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Sustainable Urban Practices

EMI has collected a number of inspiring and useful practices on urban sustainability as part of our EMI Urban Sustainability theme. Urban professionals across Europe (and beyond) have sent in these interesting examples of sustainability projects and practices. EMI would like to thank all people involved, for sharing their knowledge and experiences with other European cities. Every week you will find a new Sustainable Urban Practice published below.

  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Rotterdam Metropolitan Area and its Climate Agenda
    06 December 2012
    The 15 municipalities in the Rotterdam metropolitan area aim to reduce the CO2 emissions by 40% in 2025 compared to 1990. Given the increased urgency of the topic, the responsible politician for environment stimulated the municipalities to work together on climate policy. In this process they agreed to ‘top up’ the national ambition. In 2008 the plan was approved by the involved politicians.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Zoetermeer's collective heat and cold supply for business district
    25 July 2012
    The city of Zoetermeer realised a collective, sustainable energy supply system in a business district within the city borders. Up till now 12 business buildings are connected to this system. Each business building installed at least one heat pump in the building which keeps up the temperature at the necessary level.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Ghent Light Plan
    25 July 2012
    The Ghent Light Plan is an integral vision on both the functional and architectonical aspects of lighting in the city. The plan has several goals: increased sustainability by being more energy efficient, create a more pleasant urban atmosphere and reinforce the indentity of Ghent.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Gothenburg Environment Diploma
    25 July 2012
    The City of Göteborg Environment Administration together with The Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities is engaged in the field of environmental adaptation of companies and other organisations. The purpose of this mission is to make sure that organisations establish an environmental management system and fulfil the standards that are set. The Environment Diploma officially recognises that an organisation has ‘passed the exam’ in environmental adaptation and this recognition must be renewed on a yearly basis.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Leuven Climate Neutral
    25 July 2012
    Leuven has the ambition to be the first climate neutral Flemish city. The city aims to be climate neutral before 2030. Becoming climate neutral in less than twenty years is a complex transitional process.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Kocani's sustainable energy source
    25 July 2012
    The Communal Public Enterprise 'Vodovod' Kocani, together with the municipality of Kocani made efforts to find funds for the realization of the project doublet system. The aim of this project was to make use of the geothermal water energy system in a more effective way and to prevent the pollution of the river Bregalnica from the discharging of the used - high temperature - geothermal water.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Groningen and its International Fairtrade Town campaign
    25 July 2012
    A Fairtrade Town is a community in which people and organisations choose to increase sales of Fairtrade products and bring about positive change for farmers and workers in developing countries. To become a Fairtrade Town, Groningen established a local working group with a broad social representation. The municipality actively works to promote fair trade in various fields such as clothing stores, restaurants, supermarkets and businesses.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | The city of Plovdiv 's sustainable transport system
    06 December 2012
    The city of Plovdiv has a plan to create a more sustainable transport system in Plovdiv. The initiative consists of several measures: a public management transport system, a bicycle lanes network, a traffic control system and an urban planning transport study. The scope of the project is the effective and sustainable improvement in the provision of urban transport services and the adjustment of traffic in the Municipality of Plovdiv.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | London Plan
    25 July 2012
    The London Plan is the strategic plan for London which sets out an integrated framework for the development of London over the next 20-25 years until 2031. It aims to ensure the availability of sufficient land for a variety of land uses to support London's growing population, linking this to improvements in infrastructure.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Portland Ecoroof Program
    25 July 2012
    With the Ecoroof Program, Portland promotes sustainable development and improves watershed health by replacing conventional roofing with a living, breathing, vegetated roof system.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Brno community planning
    25 July 2012
    Brno's community plan of social services represents a significant milestone in sustainable planning of social services. It enabled effective communication between contracting authorities, providers and users.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Torino's smart city policy
    25 July 2012
    The Initiative "Torino Smart city" represents the new and ongoing innovation policy framework for the city of Torino. Its aim is to strategically design a new sustainable urban development policy framework in order to respond to upcoming societal challenges, thereby improving territorial competitiveness and becoming a better place to live, work and move.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Norways Eco-Lighthouse certification system
    25 July 2012
    The Eco-lighthouse certification system (In Norway = Miljøfyrtårn) helps private and public businesses to conduct profitable and environmentally-friendly operations. The Eco-Lighthouse is the most common licence for Norwegian organisations who want to document their environmental performance, create change and take responsibility for the future. Eco-Lighthouse is a Norwegian public certificate, supported and recommended by the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Sustainable Urban Practice | Stockholm Climate Pact
    25 July 2012
    To reduce the climate impact of those who live and work in the city, the city authorities have started to cooperate with the business community through the Stockholm Climate Pact. By joining this Climate Pact, all participants commit themselves to work towards a reduction of CO2 emissions in the city.