Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow

15 September 2015 - 3:30pm • INTELI

As part of the Compiled Individual Assessment Reports within the POCACITO project, the city of Malmö was examined in detail to create a general picture of challenges it faces as it strives to become a post-carbon city. This includes environmental, economic and social factors. The assessment was made based off of information from vision and backcasting workshops.
The main environmental challenge in Malmö appears to be the dependence on fossil fuels. The top social hotspot is integration, while the city is doing quite well economically according to the assessment. Malmö has proactive strategies and plans in place to address discrimination and social sustainability, such as the Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö that was selected in 2008. Hopefully, this work continues and has an impact beyond reports and suggestions. Social issues and culture were also highlighted by stakeholders in the vision and backcasting workshops, showing that this is a key issue to the success of sustainability in the city. It remains to be seen what the revision of the energy strategy will bring in terms of new targets and actions to help the city on its path to post carbon. The work has to be a joint effort by energy industry, municipality and citizens, potentially aided by smart IT solutions to reduce energy use in households.
Be sure to check out the full analysis for both the city of Malmö and the other POCACITO case study cities within the Compiled Individual Assessment Reports.
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22 July 2015 - 3:30pm • Ecologic Institute

At a climate change conference at the Vatican, California Governor Jerry Brown expressed his support for Pope Francis' recent encyclical, Laudato Si, which strongly described the Pope's belief that climate change is exacerbating the global poverty problem. Calling on both top-down, particularly from the United Nations as the Paris Summit approaches, and local leadership, Pope Francis' message was met with support from other political leaders as well. Representatives from Houston, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco echoed the importance of local action to address climate change. Brown and other local leaders signed a declaration stating that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”

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2 July 2015 - 11:30am • Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Ecologic Institute,


This week, we will be highlighting national networks which contribute to furthering climate action in Europe.

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) is the only association of Czech municipalities that stipulates in its statutes that it will work towards sustainable development. Its mission is to conenct municipalities and professional organizations in the Czech Republic to cooperate on health, quality of life and sustainability. With its 119 members, it represents some 57% if the national population.

Kyotoclub is an Italian NGO formed by business companies, associations, local authorities and governments engaged in reaching the greenhouse gases reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol. It promotes awareness-raising initiatives, information and training fto foster energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable mobility. Kyoto Club puts forward energy-related policy proposals for public decision-makers.

RENER Living Lab - Portuguese Smart Cities Network is made up of 43 municipalities which represent 50% of the population. It aims to act as a living lab for the experimentation and testing of smart urban solutions in real-life context.

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