Climate Active Neighbourhoods

The Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN) project aims to reduce carbon emissions from domestic properties in deprived neighbourhoods across North West Europe. It is supported by  European Regional Development Funding provided through the Interreg Europe Programme.

The Problem

Domestic properties within Europe account for 25% of all carbon emissions across the region. Increasing the rate at which energy efficiency improvements are adopted by householders is a major challenge, particularly when trying to meet the European Union targets for 2030 to reduce carbon emissions.  Although there are clear environmental,  financial, and health benefits associated with making energy efficiency improvements,  many householders are not sufficiently driven to take action.

Project objective

CAN aims to increase the capacity of partner cities to implement their low-carbon strategies more effectively using a “neighbourhood approach”.  Bottom up and grass roots engagement strategies, allied with innovative financing schemes will stimulate the process. Priority is given to deprived city areas with highest need for improvement. CAN will aim to reduce CO2 emissions by > 28,000t annually.

Project activities

Each of the partners will play a role in one or more of three key activities:

  1. Developing new and optimised organisational (governance) models for boosting neighbourhood bottom-up action on GHG emission reduction.
  2. Creating optimised and viable financing schemes and activation tools to empower bottom-up initiatives to realise improved energy standards and to deliver GHG emission reduction.
  3. Deliver improved energy standards and GHG emission reduction in deprived neighbourhoods as shared task between neighbourhoods and local authorities.

Project partners

The partnership is led by the Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples, and also includes: