PROJECTS

KIC Transitions

PROJECT TYPE

Innovation – develops and brings to market climate-relevant knowledge, products and services

LOCATION

Pan-European, co-ordinated from the UK

START DATE
July 2013
LEAD PARTNER

Birmingham City University

PROJECT MANAGER
THEME

Sustainable cities

PARTNERS
Birmingham City University (BCU) with technical assistance from IBM
ETH Zurich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule)
TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)
ESRI R&D
Greenhill Sustainability
SmarterBetterCities (SBC)
Aria Technologies
City supporters (Birmingham, Rotterdam and Zurich)

The increase in urbanisation has placed huge demands on natural resources, which has led to increased pollution and damage to ecosystems. As a result, it is imperative that cities are more climate change aware in their urban planning. The KIC Transitions (KIC-T) project aims to make the decision-making process easier and more efficient for city planners and communities through the development of an innovative, scalable platform of web-based assessment tools.

As populations grow in European cities and demands on natural resources increase, climate change-aware planning has become increasingly important for businesses and stakeholders. Urbanisation has led to increases in pollution, CO₂ emissions and damage to ecosystems, however these problems cannot easily be solved, due to the lack of an evidence-base for urban strategies and decisions.

 

 
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