising just and climate-neutral cities. Based on a three-year research project with six European cities (TOMORROW), this guide has been developed to address issues encountered in the practice of urban transitions: from redesigning municipal institutions to creating legitimacy for radicality and shaping co-creation. The guide can be used to work towards developing a roadmap for decarbonisation in 2030 or 2050, but also to develop sustainability policies, trade agreements, or memoranda, and can be used by teams in public or private organisations, across organisations and/ or with support from a third party. Importantly, the process of transition management that this guide covers is more important than any anticipated outputs.
  • The Workbook Vol.1 For Urban Transition Makers is a collection of tools for change makers willing to contribute to sustainability transitions in cities. More specifically, this workbook explains the tools to get started with so-called transition governance.
  • The Workbook Vol. 2 For Urban Transition Makers is a collection of tools and methods that supports policy makers, civil servants and other actors in cities in their efforts to design a transformative and participatory process for realising just and climate-neutral cities. An urban transition maker is any person, group or organisation who would like to adapt and implement transition governance processes.

Link to other Wiki-pages

The TOMORROW factsheets on innovative governance projects are part of TOMORROW’s toolbox and provide can the inspiration and guidance necessary to develop a city’s transition roadmaps. Innovative energy transition practices in different cities in Europe are linked below, organized by sector.

Further reading

Find updated publications on DRIFT's website: