We assist local authorities in the Baltic Sea Region in initiating, applying and managing projects on different sustainability topics. The themes and actions are tailor-made based on the needs of the project partners from local authorities to assist the ongoing processes towards sustainable development. More information can be found on projects description pages below.

Urban Biodiversity Parks
Urban Biodiversity Parks as co-creative platforms for enhancing biodiversity, learning and community involvement in urban ecological regeneration

Urban Biodiversity Parks is developing and piloting the concept of urban biodiversity parks as a tool for urban ecological restoration and regeneration. The aim is to create a 20-hectare biodiversity park, providing a recreational area – while also serving as a platform for community engagement and experiential learning. This helps citizens, NGOs, private actors, educational institutions and others get involved in developing and testing ways to preserve and actively enhance biodiversity in urban environments.

A Climate Action decision Support Tool to accelerate cities' progress towards climate neutrality

Climate-4-CAST aims to assist local public authorities in their climate neutrality and integration of climate actions into urban governance processes. The project accelerates cities' climate actions and improves policy implementation for climate neutrality by equipping local public administrators with an open source decision support tool that helps visualize individual measures' emmissions impacts and cost-benefit analysis of the measures' performance against city goals.

Enhancing effective Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning for supporting active mobility in BSR cities

SUMPs for BSR aims to support cities in sustainable urban mobility practices, focusing on healthy mobility modes for citizens whilst also reducing emmissions. The project will develop a framework for monitoring and evaluating urban mobility planning. This will provide crucial information for planning and decision making and also evaluate the performance of local mobility systems.

A mindset change from single-use to circular or multiple-use of food delivery systems in cities of the BSR

Change(K)now! is concerned with promoting a mind-set change in food delivery systems from single-use to multiple-use crockery and packaging at different use types. The project is focused on municipalities and municipal entities, food delivery businesses operating within, and, crucially, its residents. These players can drive the circularity of urban food delivery systems by adopting sustainable solutions and changing routines & behaviors.

Eliminating Micro-Pollutants from Effluents for Reuse Strategies

The EMPEREST project supports local authorities, service providers and policy-making community by strengthening the sustainable water management cycle. The holistic approach to the elimination of PFAS and other persistent organic pollutants incorporates regional strategies for monitoring and assessment, technological advances in wastewater treatment, risk management assessment for cities, and training materials for water experts.

Baltic Approaches to Handling Plastic Pollution under a Circular Economy Context

The project's main objective is to identify, test and deploy concrete solutions to handle and reduce the flow of plastic waste to the Baltic Sea, under the lenses of a circular economy. It will do so with the consortium of key actors in the plastic waste value chain, namely local authorities, universities and research institutions, associations and NGOs, as well as SMEs and large enterprises in the participating countries, that operate in the waste management field.

NonHazCity 3
Reducing hazardous substances in construction to safeguard the aquatic environment, protect human health and achieve more sustainable buildings

NonHazCity3 (NHC3) tackles the challenge of hazardous substances in buildings, building sites and building materials. The project will develop 4 solutions and pilot them, elaborate usable protocols to get these chemicals out of our homes and workplaces, and out of the (aquatic) environment, including the Baltic Sea. This project is for municipalities, private entrepreneurs and residents.

Minimization and reduction PFAS input to Baltic Sea

The ZeroPFAS II project is about minimizing the spread of PFAS in the Baltic Sea. It focuses on sharing and spreading information on these toxic substances among stakeholders in the region.

Integrating criteria for chemicals, climate and circularity in procurement processes

ChemClimCircle combines the topics of chemicals, climate and circularity and will help municipalities to further develop their procurement strategy. The aim is to consider all three aspects already in the planning phase and to create an organisational structure that makes it possible to include more than just one sustainability goal in the procurement process.

European City Facility

The European City Facility (EUCF) is an initiative to support local investments in sustainable energy. The objective of the EUCF is to is to facilitate access to private and EU financing along with access to technical, legal and financial expertise. In the long run the aim is to deliver at least 200 investment concepts in cities and municipalities all over Europe.

UBC-CDP Cooperation

The cooperation between UBC and CDP started in the beginning of 2017 with a Memorandum of Understanding signed in the autumn of 2016. Since 2017, the Baltic Sea Region cities have become the forerunners in environmental reporting and in 2020 became the largest participating area in CDP reporting.

Community safety action for supporting climate adaptation and development

CASCADE aimed to improve the capacity to understand, assess, and treat current and future climate change related risks on the local level, focusing on the particular in Baltic Sea Region (BSR) conditions.