Recent years have seen the strong rise of urgent concern regarding the future of our environment. This has spurred a wave of concerned actors, including companies, cities, and research institutes, to make low-carbon related research and development projects a key priority. In response, several groups have risen up in an attempt to unite these disparate groups of actors in interconnected research networks which would enable them to benefit from each other’s efforts.

The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities is set apart from other similar organizations by its non-profit status, its global reach, its unique ‘semi-open’ approach to collaboration, as well as the level of freedom and influence it offers members.

By bringing together leading experts from a variety of industries, localities, and backgrounds, all sharing a strong interest in driving the development of low-carbon cities, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities plays an important role in helping to realize the full potential of this vast international network of cities, companies and research institutes.

Through its advanced ‘semi-open’ method of orchestrating collaboration, the Alliance offers its members a safe environment in which to conduct collaborative research and development projects. All research is conducted under strict conditions which free members from concerns regarding abuse or neglect of intellectual property rights as well as the risk of sensitive research results or data spreading outside of the Alliance. In turn, members of the Alliance are also afforded priority access to the results of research and development projects conducted by other members.

In the interest of creating a safe environment for collaboration, the Alliance also allows its members to influence its future by consulting them regarding the admission of successive members as well as in setting research agendas. The Alliance aims to form a robust, well-connected, global network of key actors and to provide them with a strong platform and resources for collaborative research in which they are free to influence the direction of their agenda and the extent of their participation according to their own interests.

Alliance members also gain free admission to the bi-annual Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

Programs

Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.