Green and blue infrastructure empowers local governments to design the high-quality integrated urban systems of tomorrow

In the fight against climate change, combining Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) planning strategies with urban systems integration is a promising strategy for reducing carbon emissions and waste production whilst strengthening cities’ ecosystem services. The IFWEN project fills an important knowledge gap by demonstrating which types of GBI and ecoservice are connected, as well as showing policy makers how GBI can be used as an instrument for transformative change.

Project results from ENLARGE pave the way for sustainable urban heating, tailored to neighbourhood needs without compromising energy resilience or social justice

Combining data and modelling with an ethnographic approach, the ENLARGE project demonstrates why a nexus approach to urban heating (integrating energy and water systems) can decrease reliance on oil and gas, increase energy security, and mitigate risks such as water stress and social conflict. Project outputs include an optimisation model that determines which heat technologies produce the lowest carbon emissions and provides relevant data for decision-making at the neighbourhood scale and determining city level emissions.

A different governance of joint resources? Results from the Creating Interfaces urban living labs

What are the benefits of targeting food in the food-water-energy nexus? Is is time to govern these resources differently in cities? The Creating Interfaces project has carried out international research on how food, energy and water systems interact (as a nexus) in three cities: Slupsk (Poland) Tulcea (Romania) and Wilmington (U.S.A). We met with Pia Laborgne and Iulian Nichersu to learn from their popular results.




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