sustainable urban development

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Around half of the world’s human population lives in urban areas. Urbanization negatively impacts the environment mainly by the production of pollution, the modification of the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere, and the covering of the soil surface.  A cumulative effect of all these impacts is the Urban Heat Island (UHI). The term "UHI" describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas.   
Post date: 1 Aug 2016
Type: Publication

Considering cities account for over 70% of the world’s energy use (half of which are for satisfying thermal needs), district energy networks have an immense role to play in establishing smart, affordable and low-carbon energy solutions. Unfortunately, due to the widespread use of unsustainable materials, incorrect dimensioning, or skyrocketing time and investment costs, the installation or renovation of District Heating and Cooling (DHC) systems have quite some way to go. Thermaflex’ newest district innovation provides solace.   From dream to reality
Post date: 29 Jun 2016
Type: News

This booklet collects all main results and learnings of the project and it is meant to be easily distributed in printed format at events and seminars targeted to cities and municipalities as well as downloadable online. The benefits of Urban Living Labs and lessons learned are presented to encourage also other cities and municipalities to follow. The booklet emphasizes the added value and benefits to be gained through collaboration.
Post date: 14 Jun 2016
Type: Publication

Across Europe, some 200 million people live in suburbs in great need of modernization and social uplifting. The JPI Urban Europe SubUrbanLab project (2013-2016) has examined how these suburbs can be modernized and socially uplifted together with the residents and other stakeholders. The project developed and set up six Urban Living Labs (ULLs): three in Alby, Sweden and three in Peltosaari, Finland.
Post date: 14 Jun 2016
Type: Publication

Urban Living Labs are development environments that integrate residents and other stakeholders to develop and test new solutions in their daily life. The users of the new services or solutions are active partners in the whole development process, which happens in the real urban context. Urban Living Labs utilize various co-design methods for understanding the needs, generating solution ideas, presenting ideas and evaluating the solutions in practice. In addition, citizen participation methods are used for participation in decision making and taking action.  
Post date: 14 Jun 2016
Type: Publication

This report presents establishment and implementation process of the six Urban Living Labs carried out in Alby and Peltosaari, and is a continuation of the report D 3.1 & D 3.2 Selection of Urban Living Labs in Alby and Peltosaari. The lessons learnt in setting up the Urban Living Labs and results of the evaluations will be reported in D 4.1 & 4.2 Evaluation of the Urban Living Labs in Alby and Peltosaari.  
Post date: 14 Jun 2016
Type: Publication

The International Energy Agency (IEA) organises this webinar to present the main results of the Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 report, which was released by IEA on 1 June 2016. The webinar will take place on 3 June 2016 (14.00-17.30 CEST).  
Post date: 2 Jun 2016
Type: Event

Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems   Published every two years, this report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) examines the extent to which an energy technology revolution is taking place, the key technologies that are emerging, the costs and benefits of these technologies, and policies needed to foster their use.  
Post date: 2 Jun 2016
Type: Publication

Post date: 4 Dec 2015
Type: Event

  EU Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is an innovative project aiming to bring together like-minded interests and individuals to encourage knowledge sharing and greater collaboration in the long-term goal of creating smart cities and an energy efficient Europe. Supported by the European Commission, this project is a continuation of the CONCERTO series of projects, which started in 2005.  
Post date: 2 Oct 2015
Type: Link