Utrecht The New Centre - icon for sustainable development

Utrecht The New Centre will become an icon for sustainable and healthy urbanization. With the transformation of the West-side of Utrecht city center, the Municipality of Utrecht together with Jaarbeurs and other partners will be taking a big step forward. Less and slower traffic, climate and energy neutral construction, efficient water management and greening will soon provide for a pleasant place to stay and ample opportunities for new forms of working, living, shopping and nightlife.

Priorities for the sustainable transformation of Utrecht The New Centre are: 

  1. Hybrid systems for heating and cooling at district level
  2. Local use of local renewable power
  3. Green, climate robust and attractive
  4. Clean and safe personal mobility

The area has been selected as an icon for sustainable transformation by the European Climate-KIC programme Smart Sustainable Districts. Research institutes from the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, led by the Utrecht Sustainability Institute, will specify the sustainable redevelopment ambitions of the Municipality of Utrecht and Jaarbeurs in Utrecht Centre-West and will provide decisive input for the decision making on the redevelopment plans in 2015-2016.

Objectives
The Climate-KIC flagship Smart Sustainable Districts initially started in the two districts Utrecht The New Centre and London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the mean time districts in Paris and Berlin joined the programme as well. These pilot districts will bring together some of the most advanced innovations from Climate-KIC’s network of over 200 partners.

Cooperation partners
The project in Utrecht is being exectuted by the Municipality of Utrecht, Jaarbeurs, USI, Utrecht University, TNO, Deltares, Imperial College (UK), TU Berlin (DE) and TU Munich (DE).

Funding
European Institute for Technology and Innovation - Climate KIC

Lead time
2014 - now

Contact person USI

For more information about Smart Sustainable Districts please contact Bart van der Ree or visit www.ssd-utrecht.nl.

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