Previous Projects


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

The project brought together key results and identified the synergies between the partner projects and other related North Sea Region projects. The findings were 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 produced policy advice on carbon reductions and energy efficiency.

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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%.

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Lively Cities Project

LICI was led by the Belgian based Association du Management de Centre Ville (AMCV) and included partners from France, Belgium, UK and the Netherlands.

The objective of the project was to 'reclaim public space for public use' and realise this through developing public art within the Green area of Aberdeen city centre.

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

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HyTrEc Project

Aberdeen was the lead partner for this European project, which aimed 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 included:

  • 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

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North Sea Sustainable Energy Planning Project

Developing Models for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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

The aim of the project 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.

Mitigation in Urban Areas - Solutions for Innovative Cities Project

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

In MUSIC, all cities went 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.

Complex Challenges Innovative Cities (CCIC) Project

This Interreg IVC project underworked in partnership with the two Aberdeen Universities in order to promote innovation. Aberdeen City Council have an active public open data programme which requires a better approach to understand uses that business and community could make of data sets that ACC hold, this project aimed to address this issue.

Aberdeen City Council also engaged with the ICT sector, life-sciences, energy sector, telecommunication network operators and the wider SME community.

This project linked to the following Council priorities as set out in the Five Year Business Plan:

  • Ensure a sustainable economic future for the city
  • Ensure efficient and effective delivery of services by the council and with its partners
  • Encourage the growth of local businesses through support of existing business sectors and development of new sectors
  • Working with partner organisations

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Build with Care Project

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 and 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.

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