Industrial and Business Parks – climate resilient & fit for future

Industrial and business parks (IBPs) are highly sealed and especially vulnerable to overheating. Taking up a decisive part of the North-West Europe (NWE) settlement area, they play a crucial role in increasing urban heat islands in the NWE region. Based on this observation, IB-Green aims to reduce heat stress in existing industrial and business parks by developing green and blue infrastructure. Making existing IBPs more climate resilient will reduce heat stress and improve air quality in urban areas, leading to healthier living and working conditions and therefore reducing negative climate effects for enterprises and on city level.

11 project partners from 6 NWE countries representing local authorities, business parks operators and managers, networks, sector organisations and science institutions in the field of climate adaptation are joining forces to work on this challenge. Special focus lies on older industrial and business parks from the last century which are becoming less attractive. Here, the need for change is high but complex. An opportunity is open for modernising while diminishing the pressure of new land take. Adaptation measures will be implemented to tackle three main strategic axes:

  • Increase green-blue infrastructure in public spaces of industrial and business parks while developing better public-private collaboration;
  • Trigger private business owners to implement climate adaptation measures;
  • Activate local authorities to implement more green-blue infrastructure in their industrial and business parks.

Action plans for public authorities will help them embedding green-blue infrastructure in existing industrial and business parks. Moreover, showcases and best-practice will be at hand for business park operators and enterprises. Training courses will be offered for all stakeholders.

Climate Alliance is coordinating the IB-Green project and is working with 10 project partners from Belgium (Green Energy Park), Germany (Municipality of Singen (Hohentwiel), Bonn Science Shop, Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology), France (Lille European Metropolis), Ireland (Sandyford Business District, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council), the Netherlands (Municipality of Arnhem, Municipality of Leeuwarden) and Luxemburg (Ministry for Energy and Spatial Planning).

Project funding period: March 2023 – February 2027
via the Interreg North West Europe programme, the total budget is €8,900,000 of which €5,400,000 are ERDF funds.

Want to learn more? Contact Hélène Rizzotti at h.rizzotti(at)climatealliance.org