DEFINING NEW PATHS FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
The Urban Transitions Alliance is designed to help industrial legacy cities to share knowledge, discover new solutions and better navigate their own sustainable urban transitions.
THE URBAN TRANSITIONS ALLIANCE IS
A global network of industrial legacy cities who have all committed to realizing sustainable urban transitions, paving the way for other industrial cities to follow.
A constantly-evolving knowledge hub of innovative urban transition policies and projects in the focus areas of infrastructure, social, energy and mobility transition.
A service and support tool for cities to access the expertise, research and collaborative space they need for existing and future transition plans.
HOW IT WORKS
URBAN TRANSITIONS ALLIANCE KICK OFF
Essen & Bonn, Germany / November 2017
The Urban Transitions Alliance looks back on a marvelous launch and first meeting: Alliance city representatives traveled from China and the US to meet their German peers at the TWINS Conference Ruhr in Essen, participate in the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn and set the agenda for the future work of the Alliance.
DEFINE SHARED CHALLENGES
The Alliance cities jointly focus on four key transition topics. Sharing ideas and experiences, knowledge gaps will be filled to co-create solutions on unsolved challenges.
Historically, industrial legacy cities have spurred the extraction of fossil fuels either as important mining sites or sites of heavy industry. However, the transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to a renewable energy system is crucial to achieve the ambitious climate goals industrial legacy cities have set and to provide new economic opportunities. The Urban Transitions Alliance cities will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with decarbonizing their energy systems.
The path dependence of existing infrastructure has ‘locked-in’ many industrial legacy cities into a car-based transport system rendering the transition to sustainable transport system particularly challenging. Identified as a priority area, Alliance cities will exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences on how to ‘green’ their urban mobility.
Industrial legacy cities need to re-design and adapt their infrastructure systems to meet their current needs and challenges. They need to re-purpose or replace their disused factories and derelict railway tracks to re-vitalize the neighborhoods they are located in. In addition, their infrastructure systems need to be future-proofed in light of a changing climate. Alliance cities will work together to identify good practice examples of urban regeneration and climate change adaptation.
Deindustrialization has resulted in substantial job losses in legacy sectors such as mining and manufacturing leaving industrial legacy cities, their workers and communities with a need to re-define themselves and their identities. Alliance cities will explore shared pathways to strengthen their communities and create equal opportunities, e.g. through the diversification of their economic systems and the provision of career education initiatives.
Cities engage with peers and experts to co-develop solutions
- Engage in working groups to jointly answer common questions
- Benefit from expert input from researchers and the private sector
- Aggregate knowledge and ideas in briefing sheets and solution roadmaps
- Share solutions and knowledge with peers
URBAN TRANSITIONS FORUM
at the ICLEI World Congress 2018
Montréal, Canada / 19-22 June 2018
The Urban Transitions Forum has advanced transnational collaboration and knowledge exchange. Transition focused thematic sessions as well as working meetings and networking opportunities created key moments for the Alliance cities to learn from one another, discuss current barriers and spark new ideas for individual or joint transition activities, thus moving into the next phase of the project.
URBAN TRANSITIONS ALLIANCE CHINA WORKSHOP
Industrial Legacy. Sustainable Future.
Beijing, China / 30 October 2018
The workshop served as a platform for exchange: For the first time, all Chinese UTA cities participated and interacted with German cities and partners to exchange views and learn from each other about ongoing urban transitions in each region. In this regard, the workshop also laid a foundation for Alliance stakeholders to understand the challenges of transition strategies, so that bilateral or multilateral city/partner-pairing and cooperation projects can be planned and considered in the future under the UTA framework.
APPLY KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE
Cities receive support to translate knowledge and solutions into
- Receive guidance, tools and frameworks for urban transition management
- Make use of contacts gained through the Alliance
- Apply knowledge to improve existing projects, plans and strategies
- Develop or implement action plans and projects for urban transitions