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Wroclaw - Towards the first low-emission city in central europe

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Eco-innovation has finally become the key topic in the Wroclaw policy. Going green is more than just a trend, increasing urbanisation and associated industrialisation carry important implications which require planning. Planners, ecologists, policy makers, home owners, educators, students and activists have to define an urban ecology manifesto having ecological foundations including lifecycle analysis of products, efficiency of resource use, exploitation of green infrastructure and mechanisms for monitoring the results. In order to build a comprehensive perspective incorporating ecological principles and decreasing the negative impacts of urban resource demand, the municipality of Wrocław, in cooperation with the management consulting company McKinsey and the Wrocław Research Centre EIT Plus, is carrying out an atmosphere protection project called ‘Wrocław for Climate’, which will need up to 15 years for project implementation. The vision is to catalyse climate change innovation, to create a community for climate change innovation and to deliver integrated solutions.

Unemployment in Wrocław fell from 14% to 5% in the last eight years, more than 100,000 new workplaces have been created while foreign companies have invested €4 billion here. This was possible thanks to the creation of a culture of innovation and experimentation, which propelled the city onto a knowledge-driven growth trajectory. Once the twin goal of unemployment reduction and job creation was successfully reached, Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency (ARAW) – the foreign investment support institution belonging to the municipality – launched concerns about building a network where other public institutions, people and enterprises can take common decisions and share interests. These include the development of an integrated approach (taking care of physical and social infrastructure, skills development and business information, administrative and regulatory procedures) as a tool to reach many regions across Europe and increase the attractiveness of a city region to investors while promoting innovation and territorial economic development.

Now, it is time for more of a climate-focused policy. More precisely, it is time to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. The strategic objective set up for this project is to become the first climate-friendly city in this part of Europe. Analysis will cover housing estates, public utilities and commercial buildings, transport, heating, energy and waste economy, water, air and green areas. The first city to introduce a similar climate protection programme was New York in 2007. The example was followed by Stockholm and Copenhagen. It is high time Wrocław joined these state-of-the-art metropolises.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Increased quality of life, climate-friendly policies, pollution reduction, carbon dioxide emissions, lowering energy and heating costs
Short English description: Going green is more than just a trend, increasing urbanisation and associated industrialisation carry important implications which require planning.
Further information
Organisation: Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.araw.pl
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 1-25
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Poland
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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