IMAGINE MK 2050 Project

An energy reduction project to produce a roadmap for a low carbon future in Milton Keynes

IMAGINE MK 2050 - Imagine the energy future in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes was one of eight European cities that successfully bid for European funding to encourage energy reduction projects across Europe. Milton Keynes joined nine European Partners of which seven were pilot cities: Munich (DE), Lille (FR), Odense (DK), Figueres (ES), Modena (IT), Bistrita (RO) and Dobrich (BG) who all receive practical support from Hamburg University with evaluation and writing up of findings.  The work and ideas are shared with the other cities involved so everyone can benefit. The IMAGINE initiative is a platform for foresight, collaboration and exchange leading to action and change. The project has been funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the INTERREG IVC Programme.  For more information about IMAGINE visit the project web site: Imagine and or view the Imagine leaflet (PDF, 1.4MB)

The Imagine project ran for three years from 2012 to 2015. Milton Keynes Council hosted the first Imagine forum for businesses, residents, young people and other organisations to help shape a local 2050 vision for low energy living. The event was attended by 35 citizens who were invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas on a range of low carbon living issues. Click on the following pdf link for a photoreport of the event Imagine workshop (PDF, 2.9MB)

February 2014

The themes suggested by the citizens in the first event were continued in the second forum in May 2013.  The outcomes of the second workshop are summarised in a second photoreport (PDF, 3.4MB)

The comments from the two workshops were combined with data from other Milton Keynes low carbon initiatives. This amalgamated information was used to produce a draft roadmap for a low carbon Milton Keynes.

 August 2014

The third project event was held on June 26th 2014 at the Open University to coincide with the European Sustainable Energy Week. The outcomes of the third workshop are summarised in the Photo Report 3. (PDF, 3.3MB)

A further workshop was held on July 9th a at the MySayMK Conference in Oldbrook. The school children at this event suggested many interesting comments and ideas. Some of these contributions were used in the MK 2050 Roadmap update.

Over the summer of 2014 the Draft Roadmap was released for consultation and a web survey was launched to gather feedback and comments on the document.  The web survey was open for comments on the Draft Roadmap until August 31st 2014. 

September 2014

The feedback from the web survey closed at the end of August. Feedback was recorded and integrated into the draft document. The document was finalised and submitted to the Imagine 2050 project coordinator in Europe in October 2014. 

October 2014

On October 21st 2014, the Imagine MK 2050 roadmap was approved by Milton Keynes Council and adopted as an update to the existing Low Carbon Living Strategy 2010.

November 2014

The final Imagine steering group meeting and conference were held at the end of October. The events were held in conjunction with the Future of Cities Forum. Councillor Peter Marland, leader of the Council joined the Milton Keynes delegation and spoke on the platform on 'Building political will and leadership for regenerative urban development'. The Imagine project was hailed as a success and all partners agreed to working together again if the opportunity arises. More information on the Conference can be found on the website .


The IMAGINE project was chosen as a finalist for the RegioStars Awards 2015 and the European Commission paid for a member of the MKC Sustainability Team to attend the award ceremony in Brussels. Although Imagine did not win the category, the funding provider Interreg were pleased to have been in the finalists. More details on the award can be found at the  Interreg Europe website

The Roadmap is available for you to view here Imagine 2050 Strategy Final (PDF, 1.1MB) .

The Sustainability Team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Project. The citizen contribution of valuable suggestions and comments have helped to build the Strategy.

Last Updated: 20 July 2020