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We aim to ensure that our results are scientifically justifiable and practical, and they answer to a real need.

Objectives

The methodological project objective was to develop a modelling platform and a related database for urban impact assessment. The platform is robust, easily transportable to new cities, and can be used for draft or detailed assessment depending on the availability of data. 

The topics covered were:

  • Urban energy generation and use, and GHG and other pollution release
  • Urban spatial data including the urban spatial plan, building stock, transportation and population
  • Socio-economic, demographic, exposure, health and well-being of the population

Practical level project objectives

The main practical project objectives for each participating city were to:

Evaluate the current contributions of the heat and power use in the urban building stock, urban traffic and transportation needs, and the overall spatial plan of the city with respect to GHG emissions, other environmental stressors, environment quality, public health and well-being of the population.

  • Evaluate the future public health and well-being impacts of the local implementation of alternative GHG-policies which would meet the locally applicable national, EU and/or international GHG-reduction targets specifically in each city.
  • Based on the above, develop and assess an optimised – i.e. maximum net public health and well-being benefits – GHG-mitigation policy package for each city.
  • Prepare for each participating city a roadmap to this optimised GHG-policy future.

General level project objectives

 The general level project objectives were to:

  • generate a web based collaboration workspace for the cities within and outside the project to develop, apply and disseminate information on city-level climate policies.  The workspace is designed to serve both the project, and new cities, stakeholders, and international policy-makers.
  • disseminate assessment tools and databases, high level educational material and hands on methodological training for and exchange of experience about the development and assessment of urban level policy scenarios (via six Project Workshops and Opasnet-URGENCHE).
  • develop a network of cities and research institutions in Europe and China (and elsewhere) for the evaluation of the risks and benefits of alternative GHG-mitigation policies in different climatic, cultural and economic conditions and for the different urban sizes and structures (1st Project Conference).
  • disseminate general guidance and assessment tools, as well as the overall experience, for city planners and decision makers as well as citizens organisations for the development of WIN-WIN GHG-mitigation policies in different urban areas (2nd Project Conference, Project reports and publications, and Opasnet-URGENCHE).


This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 265114.