INTENSIFY Project PG105292

Carbon Reduction through Citizen Action

The Intensify project will reduce carbon emissions from all sectors by providing communities with the tools and methods required to make significant changes.

This project addresses a key challenge for European cities and regions: how to empower citizens and communities to achieve more carbon reduction.

The EU regions and municipalities are committed by international treaty to achieve ambitious carbon reduction targets. Public authorities cannot do this alone for four main reasons:

  • Local Authorities directly control only a small percentage of emissions
  • The EU targets are ambitious and require citizens to choose to make significant behaviour change.
  • Policies are created by politicians incorporating the will of the people. The pressure to make changes is citizen led.
  • Coordinated action can provide opportunities for innovative financing and building consensus can create major changes.

Citizens and communities will be supported by their public authorities making improvements to regional policies. Policies reform will determine what the city communities would like to see and what they need to make carbon reduction actions that make a difference.

With public authorities and communities working together to build consensus on carbon reduction goals, the necessary benefits to the environment can be achieved.

The 2019 – 2050 Sustainability Strategy (PDF, 577KB) contains the key actions required to meet zero carbon emissions in Milton Keynes.

The Intensify project started in April 2018 and will run until 2023. More information can be found at

Intensify is funded by the Interreg IVC EU programme. Total combined Interreg IVC EU funding for all partners is 2.1 million Euros of which Milton Keynes is eligible to receive 212 thousand Euros.

Latest News

The first newsletter provides an overview of the project and introduces the Project Partnership Group. Download newsletter #1. (PDF, 2.8MB)

The second newsletter provides an overview of the project partner meetings in 2019 and links to the presentations shown at these events. Download newsletter #2  (PDF, 689KB)

The third newsletter and a fourth press release were produced in April 2020. You can download newsletter #3 here (PDF, 1.9MB) and press release #4 here. (PDF, 292KB)

The fourth newsletter was released in August 2020. This has an article about the great projects of Transition Town MK. You can view the newsletter here. (PDF, 1.1MB)

Meetings are taking place in Milton Keynes to discuss the project and the Sustainability Strategy approved in January 2019.

Work from the INTENSIFY project was presented at the 2020 Sustainability Conference in early March. Read a report on the Conference here (PDF, 1.1MB).

Press release #5 was released in November 2020. You can view the press release here. (PDF, 92KB)  

Press release #6 from March 2021 can be found here. (PDF, 112KB)

Newsletter #5 was circulated in April 2021, it can be viewed here (PDF, 1.7MB).

For more information contact the Sustainability team by email to


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Last Updated: 7 April 2021