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STEP UP Final Newsletter

Our final STEP UP Newsletter has just gone out to our subscribers.  The newsletter has information updating you on each city's progress, SEAP and recent events and achievements. Click here to view our newsletter.

Celsius Smart Cities Workshop- 16th September 2015

This interactive workshop will bring together excellence from several advanced European Smart Cities projects that will put forward their expertise and their project results on integrated planning, energy efficiency and district energy solutions, among others.

MSc Global Sustainable Cities Brochure

The Institute for Future Cities (IFC) has published a new brochure for the MSc Global Sustainable Cities.

Commonwealth Games 2014 Athletes' Village

The Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village is the first large scale carbon neutral project in Scotland and has two  key objectives:

• Regeneration of Glasgow’s East End with a new approach to sustainable housing

• Reduction of fuel poverty and creation of affordable heat in one of the poorest parts of the city

  • The Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village comprises 700 new homes joined to a local district heating system, housed in a purpose built new Energy Centre.
  • The village will, post-Games, become an eco-friendly community with both private and social housing residents in a family and pedestrian-friendly environment.
  • The Village will have state-of-the-art ICT providing a model for other developments to follow.

Key Winning Elements of the project:

  • Political leadership with a long term approach - The project is a central element of Glasgow’s political commitment to a 30% carbon reduction target by 2020 from 2006 levels, as set out in the Sustainable Glasgow report (the city’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, or SEAP) in 2010.
  • Collaboration and dialogue with all stakeholders - This project features strong integration between the private and public sectors. By working together, the stakeholders have transformed a brownfield, derelict site into an attractive urban environment.
  • Contribution to multiple policy objectives -the Athletes Village aims to contribute to objectives such as: Carbon emissions reduction, transformation of brownfield sites, generation of employment, tackling fuel poverty and supporting affordable warmth and improving social housing
  • Business models to attract investment - model used is a partnership between public and private sectors, split into pre-Games, during the Games and post-Games structures. Overall, the financing of the project is split on an 80/20 basis between the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

To read a full report on Athletes' Village and why it is a good example of a Lighthouse initiative click here.

More information on the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village is available here.  

Energy Centre - Athletes' Village



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