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10. Feb 2014 - New EU project “Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow”

TeilnehmerInnen des Pocacito-Kick-Off-Meetings

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Photo: Participants in the Pocacito kick-off meeting
Source: IRS


Climate change and the transformation of the power supply will change major cities in the EU by 2050 with lasting effect. The cities are responsible for a majority of greenhouse gas emissions, but they also offer the greatest potential for innovation and efficiency in terms of sustainable development of the environment, economy and society. The EU-wide research project “Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow – foresight for sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable and prospering cities in a world context (POCACITO)”, which has started now, will develop a roadmap for the transition to a sustainable, post-fossil economic model. It includes changes in the following areas:

  • Energy systems and water supply
  • Transportation and waste management
  • Regional economic cycles
  • Living and environmental protection
  • Political steering and education

On the German side, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Erkner is involved in the project. It is coordinating work package 2, which will create an inventory of urban sustainability initiatives. It will identify and evaluate innovative approaches for the “post-carbon transition” in 100 European cities. In three areas (city-wide initiatives, pilot projects at neighbourhood level and sectoral political initiatives), good practices are to be compiled and a city typology is to be developed on this basis to support cities in their selection of individual measures.

Other work packages include case studies in a variety of EU cities and a “marketplace of ideas”, which is to promote the implementation of measures. The POCACITO project is to run until 2016.

Further information on the cooperation project is available on the website.


Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern,
Tel. 03362/793-205,


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