The Practice Cube offers a look into the experiences made over seven years by the partners of the Interreg NWE funded project "Climate Active Neighbourhoods". The multi-national partnership from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK have closely collaborated on methods and solutions for realising a low carbon future, increased energy efficiency, and a socially just energy transition on the neighbourhood level. Deprived residential areas in need of energy retrofits were the main target during the initial phase of the project. In a following two-year extension, the partnership chose to focus on the renovation and implementation of energy efficiency measures in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
The Practice Cube 2023 is the updated collection of best practices and is targeted towards local authorities who are looking for successful climate action solutions. The best practices are divided into four categories:
- "New Ways of Cooperation" showcases the importance of rethinking the municipalities’ role towards facilitation and bottom-up cooperation on the local level in direct contact with the residents & neighbourhood initiatives.
- "Engaging Residents for Change" displays methods of engagement and of fostering intrinsic motivation by positive communication.
- "Support & Financial Tools" focusses on offering residents and neighbourhood initiatives the support they need, starting from personalised advice services up to the creation of new financial tools on the neighbourhood level.
- "Engaging SMEs for Change" presents a range of (digital) tools and incentives to reach and engage SMEs on the local level.
Have a look and get inspired!