Mapping the route to post-carbon cities of tomorrow


On October 21st, CEPS hosted the final conference of the POCACITO (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) FP7project. As a foresight study for sustainable pathways towards livable, affordable and prospering cities, the objective of the project was to facilitate the transition of European cities to a sustainable or ‘post‐carbon’ economic model. Many decisions today have longer-term implications and can shape the way cities develop. The conference presented the project’s experience in developing long-term strategies with stakeholders through bottom-up visioning and workshops based on ‘backcasting’, which is a planning technique that starts by defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that connect the future to the present. The exercises were carried out over the course of three years in several case study cities that included Barcelona, Lisbon, Litomerice, Milan, Turin, Malmo, Rostock, Zagreb and Istanbul. The project partners presented the lessons learned and the results of their analysis, as well as a high-level ‘roadmap’ for creating liveable post-carbon cities, characterised as economically robust, environmentally resilient, socially inclusive and providing a high quality of life, by 2050.

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