The leader cities have been selected between the ones that fully engaged with the “100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” mission, having submitted an application to it with a formal political engagement to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. This role requires an involvement in the definition of the pilots, support to the coordination for the public procurement, the deployment of the solutions, the dissemination / communication and to give full access to useful information (including on the field visits) to the project partners.
The variety of leader cities is a key of the project and they have been selected to be as different as possible on an 8 points categorization. This variety is an important strength to test and to stress the various tools defined, built and deployed by the project; this being a fundamental principle to build a strong and transparent monitoring system. It is not surprising to have, in some categories, cities with some similar characteristics, enalbling us to test the results by category.