EU-Projekt Transformer Luftbild Ruhrgebiet Bochum (EN)
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Four European regions will become Super-Labs in a project designed to test concepts for a climate-neutral future. The EU is providing funding of approximately 2.3 million euros for this purpose.

The key question of the project is how European regions can become climate-neutral. The project partners intend to develop and test new transformation concepts at intersections of socio-technical regimes such as transportation, energy production and agriculture. “TRANSFORMER – Designing long-term systemic transformation frameworks for regions – Accellerating the shift to climate neutrality” is coordinated by Professor Matthias Kiese. It is funded with 2.3 million euros until August 2024.

The project team will work on different priorities in the following four regions: in the Ruhr Metropolis, the focus will be on hydrogen technology for industry and transport; in Emilia-Romagna in Italy, the focus will be on harmonising mobility and energy; in Lower Silesia in Poland, the focus will be on developing rail infrastructure and hydrogen buses; in Western Macedonia in Greece, the focus will be on e-mobility, circular economy and CO2 storage. The goal of the international project team is to develop roadmaps towards climate neutrality, which also serve as templates for other regions. The roadmaps will include milestones for implementation, financing and funding schemes.

Cooperation Partners

  • Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung
  • Business Metropole Ruhr
  • Emilia Romagna Region
  • Institute for Transport and Logistics Foundation (Fondazione ITL)
  • FIT Consulting
  • Dolnoslaski Fundusz Rozwoju
  • Warsaw University
  • Foundation “Dumni z Lubina”
  • Regional Development Agency of West Madedonia (ANKO)
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
  • Twenty Communications
  • European Network of Living Labs

Good to Know

The project is funded within the framework of Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

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