On their way to improve the environmental performance management of EU urban spaces, the EURE partners are identifying good practices implemented by public authorities across Europe. Have you read the latest ones? Here is a short overview. Click on the title to access more details and understand the reasons behind the success of each practice. Maybe some will sound familiar to you: they have been presented during the EURE meetings!

  • HOPE PROJECT: Home of People and Equality in Empoli, Tuscany: HOPE is an Urban Innovation Project financed by Regione Toscana and Italian Government with the ERDF Fundings 2014-2020. It aims to redevelop Empoli’s old town centre, with the objective of promoting new urban centres within which to converge a plurality of complementary functions devoted to different areas, to be adopted as opportunities for developing the territory.
  • HUB-IN project: this project aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Historic Urban Areas (HUA) in Cyprus while preserving the unique identity of the historic sites regarding their natural, cultural and social values. In the first stage, a network of Hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship will be developed in the HUAs of eight city partners and in the second stage, the resulting methods and tools will be upscaled to a global network of HUAs of follower cities.
  • Increasing the energy efficiency of educational buildings in Alba Iulia - Sports High School: Alba Iulia managed to decrease from 214.50 to 92.82 tonnes the amount of greenhouse gases produced by its Sports High School, achieving a minimum level of at least 23.53% of the total primary energy consumption from renewable energy sources. For that it installed alternative systems for the production of electricity and thermal energy for own consumption, rehabilitated the lighting system and other measures related to the heating system and hot water consumption.
  • Integrated Waste Management System Alba Iulia: the Alba Iulia County council made several investments to improve its waste management infrastructures. It built an ecological landfill in accordance with European requirements, two transfer stations, and sorting and mechano-biological treatment facilities. It also closed and rehabilitated existing storage sites that do not comply with European requirements.
  • Lobzy park in Pilsen – Ecohydrologic and climatic benefits: to mitigate flood flows and strengthen the protection of the natural and river landscape, a historic park created in 1935 from a defunct sandstone quarry underwent a sensitive revitalization. The result is a balanced landscape element, which contributes to improving the aesthetic function of area.
  • National Forest Park of Athalassa: located about 5km southeast of Nicosia, this 840ha forest is the largest of Cyprus. Through different works, the Athalassa Park has become a European reference for how a natural area can combine green infrastructure and urban development. 
  • Pedieos Linear Park: constructed between 1999 and 2014, this park covers 14km along the bed of the Pedios River. Plans have been prepared to extend the park by 14.2 km, through the suburban and rural surroundings of Nicosia.
  • Ecological efficiency of urban neighbourhoods: Brest is the second largest city in Brittany with a population of 400,000. Its innovative Capucins eco-district, is built around sustainable urban practices. It is designed as a sustainable neighbourhood with public spaces mainly allocated for pedestrians and limiting the space for motor vehicles.

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