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European projects

The Council is a partner or lead partner on a number of European Union transnational projects that have brought Interreg funding to enhance Aberdeen's environmental development. Find out more about these projects and what they are achieving.

Build with CaRe

Mainstreaming energy efficiency in building design and construction.

The Build with Care project ran from 2008 - 2012. During this time Aberdeen led work on Planning and Policy for the project. Build with Care aimed to engage with national and regional policy makers to develop a transnational strategy for increasing energy efficiency in buildings.

Work included –

  • Funding for the installation of a biomass heating system in Marischal College;
  • Aberdeen Regional Conference on Planning & Policy, June 2010
  • Production of a Policy Paper highlighting the need to refurbish existing building stock in order to meet climate change targets, supported by the North Sea Commission and CPMR

Care North

Carbon Responsible Transport Strategies

Aberdeen City Council and Robert Gordon University were involved in the CARE North Project looking at Carbon Responsible Transport Strategies along with European partners from Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK.

This project aimed to understand the potential effects of a range of sustainable transport options, and in particular, the impact these would have on CO2 emissions. Between 1970 and 2006, global GHG emissions from the transport sector increased by 130%.

Find out more about Care North

Cruise Gateway

Towards Sustainable Growth of Cruise Shipping in the North Sea Region

The Council is a learning partner working with Aberdeenshire Council on this project to increase maritime accessibility by developing the North Sea Region as a cruise destination of its own and promoting it as a "lighthouse" for sustainable cruise.

Main outputs are the creation of a brand for cruise in the NSR, the improvement of service quality in ports and environmentally friendly economic growth.

Aberdeen will focus on on developing a North Sea Route which explores opportunities for golf.

The project which  brings in partners from the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands was be formally launched on 17 February 2011.

Find out more about Cruise Gateway

Hydrogen Transport Economy for the North Sea Region (HyTrEc)

Aberdeen is the lead partner for this European project, which aims to improve access to and advance the adoption of hydrogen as an alternative energy vector across the North Sea Region, thereby enhancing the area's economic competitiveness within the transport and associated energy sectors.

The project's key activities include:

  • Establishing a North Sea Hydrogen Transport Stakeholder Group, and developing strategies and initiatives to create a fully functioning hydrogen corridor;
  • A transnational pilot study to improve the accessibility and connectivity of existing regional hydrogen corridors and supporting the development of hydrogen supply chain infrastructure;
  • Piloting a novel, portable hydrogen refuelling station demonstrator;
  • Developing a North Sea Region education forum to identify skills gaps and develop training solutions;
  • Facilitating access to public and private sector financial instruments which support the development of hydrogen technology;
  • Supporting the development of SME clusters to deliver hydrogen infrastructure solutions

Find out more about HyTrEc.


Innovative Management for Europe's Changing Coastal Resource.

The Council secured EU funding and provided expert knowledge to Aberdeen University on this project promoting a sustainable approach to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Find out more about Imcore

Lively Cities (LICI)

LICI is led by the Belgian based Association du Management de Centre Ville (AMCV) and includes partners from France, Belgium, UK and the Netherlands. The overarching objective of the project is to 'reclaim public space for public use' and we will realise this through developing public art within the Green area of Aberdeen city centre.

Each partner has identified a public space within their city which despite significant aesthetic, structural and commercial improvements in recent years, have unfulfilled potential. The LICI project will explore these spaces, bringing together the partners to evaluate the space and work together to build potential actions to address this under-use or inactivity.

Find out more about LICI Lively Cities


Sharing expertise, the Low Carbon Regions in the North Sea (LOWCAP) cluster project exchanged knowledge and experiences from five carbon reduction and energy efficiency projects in the North Sea Region.

The project brought together key results and identifies the synergies between the partner projects and other related North Sea Region projects. The findings were be shared with stakeholders in the North Sea Region, including decision makers in the public sector and end users from business and communities.

Through a review of EU programmes and the most recent literature, LOWCAP will produce policy advice on carbon reductions and energy efficiency.


Mitigation in Urban Areas - Solutions for Innovative Cities

MUSIC (Mitigation in Urban areas: Solutions for Innovative Cities) is a co-operation project between European cities and research institutes in Northwest Europe. MUSIC aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% in the partner cities Aberdeen, Montreuil, Gent, Ludwigsburg and Rotterdam in 2030.

In MUSIC, all cities will go through a transition process aiming to make CO2 reduction an integral part of urban planning processes. The MUSIC cities will use the transition management method developed by the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) to guide this process. This method includes a series of workshops with several stakeholders (businesses, government, research institutes, citizens) resulting in a local sustainability vision and action plan. In addition, new GIS instruments for energy planning will be developed to be integrated in urban planning.

Find out more about MUSIC

North Sea Sustainable Energy Planning

Developing Models for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

With a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency this project is worked to generate and trial tools for planning and decision-making. As part of the project the Council is developed a strategy for low carbon developments. A mapping exercise identified the energy demand in each area of the city.

The aim was to incorporate this information into the planning system. This will ensure the most appropriate low carbon heating and power systems are recommended at early stages of developments.

Find out more about North Sea Sustainable Energy Planning


Improving the Environment in Suburban Areas

14 Partners from 11 countries, including Aberdeen, participated in this project to improve policies and management solutions that will reduce the pressures on biodiversity.

The project aimed to design models and policies that improve the management of peri-urban natural spaces and their relationship with the city. Project partners addressed park management and sustainability concerns.

Aberdeen's experience in horticulture and park management brought value to this 3 year Interreg IVC project.

Find out more about Periurban Parks 


Motorways of the Seas

Examining efficient, safe and sustainable transport systems which connect coastal areas and enhance regional development in the North Sea Region.

STRATMOS aimed to promote and facilitate the shift of cargo from road to sea. The project worked to improve accessibility in the North Sea Region by supporting the implementation of the Motorways of the Sea concept and related transport networks in integrated logistical chains.

Practical demonstration projects were carried out to demonstrate actions to be taken by public and private actors to improve the effectiveness of inter-modal transport, in particular related to hubs and hinterland connections.

Find out more about Stratmos

Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

Aberdeen led this European project, which recognised the value urban fringes bring to the health, wealth and well-being of communities. Urban fringes, are areas of landscape connecting urban and rural environments.

The project is examined 4 main themes –

  • Economy, competitiveness and enterprise
  • Role and value of green spaces
  • Planning and stakeholder engagement
  • Governance of urban fringes

SURF developed an urban fringe toolkit and a set of policy guidelines. The project analysed the challenges faced by urban fringes and the contribution they can make to the city region development.

As well as having the lead partner role for the SURF project, the Council is ran a local 'demonstration' project; SURF Aberdeen which is looked at the urban fringe surrounding River Don corridor, from 'shire to sea'. The aim of SURF Aberdeen was to develop and promote new methods for assessing and managing open spaces along this area to benefit the local economy, environment and communities.

Find out more about  Sustainable Urban Fringes SURF