Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)

Bottom-up approaches to energy retrofits of residential areas

Energy retrofits of existing residential areas make an important contribution to achieving EU goals on CO2 emissions. The Climate Active Neighbourhoods project (CAN) focuses on underprivileged neighbourhoods that are in need of renovation in municipalities and regions of varying size throughout northwest Europe. To build relevant capacity in these participating local authorities, neighbourhood approaches and synergies based on new governance models will be introduced. A bottom-up approach will also encourage residents to find appropriate financing for the planned energy efficiency measures. In the end, a mix of exemplary refurbishments, resident investment schemes and behavioural change will contribute to a tailored set of solutions.

With some 350 member municipalities located in the project focus area of Northwest Europe, Climate Alliance is acting as lead partner for this EU-funded project. We will be supported during CAN's three and a half year duration by partners from Belgium (Ville de Liège, Liège Energie), France (Brest Métropole, Brest Energence, Ville Mantes-la-Jolie, EPAM Seine-Aval), Germany (City of Essen, City of Worms, Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz), Great Britain (Hastings Borough Council, Plymouth City Council, Optivo, Energise Sussex) and the Netherlands (City of Arnhem).

Project funding period:
February 2016 – April 2020
CAN is supported by the INTERREG North-West Europe Programm. The total project budget amounts to €7,834,001; €4,700,400 of that sum is being financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Want to learn more? Contact Jenny-Claire Keilmann at j-c.keilmann(at)

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