Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
Smart City District Utrecht
A short description of the NBS project
The Utrecht Smart Sustainable District is a European innovation project that aims at making the city centre of Utrecht more sustainable and healthier. Utrecht is selected as a pilot by the European Climate KIC programme Smart Sustainable Districts. The Programme also supports the project. Climate KIC consists of an association and a private company funded by the European Commission (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) that seeks to drive climate innovation through partnerships. Utrecht is taking a number of measures to stimulate sustainable behaviour: reduce car use, promote use of public transport and bicycles, energy neural constructions, efficient water management (water storage and re-use), sustainable heating and cooling systems, greening, more space for pedestrians, sustainable energy production, storage and consumption, green roofs and urban agriculture. These measures are necessary to deal with urban challenges such as air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The municipality of Utrecht works together with international and national research institutes, citizens, local companies, Climate KIC and foundation the Jaarbeurs to realise the plans. An important aspect of the process is co-development and interaction with stakeholders from the neighbourhoods that are involved in this project by means of ‘round table sessions’ in which they can discuss plans. . Other partners are the national transport companies and the ministry for infrastructure and the environment.
NBS Implementation context
Netherlands, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Project delivered (2015-2016)
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
High (dense city center)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?