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Sustainability is MUSIC to the councilís ears

14/11/12

Progress made on a project aimed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in Aberdeen by 50% is to be discussed in Europe later this month.

Partners in the EU-funded MUSIC (Mitigation in Urban Areas: Solutions for Innovative Cities) project will meet at a transition event in Ghent on November 21, to discuss their progress to date.

Delegates from Aberdeen, Ghent, Ludwigsburg, Montreuil, and Rotterdam are working together to look at ways of making their cities more sustainable, working alongside business and communities.

MUSIC aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% in each of the partner cities by 2030. It is part of the EU-funded Interreg IVB project and will see each of the five cities develop an energy transition vision, strategy and action plan.

The Aberdeen MUSIC project will be offering city residents and local businesses the chance to help shape the future of the city at an event to take place next year when it hosts a Transition Arena, where the steps needed to realise a vision of sustainability in Aberdeen will be discussed.

In MUSIC, all cities will go through a transition process aimed at making CO2 reduction an integral part of urban planning processes. The local action plans and energy planning tools will be tested in pilot projects.

Transition Management is a methodology, developed by DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions), in which an urban sustainability vision is developed through a series of workshops with the main stakeholders in the city.

For further information about MUSIC or to become involved please email Wendy Devall at wdevall@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call her on 01224 523378. More information about the MUSIC project is available online at www.themusicproject.eu