Local authorities cannot afford to tackle climate change alone
In the context of sustainable “Smart Cities”, many local authorities need to innovate in order to better integrate the functions of their city – low-carbon transport, the built environment, and information and communications technology (ICT) systems. It would be prohibitively expensive for individual cities to pilot each development, so they must learn from one another. However, there are no mechanisms in place to allow the sharing of best practice in these and other areas.
Addressing the Challenge
Learning to share best practices
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) researchers are working with local authorities to develop methods and processes in leadership and management. These models of inter-city learning encourage the sharing of best practice, and the methodology is being tested in five EU cities.
A European Enterprise
Professor Marjan Sarshar and Dr Muhammad Mazhar are supporting this work at NTU. In particular Professor Sarshar is developing organisational models for communities engagement and for cities to learn best practice from each other. She leads the cross university low carbon research group and is actively engaged with Nottingham City Council to transform the city into a smarter future.
This is funded through the EU’s REMOURBAN Smart Cities research project, a partnership between the municipalities of Nottingham (UK), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebaşı (Turkey). Five more cities are piloting the best-practice sharing models to learn from the experience of the first three: Seraing (Belgium), Miskolc (Hungary), Oxford (UK), Kadıköy (Turkey), and Segovia (Spain).
Making a Difference
Leading by examples - reducing carbon emissions
In the UK, NTU is leading the development of the methodologies while Oxford pilots the methods. Representatives visited Nottingham in 2017, led by the councillor who is their head of sustainability.
They came to learn from Nottingham on how to invest in and scale-up the low-carbon retrofitting of housing stock. Houses are responsible for 20 to 25% of a city’s carbon emissions, and the aim is to reduce that by 80% before 2050.
Thanks to its ongoing innovations, Nottingham is expected to meet that target much earlier.