Results from M-NEX help policy makers redesign urban environments to lower CO2 emissions

Many cities need to drastically lower their CO2 emissions whilst meeting an ever-growing demand for carbon intensive resources. The M-NEX (Movable Nexus) project argues that by focusing on their food, water, and energy systems (FEW), cities can create circular economies and simultaneously reduce their carbon emissions. We interviewed Professor Wanglin Yan, the project coordinator for M-NEX, about the methodology and tools they developed.  

Vertical Greening is a low-cost source of food, energy, and building cooling

The Vertical Green 2.0 project has developed tools to predict the cooling potentials of vertical greenings and their water demands to better understand and manage vertical greening as a viable source of food and energy. “What makes vertical greening so interesting is that it can contribute to numerous urban transitions”, says one of the project coordinators Karin Hoffmann. The project results help answer one of the big questions on this topic, namely why vertical greening has not been applied on a large scale before despite its promising nature.

Engage, apply, transform: the Syncity toolbox is now available

How to make urban transformation truly engaging, just and sustainability-oriented? The toolbox produced in the frame of the project Syncity – Synergetic Cities for Europe- offers many innovative concepts and practical hands-on ideas. Based on lessons learnt from the city quarter of Cureghem in Brussels, it is especially valuable for arrival areas and disadvantaged neighbourhoods in European cities and beyond. The vision: cities in balance with natural resources, where residents, no matter their socio-economic or cultural background, can live, work and learn in synergy with the place, growing and renewing it together.




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