• English
  • Deutsch
Facebook icon
LinkedIn icon
Twitter icon
YouTube icon
Header image Ecologic

Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO)

Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO)

In the transition to a post-carbon economy and sustainable societies, cities will be faced with unique challenges. POCACITO focuses on uncovering how to improve the resilience of cities and regions in order to reduce existing and emerging conflicts over resources and their use in light of societal mega‐trends, environmental deterioration and climate change.

The project POst‐CArbon CIties of TOmorrow – foresight for sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable and prospering cities in a world context (POCACITO) will develop an evidence‐based 2050 roadmap for EU post‐carbon cities. The project supports the transition process to a post‐carbon economy occurring in cities and towns, ranging from megacities to metropolitan areas and urban agglomerations larger than 1 million people as well as small and medium‐sized cities.

participatory scenario development and innovative long‐term outlooks

POCACITO's approach uses participatory scenario development as a mutual learning and living lab environment strategy. The project recognises that post‐carbon city transitions should improve urban resilience to fluctuating environmental and socio‐economic pressure. Pressure in this context includes long-term changes in urban resident demographics, city and rural migration patterns, and potential city health concerns. Further, POCACITO develops innovative long‐term outlooks for European post‐carbon cities to address climate adaptation and urban environmental metabolism concerns by using a participatory city case study approach. Case study cities include Barcelona, Copenhagen/Malmö, Istanbul, Lisbon, Litoměřice, Milan/Turin, Offenburg and Zagreb. These cities will develop qualitative post‐carbon visions with local stakeholders. Visions will be chosen based on selected best‐practice measures and preliminary city assessments.

new urban governance approaches

Developing strategies that simultaneously enhance the quality of life, promote economic prosperity and reduce impacts on the environment is a difficult task and requires a holistic approach encompassing foresight of long-term trends that influence urban development and the assessment of socio‐economic consequences resulting from the various pathways toward a post‐carbon city. The development of innovative and pragmatic urban governance approaches will therefore be an essential element of the process.

post‐carbon city index

Accompanying studies will yield a typology of post‐carbon cities and a post‐carbon city index. A "marketplace of ideas" will spread best practices from other EU cities and global cities in global emerging nations, allowing an international exchange of urban best practices. Related research will produce case study city roadmaps and an evidence‐based 2050 roadmap for post‐carbon EU cities within a global context.

The project’s research supports the sustainable development objective of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Innovation Union flagship initiative. POCACITO runs from January 2014 to December 2016. The European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation is co‐funding the activity through its 7th Framework Programme (FP7), under the Theme Social Sciences and Humanities.

European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG Research & Innovation)
January 2014 to December 2016
Project ID
Cities, post-carbon, urban development, economy, local governance, city planning, Europe, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Turkey, Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Malmö, Istanbul, Lisbon, Litoměřice, Milan, Turin, Offenburg, Zagreb