Adaption to climate change in business parks with particular regard to regional value creation and future viability.
Many business parks fail to meet the infrastructural demands both by changing climate conditions and economic structural transformation, which makes them less attractive for the established companies. The high degree of sealed surfaces due to manoeuvring spaces, parking lots, storage areas and extensive rooftops, facilitates the formation of heat islands resulting in a growing risk of overheating. In parallel, the danger of flooding increases, especially during heavy rainfall, which is accompanied by a potential pollution of soil and groundwater by leaching of harmful substances.
In close cooperation with local companies, the project CLIMATE.PROFIT develops and implements adaption measures to structural and climate change for business parks. The aim of the measures is
- to minimise harmful events,
- to attain a significant enhancement of the commercially used areas and
- to improve their attractiveness, residential quality and consequently the overall working conditions.
Under consideration of cost-benefit aspects, CLIMATE.PROFIT targets to make investments into climate change adaption measures achievable and economically viable to companies. In collaboration with the local companies, administrations and economic development bodies, CLIMATE.PROFIT will initiate a participative, coordinated and feasible action plan for selected business parks. Building on the completed operation Plan4Change in Bochum and under consideration of further pilot projects, it was possible to win the cities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg as municipal partners, each providing a pilot business park.
Together with the German Institute for Urban Studies (Difu), EPC coordinates CLIMATE.PROFIT as state-of-the-art project. The transfer of its findings into other municipalities and their business parks is an integrated part of the project plan. Due to its status as flagship project, CLIMATE.PROFIT receives partial funding by the German Adaptation Strategy (DAS).
For further Information see: www.klima-profit.de
January 2018 – December 2021
The Project consortium
- EPC – Project Corporation Clima. Sustainability. Communications. mbH (non-profit)
- German Institute of Urban Affairs (DifU)
Support programme of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety: Adaptation to the consequences of the changing climate
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