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Energy, environment and sustainable development

The city of tomorrow and cultural heritage

Today almost 80% of Europe's citizens live in cities. Growing cities have tended to focus on economic expansion with too little regard for social wealth and environmental equilibrium.

With the high level of Europe's urbanisation it is imperative to devote more effort to the sustainable development of cities. While urban policy is normally for the Member State and the cities themselves, EU-level initiatives can act more globally as a catalyst in helping the development of new tools and technologies needed in the medium and longer term. The overall goal of this key action is to help European cities and the associated urban regions to achieve sustainable economic development and competitiveness, improved management and integrated planning policy, and to help safeguard and improve the quality of life and cultural identity of citizens. This key action concentrates on issues where research can make a substantial difference to urban sustainability - tools for city planning and management; protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage; built environment; and urban transport.

City management
  • better understanding of urban decision making to support new approaches for sustainable development

best practice for city management, waste strategies, quality of life, job creation

Cultural heritage
  • protecting and enhancing European cultural heritage to benefit citizens and for sustainable tourism

damage assessment, sustainable conservation tools, exploitation and integration in the urban context

Sustainable built environment
  • affordability and sustainability for all stages of construction and reconstruction processes, particularly groups of buildings
  • mitigating risks of natural and man-made disasters

definition, specification and realisation of tools for revitalisation of neighbourhoods, rehabilitation of de-contaminated and other brownfield sites

Sustainable urban transports
  • accessibility and mobility with reduced urban pollution and congestion

tools to integrate land use and transport planning, comparative assessment and demonstration of new transport technologies and infrastructure

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