JPI Urban Europe Newsletter Summer 2022
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We look back at an intensive and productive Spring with last preparations for the European partnership Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) and the signing of the contract with the European Commission on June 22 an important milestone. DUT, the new programme of JPI Urban Europe within the Horizon Europe framework, will give the long-term conditions to step up the game to tackle urban challenges. The official launch of the DUT partnership is accompanied by the opening of first DUT call in September. In this newsletter you will find heads up information on upcoming DUT activities, reports on latest developments of the three DUT impact pathways and results from projects exploring integrated solutions for food, water and energy in cities.

June came with several opportunities for outreach, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing with European and International communities - at the Urban Future conference in Helsingborg, the French Presidency of the Council of the EU and most recently UN Habitats’ World Urban Forum #11 in Katowice. Training sessions on Urban Living Labs were successfully carried out in online format as well as on site. As we are moving forward to the formal launch of the DUT partnership in September, we will start to make visual changes in our newsletter and website. Stay in the loop and read more about the DUT partnership on
our website.

Driving Urban Transitions – Sustainable future for cities
The Driving Urban Transitions partnership (DUT) is the new programme of JPI Urban Europe within the Horizon Europe framework. With the partnership we will step up the game to tackle urban challenges. Through research and innovation, we enable local authorities and municipalities, businesses, and citizens to translate global strategies into local action. We develop the skills and tools to make urban change happen and boost the urgently needed urban transformations towards a sustainable future with enhanced quality of life in cities.

DUT is realised as a European partnership of more than 60 partners from 27 countries and the European Commission, including national and regional policy makers, funders and urban-related policy agencies to invest in urban R&I and strengthen a European innovation eco-system for urban transitions. Building upon the JPI Urban Europe achievements, DUT aims to create a strong community around urban transitions and to establish a well-known research and innovation platform that will help cities become more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. Find more information on our website!

Driving Urban Transitions Launching event

4-5 October 2022
Lets kick off the DUT partnership with an enriching and engaging launching event!

Save the dates 4-5 October for the official launching event of the DUT partnership taking place in Brussels, which will be a hybrid event that combines activities on-site as well as online. 

Be inspired and engage in conversations that:
  • Demonstrate ways to improve impact, replication, and peer-to-peer learning throughout Europe and beyond.
  • Reflect the accomplishments of research and innovation projects.
  • Explore ways to link research and innovation with local action.
  • Highlight examples of best practice.
Learn and contribute with your experience on dilemmas and integrated development issues related to urban energy transitions, circular economy and sustainable urban mobility as key areas for urban transformation. 

Whether you are an interested citizen, activist, politician, public administrator, entrepreneur or academic, we gladly invite you to join our sessions. An invitation with program will follow and registrations open in August.

The launch event will be accompanied by national events from September onwards, giving you the opportunity to engage in your national community and connect to likeminded urban actors. More information about these events will be provided in the next newsletter also in August.

We look forward to meeting you at our events!
New funding opportunity - Get ready for the upcoming Driving Urban Transitions Partnership Call for proposals #1 

We are pleased to announce that the first DUT Partnership joint call for proposals is currently planned to open on the 21st of September 2022.

The call aims for transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing challenges along the three DUT transition pathways: Positive Energy Districts (PED), the 15-Minute City (15minC) and Circular Urban Economies (CUE).

The call is open to a wide range of scientific disciplines and asks for interdisciplinary approaches. It intends to support a large range of activities, to innovation and towards implementation. It also asks to engage explicitly stakeholders (companies, public authorities, NGOs, etc.) in the projects and to consider users’ needs in the identification of the project goals.

Read more about the call and keep posted for news and events.

Era-Net Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call open until 15 September

In the third additional Era-Net Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call, innovative solutions are the focal point. The call topics that have been identified are “Utilising untapped potentials and mainstreaming of measures for managing urban accessibility”, “Making measures for managing urban accessibility accepted and participatory”, “Making measures for managing urban accessibility more agile”, and “Making measures for managing urban accessibility effective, robust and impactful”. The full proposal deadline is the 15th of September. 

Read the full call text.


15-Minute City AGORA Dialogue
Making use of the 15-Minute City: Levers for a sustainable and inclusive urban mobility system

The 15-Minute City concept is a more and more widely used approach to redefine urban daily life in neighbourhoods and make cities more attractive and climate resilient. Still, many questions on priorities and implementation of proximity urbanism need further discussion. Back to back with the Urban Future conference 2022 in Helsingborg, we could reflect and elaborate with our AGORA participants on critical issues and ways forward to climate neutral, liveable and inclusive cities.

Read more about the 15-Minute City AGORA dialogue.
PED projects coming together

As a side event to H22 and the Urban Future Conference in Helsingborg, the four projects of the PED Pilot Call (Cities4PEDs, Interact, PED-ID, Trans-PED) and JPI Urban Europe representatives met for the first time in-person. In a workshop, the projects exchanged their achievements, challenges and learnings so far. In smaller groups, specific topics of PED development (city instruments, mapping, stakeholder engagement, assessment criteria) were discussed and further elaborated. The individual project developments are equally impressive as the joint will to collaborate and jointly contribute to the PED vision.

Learn more about the PED projects

Natural Gas-Free Neighbourhoods Workshop

Rotterdam, October 13-14

Within the Dutch ‘Natural Gas-Free Neighbourhoods’ (PAW) programme, city districts are currently trialing different methods to achieve the transition to a low-carbon energy system. At the two-day workshop in Rotterdam you will get the opportunity to have a first-hand look at these projects. Join us to exchange insights with the people who are leading the transition – both from the Netherlands and other countries in Europe.

Read more and register!


CUE workshop session on the Place Making Week in Pontevedra
The CUE Transition Pathway have suggested a workshop session titled “Building radically regenerative public spaces” for the Place Making Week in Pontevedra, 27-30th of September. The workshop invites participants to envision urban areas in 2050 and how regenerative urbanism can help human societies address and cope with anthropogenic climate events that are currently increasing both in frequency and magnitude. Using fictional city typologies as point of departure, participants will explore and build a vision for 2050 streetscapes.
SUGI FWE Nexus projects' results
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. In particular, GBI is well suited for integrating food, water and energy into a single system called the Nexus. Creating the Nexus will increase efficiency and reduce environmental strains. The project therefor 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.

Read the article.
Cities are like people: an efficient metabolism is essential for a vibrant, resilient and healthy existence
Building on more than 30 published academic papers and extensive modelling the METABOLIC project proves possible energy- and water gains from treating food, water and energy as interrelated systems and delivers recommendations to policy makers on national as well as local level in Brazil, Taiwan and Japan. In Brazil for example the project provides the nation with a roadmap for the best possible network of Green Transport Corridors that would increase Brazil’s food security and at the same time cut 37% of the carbon dioxide emissions associated with freight transportation by 2025.

Read the article.
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 heating technologies produce the lowest carbon emissions and provides relevant data for decision-making at the neighbourhood scale and determining city level emissions.

Read the article.
SUNEX: delivering ‘win-win’ outcomes on energy and climate
The integrated modelling framework developed by SUNEX analyses alternative development pathways, showing the impacts on the supply and demand for food, water and energy different scenarios produce, these can inform decision-makers of the advantages and disadvantages associated with low-carbon options when evaluating future development trajectories. In all four of SUNEX’s pilot cities, sustainable development scenarios were shown to decrease energy demand and to be viable options for achieving ambitious city-level climate action plans. 

Read the article.

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