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CLUE - Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe


Published Sep 11, 2012

The project Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe tackles the challenges modern sustainable cities are facing. A climate neutral urban district uses innovative new technology and building techniques to reduce its carbon footprint.

Cities in Europe are facing many challenges in delivering sustainable solutions for a future with nine billion people globally. This includes the need to decrease the climate impact of cities. For example, Stockholm aims at being a 100% fossil fuel free city by 2050 and similar goals can be found across Europe. New urban districts, like the Stockholm Royal Seaport, Vienna’s Aspern+ and the 22@ District in Barcelona, are being planned to be in the technological forefront and a showcase for sustainable urban development with emphasis on climate mitigation and climate neutral development.

The objective of the CLUE project is to increase the local and regional capacity in policy development which aim to facilitate the implementation and assessment of new solutions and technologies for a low carbon economy in urban areas. The consortium brings together local and regional authorities as well as universities from 9 European countries, which are developing climate neutral urban districts.

CLUE explores best practices in planning and implementation of systems, solutions and technologies for climate neutral urban districts as well as methods for measuring, monitoring, reporting, verifying and assessing climate mitigating efforts. The project activities result in best practice guides and policy recommendations on the integration of climate aspects in the urban development process. In addition, CLUE partners develop guidelines for measuring, reporting, verifying and assessing climate neutral technology as well as implementation plans for all participating regions.

Contact: Ass.Prof Nils Brandt

Lead partner

City of Stockholm - City Planning Administration


01/2012 – 12/2014

Total budget


ERDF contribution



  • City of Stockholm - City Planning Administration (SE)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
  • Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (DE)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (SE)
  • Municipality of Rome (IT)
  • Barcelona Regional (ES)
  • City of Turin (IT)
  • Delft University of Technology (NL)
  • Vienna City Administration, Department of Urban Development and Planning (AT)
  • Municipality of Paggaio (EL)
  • Marshal office of the Malopolska Region (PL)
Sustainable Fish Supply in the Stockholm region
Äspö Site Descriptive Model: Hydrogeochemical modelling
Äspö model for radionuclide sorption
The BaltSeaPlan (BSP)
KTH-China Joint Research Center for Industrial Ecology
Submariner-Sustainable Uses of Baltic Marine Resources
Sustainable use of Baltic Sea natural resources based on ecological engineering
Smart Grid - Information management system in Royal Sea Port
Potential and cost-effectiveness of climate mitigation measures
Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Industrial Ecology
Sustainable Järva
CREDO- Creation of third cycle studies
Sustainable urban development - Royal Sea Port – City of Stockholm
QUESTE-SI Quality System of Science and Technology Universities for Sustainable Industry
IEMAST establishing master level studies
CLUE - Climate Neutral Urban Districts in Europe
ENEF- Central Baltic Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Feasibility in Urban Planning
Finalized projects at Department of Industrial Ecology
Barriers for implementation of the Environmental Load Profile and other LCA based methods
The removal of Cyanobacteria blooms in the Baltic Sea
TBS Cooperation Environment- Innovation
Energy Scenarios Sweden-Ukraine
Geochemical retention in surface systems
Hammarby Sjöstad – evaluation of the environmental profile of an new urban district in Stockholm
Retention of redox sensitive metals/metalloids at reducing mineral surfaces
EU Leonardo-Univeristy in the Field
European Observatory for Long-Term Governance on Radioactive Waste Management
Strengthening of Capacity in Environmental Education
SIDA OSH & Development
Textbook in Occupational Safety and Health & Development