Neighbourhood Demonstrators


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


Berlin and London, co-ordinated from the UK

July 2011

Making transitions happen

Institute for Sustainability
Imperial College London
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
Technische Universität München (TU München)
German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ-Potsdam)
GASAG Berliner Gaswerke AG

By 2050, 80% of the world population is expected to be living in urban areas. Neighbourhood Demonstrators (N-DEMO) starts with the premise that to deliver sustainable cities we need large scale and systemic innovation. Through co-ordinated planning and investment we will realise the efficiencies required to ensure widespread adoption. N-DEMO allows an opportunity for innovations to be demonstrated in real world test-beds while dealing with two main challenges: a lack of tools to support integrated planning and investment decisions and the need for business and financial models that enable partners to pool their interests and deliver different, connected elements in an efficient way. N-DEMO is applying new approaches to delivering sustainability in the neighbourhood, which can be replicated at city scale.

Cities offer many of the biggest challenges and opportunities in dealing with climate change issues, exacerbated by shrinking budgets, fragmented governance and often lack of clear leadership. As complex systems of interrelated systems, cities require multiple parties to work together in new ways in order to implement sustainable solutions.


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