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The project Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe tackles the challenges modern sustainable cities are facing. A climate neutral urban district uses innovative new technology and building techniques to reduce its carbon footprint.

Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: CLUE - CLimate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe

Funding programme: INTERREG IVc

Subject

Low carbon economy in urban areas

Schedule and project consortium

Schedule

01.2012 – 12.2014

Project consortium

The project CLUE brings together twelfe partners from nine EU-countries.

Description

Cities in Europe are facing many challenges in delivering sustainable solutions for a future with nine billion people globally. This includes the need to decrease the climate impact of cities. For example, Stockholm aims at being a 100% fossil fuel free city by 2050 and similar goals can be found across Europe. New urban districts, like the Stockholm Royal Seaport, Vienna’s Aspern+ and the 22@ District in Barcelona, are being planned to be in the technological forefront and a showcase for sustainable urban development with emphasis on climate mitigation and climate neutral development.

The project Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe tackles the challenges modern sustainable cities are facing. A climate neutral urban district uses innovative new technology and building techniques to reduce its carbon footprint.

The objective of the CLUE project is to increase the local and regional capacity in policy development which aims to facilitate the implementation and assessment of new solutions and technologies for a low carbon economy in urban areas. The consortium brings together local and regional authorities as well as universities from 9 European countries, which are developing climate neutral urban districts.

CLUE explores best practices in planning and implementation of systems, solutions and technologies for climate neutral urban districts as well as methods for measuring, monitoring, reporting, verifying and assessing climate mitigating efforts. The project activities result in best practice guides and policy recommendations on the integration of climate aspects in the urban development process. In addition, CLUE partners develop guidelines for measuring, reporting, verifying and assessing climate neutral technology as well as implementation plans for all participating regions.

Problems to be addressed

Cities and regions worldwide are facing three important challenges:

  1. Increasing urbanisation followed by an expanding need for new urban districts with accommodation, services, workplaces and green spaces.
  2. The threat of climate change requires a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. To decrease the use of natural resources in everyday life.

The vision of Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe - is an innovative vision that tackles these challenges. A climate neutral urban district is a district that uses innovative new technology and building techniques to reduce the carbon footprint. Climate neutral urban districts are developed in cooperation with different stakeholders.

The vision of climate neutrality includes identifying best practices for the following five themes:

  1. Legislation/regulations on the planning process and Economic aspects
  2. Private sector and citizen engagement in the planning process for climate mitigation in a new urban districts
  3. Planning strategies: type of mixture of living, services and work; density of the city; multiple use of green areas
  4. Technology and systems for heating, cooling and energy efficiency
  5. Technology and system solutions for transport

The best practices include policy aspects for developing climate neutral urban districts as well as solutions and methods to assess climate mitigation efforts. Innovative technologies for energy efficiency have to be closely connected with systems solutions related to people behaviour patterns. The use of local and regional development policies is one way to stimulate the development of climate neutral urban districts. These policies must be able to stimulate both the use of new technology and new methods for incorporating all actors. There has been a shift towards a more inclusive concept of governance and decision-making related to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. This approach includes the contributions of various levels of government, private sector, non-governmental actors and civil society. This is where an exchange of experiences between different regions is most needed.

Objectives

  • To increase regional capacity in policy development to facilitate implementation and assessment of new solutions and technologies to support low carbon economy in urban areas. Furthermore, a shared perception on Climate Neutral Urban Districts in the partnership is a project aim.
  • To identify best practices on improving local and regional development policies to achieve climate neutral urban districts.
  • To identify and assess tools and methods for measuring, reporting, monitoring and assessing different technologies, systems and solutions for the development of climate neutral urban districts.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

Exchange of experiences dedicated to the identification and analysis of good practices. Tools, methods and guidelines for planning and evaluation of climate neutral urban districts.

Main results

The expected results are: A 'shared perception on Climate Neutral Urban Districts among regional and local communities and stakeholders in Europe; and an increased capacity in policy development to facilitate implementation and assessment of new solutions and technologies to support low carbon economy in urban areas.

Outputs developed by the project

No project outputs are available yet, since CLUE is an ongoing project. Future outputs will be available here.

Project homepage

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References

ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)