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Driving Urban Transitions call 1

Our future relies on tackling complex grand challenges here and now, many of which must be addressed within cities and by urban communities. The DUT partnership aims to address these challenges with an integrated approach to offer decision makers in municipalities, companies and society the means to act and enable the necessary urban transformations.

The DUT Transition Pathways to drive the realisation of the vision and the ambition will be embedded in the doughnut economy model, which aims to ensure that our societal needs are met within the planetary boundaries. In order to support cities along their specific strategies, the Partnership focuses on three critical urban sectors (and their interrelationships):

The Circular Urban Regenerative Economies Transition Pathway (CURE) promotes actions to relieve urbanisation pressure on the global ecosystem and become more resilient and robust towards the effects of climate change. It aims to drive urban transformation and facilitate regenerative urbanism at different spatial scales to support cities and urban areas to increase their circularity, restore natural capital and increase the use of multi-functional greening approaches such as nature-based solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. The mission is to have accomplished by 2030 at least two longer term local innovation platforms in each DUT partner country aimed at the goals specified in the CUE roadmap. In this, CUE will also support community and planetary resilience, including climate action, while improving ecosystem (including economy) robustness, liveability, inclusion, equality, public health and well-being.

The Positive Energy Districts Transition Pathway (PED) aims at supporting innovative solutions for the planning, large-scale implementation and replication of PEDs with the mission to have at least 100 Positive Energy Districts by 2025. These should be synergistically connected to the energy system in Europe by applying an integrative approach including technology, spatial, regulatory, legal, financial, environmental, social and economic perspectives. PEDs raise the quality of life in cities, contribute to achieving the COP21 targets and the European Green Deal objectives and enhance European capacities and knowledge to become a global role model.

The 15-Minute City Transition Pathway (15minC) aims to foster sustainable transitions in urban mobility and city planning through creating accessibility and connectivity. The concept takes up the principle that city dwellers can cover the vast majority of their daily needs within a 15-minute radius from their home – primarly by walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable transport. To achieve this transformation an integrated (planning) approach is required that links (1) the urban mobility system to (2) city planning and design of public space and (3) logistics and production. Until the end of the partnership, a collection of 50+ solutions for the transformation towards climate neutral and liveable and inclusive cities in the field of urban mobility and planning is aimed at.

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