On 31 May and 1 June 2023, the Policy Learning Platform organised 'Rethinking local policies' in Ghent. Throughout the two days, we explored local sustainable development through integrated approaches.
The event had four workshops running in parallel, one of them being Modern green districts.
What was the workshop about?
The workshop focused on the redevelopment of derelict industrial areas into comfortable, sustainable, and low-carbon districts.
These are intended to provide a stronger sense of community, overcome car-centric urban design, enable active mobility, integrate renewable energies, and enable the circular economy.
For this, several sectoral policies had to be combined:
- energy and mobility,
- waste management,
- sustainable housing.
The event included a study visit in the Oude Dokken neighbourhood, under the insightful guidance of our host, Agnieszka Zajac.
On the second day, the workshop explored sectoral solutions at the district level via work in groups. We looked at shared mobility, shared electricity production and consumption, and renewable district heating, with a particular focus on citizen-owned solutions.
Featured good practices
The workshop looked at three inspiring case studies of territorial transformation.
Stockholm Royal Seaport (presenter: Christina Salmhofer) - one of Europe’s largest urban redevelopments, the seaport area has been redeveloped in a collaborative and holistic manner and is 100% fossil fuel free.
It is designed with a ‘five-minute city’ concept, so all key amenities are available with sustainable modes of transport. The district has new low-energy houses, with integrated renewables, and a sophisticated waste management system.