INTENSIFY Project

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 www.interregeurope.eu/intensify/

Intensify is funded by the Interreg IVC EU programme.

For more information contact the Sustainability team by email to carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Last Updated: 12 March 2019