RESOURCES

The Alliance cities jointly focus on four key transition topics.
Sharing ideas and experiences, knowledge gaps are filled to co-create solutions on unsolved challenges.

Infrastructure Transition

Industrial legacy cities are re-designing and adapting their infrastructure systems to meet current needs and challenges. In order to re-vitalize legacy neighborhoods, they re-purpose or replace disused factories and derelict railway tracks. In addition, their infrastructure systems need to be future-proofed in light of a changing climate. Alliance cities work together to identify good practice examples of urban regeneration and climate change adaptation.

Infrastructure Transition

Social Transition

Deindustrialization has resulted in substantial job losses in legacy sectors such as mining and manufacturing, leaving industrial legacy cities and their communities with a need to rebuild their economies and redefine their identities – while ensuring that no social group is left behind in the transition. Alliance cities explore shared pathways to strengthen their communities and create equal opportunities, e.g. through innovative citizen engagement and career education initiatives.

Social Transition

Energy Transition

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 ambitious climate goals and provide new economic opportunities. The Urban Transitions Alliance cities are jointly exploring challenges and opportunities associated with decarbonizing their energy systems.

Energy Transition

Mobility Transition

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 exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences on how to ‘green’ their urban mobility by leveraging legacy infrastructure assets and  incentivizing behavioral changes across their communities.

Mobility Transition

ALLIANCE WEBINAR SERIES

 Watch the Alliance webinars and learn about the Alliance cities’ expertise, experiences and good practices.

Urban regeneration and place-making

27 March 2018

Infrastructure Transition

Citizen engagement and social inclusion

11 April 2018

Social Transition

Strategies for renewable energy expansion in China

15 March 2018

Energy Transition

Accelerating the mobility shift in industrial legacy cities

18 May 2018

Mobility Transition

PUBLICATIONS

 Read up on transition insights and Alliance case studies from industrial legacy cities.

ICM Bottrop Case Study

InnovationCity Ruhr | Model City Bottrop: A Blueprint for a Future-Proof City

Bottrop, a midsize city in Western Germany, is a typical city of the Ruhr region. It is strongly influenced by coal mining and heavy industries. Its industrial character is, however, a thing of the past: Bottrop’s last coal mine will shut down at the end of 2018. Bottrop started in 2010 to get ready for the challenges of climate change. The corresponding change in energy supply, from coal to renewables, has turned out to be a good opportunity to futureproof the city. A lot can be learnt from Bottrop’s efforts to transform from an industrial center into a climate-resilient and sustainable city.

Published on 27 November 2018

Urban Transition Briefing Sheets

Urban Transition Insights from Industrial Legacy Cities

The Urban Transitions Alliance has grown into a strong network and knowledge-exchange hub of innovative urban transitions policies and projects. It supports industrial legacy cities from China, Europe and the US to identify common challenges, share knowledge and develop solutions according to their most pressing needs and interests. The knowledge captured from the initial Alliance exchanges in the fields of infrastructure, social, energy and mobility transition has been summarized in these transition briefing sheets.

Published on 15 June 2018

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