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Groningen can be considered THE biking city of THE biking country. For the past sixty years, the local government in Groningen has been actively prioritising cyclists and pedestrians in city traffic. Due to the consistent public policies that seek to foster sustainable modes of transport, cycling constitutes around 60% of all traffic within the city.
Stockholm has announced its goal to become fossil fuel-free by 2050. The pilot project "Sustainable Järva" was initiated to reach relevant targets in the deprived neighbourhood of Järva, by strongly focusing on the social dimension of sustainability along with the environmental goals linked to the 2050 vision. Järva could be seen as a model of sustainability, promoting environmental responsibility and energy efficiency while still preserving the area's unique environmental and historical values.
The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has worked on the redistribution of urban space into so-called Superblocks, what are small urban areas for social use, maximising public space and disincentivising car traffic. The Superblock model has been defined in the city's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in 2008, which was elaborated by the City Council and agreed upon following a deliberative process that involved civil society and saw the support of all local political parties. To date, three Superblocks have been completed and actions have been implemented in 20 of the 77 Superblocks planned for in the SUMP.
Aberdeen has an ambition to diversify its energy sector and transition to a ‘Global Energy City'. Aberdeen City Council aims to ameliorate fuel poverty in the city through an integrated programme involving the development of retrofit district heat networks as well as offering households individualised support and access to energy efficiency improvements (e.g. external wall insulation). The heat network programme brings together key regional players from public, private and other sectors.