SSD Utrecht, Making city districts smart and sustainable

The challenge

Cities are accountable for 70% of the total CO2emissions worldwide. The number of people living in cities is growing exponentially. Therefore, cities play a major role in attaining the global climate goals. Cities also have important challenges when it comes to climate adaptation. For instance, cities need to deal with large quantities of rain, alternated with long periods of drought. Climate resilient cities promise to create pleasant, healthy and safe work and living conditions.

The solution

The municipality of Utrecht aims to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainable cities with the redevelopment of the central station area and the adjacent Beurskwartier. Utrecht joined EIT Climate-KIC’s Smart Sustainable Districts(SSD) programme, which is dedicated to  transforming cities one district at a time. The SSD partners worked out a strategy to transform Utrecht’s Beurskwartier into an attractive, energy neutral area. Supported by citizens and other stakeholders, the climate solutions are now ready to be implemented.

One of the sustainable solutions for Utrecht is the introduction of a shared car scheme using cars that run on electricity, while also delivering surplus electricity to the local net. The Beurskwartier area is also fitted with water management systems and vertical gardens.

The impact

Utrecht’s Smart Sustainable Districts programme will create an attractive, energy neutral and climate resilient area.

 EIT Climate-KIC’s role

Utrecht is one of the pilot districts in the EIT Climate-KIC Smart Sustainable Districts programme. The pilot districts include the leading sustainable cities in Europe. EIT Climate-KIC supports international collaborations in the area of infrastructure, transport, utilities and the built environment. In addition, the Smart Sustainable Districts programme will demonstrate the commercial value and market opportunities of innovative city solutions.

 
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