Europe is an urban continent. What its cities go through is crucial for a successful European agenda on climate change. Throughout Europe, more than 4.000 cities of all sizes have undersigned the so-called Covenant of Mayors in order to attain and go beyond the goals pursued by Europe 2020.
Today, thousands of innovative, low-carbon projects are active. Nevertheless, they seem to be isolated initiatives lacking strategy and an adaptational method.
Taking the experience of the continent’s big cities as a starting point (Birmingham, Bologna/Modena, Budapest, Castellón/Valencia, Frankfurt and Wroclaw), the Climate KIC’s Guide for Pioneering Cities has spread throughout Europe and applied a certain transitional model to the challenges faced in order to bridge the gap existing between our great political aspirations and the isolated, individual initiatives.
Six clusters have been identified within the building, energy and mobility sectors since they are believed to have the necessary potential to boost local projects and set up a clear path to the 2020 goals.
The three fields mentioned result in six Transition Clusters:
+Two of them are related to the building sector, and aim at the increasing of the buildings’ energy efficiency through their design and modernisation. They also intend to allow users to actively manage their own energy consumption requirements.
+Two more are related to the energy sector. They will focus on the cogeneration of cold, heat and power to bridge the gap between CHP and the renewable energies, as well as to promote power generation from waste.
+The last two clusters correspond to the urban mobility sector, that is, they are aimed at the design of fuel-efficient vehicles in order to encourage mobility patterns reducing our reliance on our private cars and new transport habits.
The application of this project to such fields has been conceived under the form of clusters. The building, energy and urban mobility sectors are the core to the Transition Cities proposal.
The emblematic Transition Cities proposal will test and boost this new working line by carrying out pilot projects and experiments in the areas covered by these six strategic clusters:
Cluster 1: energy-efficient buildings
Cluster 2: management of energy demand
Cluster 3: Cogeneration and renewable energies at a local scale
Cluster 4: Power generation from waste
Cluster 5: Fuel-efficient vehicles
Cluster 6: Integrated mobility