Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

A project of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

In partnership with INC and C40

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) Innovation Fund invests in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement and amplify deep urban de-carbonization strategies and practices.

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CNCA Innovation Fund Awards Its Second Round of Funding

The CNCA Innovation Fund Selection Committee selected eight projects totaling $879,240 USD:

  • Capitalizing Carbon to Accelerate EV Charging Investments – Lead City: Portland
  • Thermal Break Shear Wall – Lead City: Portland
  • Bringing Renewable Thermal Solutions to Scale in New England – Lead City: Boston
  • How to Scale Corporate Renewable Electricity PPAs in Australia – Lead City: Melbourne
  • Food and Energy in a Circular Economy – Lead City: Stockholm
  • London Energiesprong Trial Project – Lead City: London
  • RealIZE: Bringing the clean industrial revolution to existing residential buildings – Lead City: San Francisco
  • Scandinavian Green Public Procurement Alliance – Lead City: Copenhagen

Congratulations to each of the awardees!  More information about each of the Round 2 projects can be found here.  Information on Round 1 projects can be found here.

CNCA Innovation Products

Accelerating the Transition to 4th Generation District Heating SystemsThis project examines two fundamental aspects of the transition to 4th Generation District Heating Networks designed to enable a more cost effective transition away from fossil fuels to a future heat supply that is from local renewable, environmental and waste heat sources. Products include: 1) Connecting Existing Buildings to DHNs Summary Report; and 2) Connecting Existing Buildings to DHNs technical report(CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Accelerating Net-Zero High-Rise Residential Buildings:  A report to examine the technical and economic feasibility of moving towards net-zero high-rise residential buildings in Australia and identifies pathways to accelerate their commercialization. It is designed to inspire Federal and State Government policy makers and the development industry to move rapidly toward buildings that go well beyond current requirements of BASIX (NSW) and the National Construction Code. Accompanying documents include an article describing the importance of the work, and a presentation providing an overview of the work. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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A Blueprint for Development Approval of Hydrogen Re-fuelling Stations: The Blueprint, presented in the main body of this report, is organized as a standalone documen describing (1) the key activities involved in the process of developing hydrogen refuelling stations, (2) the roles ;and responsibilities of key stakeholders involved, and (3) a detailed stage-gate process describing all the key activities to be undertaken at each stage of the licensing and permitting process – from pre-application to issue of a final occupancy permit and operational licence, and opening of the facility for public use – with detailed activity checklists for both HRS Developers, and Planning Authorities. Technical Appendices are provided to complement the Blueprint and provide project developers with a comprehensive knowledge base on technologies, standards and regulations, which includes case studies of hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe, Japan and the United States. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Carbon Neutral Buildings - Accelerating Market Transformation to High Performing Building Envelopes in North American Cities:  A project that leveraged demonstrated European success in significantly reducing energy use through improved building envelope performance and collaboration between cities in order to accelerate the market transformation towards carbon neutral buildings in North America. Deliverables include: 1) A high performance buildings barriers and best practice report with supporting documents; 2) Zero Emissions Building Targets Report and Council presentation; and 3) North American Passive House Network meeting agenda, presentation, and outcomes report. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Deep Carbon Reductions in the Transport Sector - Impacts on Affordability and Displacement: A project that addressed issues of displacement and gentrification through research and policy development, using Portland, OR as a test case. Deliverables include: 1) A summary of household research in the Powell-Division Corridor; 2) Transit-oriented development and gentrification literature review; 3) Rental Properties Typology Report; 4) a memo on population change; and 5) an emissions summary. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Energy Systems Transformation Framework: A framework to develop a shared vocabulary, understanding and vision for how municipalities can develop a community-wide energy planning and management system that supports a transformation of their energy systems from a fossil fuel base to 100% renewable energy. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016). 
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Food and Energy in a Circular Economy: Stockholm Royal Seaport is appointed the next generation sustainable city districts with ambitious environmental goals including resource efficiency and becoming climate positive (according to the Climate Positive Development Program framework). One of the areas subject to investigations has been wastewater management. This project, led by Stockholm, delivers a feasibility study describing the potential and scenarios of source separating wastewater systems for dense urban areas. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2017).

Integrated Whole Energy System Decarbonization Strategy: A project  to develop a strategy for transitioning to district-scale low-carbon energy systems in three communities in Boulder, Seattle and Minneapolis. Products include: (1) The playbook executive summary, (2) Energy System Transformation full playbook, (3) Boulder Energy Systems Transformation Strategy, (4) Minneapolis Energy Systems Transformation Strategy; 5) Seattle Energy Systems Transformation Strategy, and (5) A Boulder case study: Chautauqua Report. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Natural Gas, Fuel Oil & Related Thermal Energy De-Carbonization Strategies: A project to develop strategies for decarbonizing thermal energy systems in different building types in two cities: residential and commercial/light industrial buildings in Boulder and municipal buildings in San Francisco. Products include: (1) the thermal decarbonization executive summary; (2) the Boulder decarbonization full report; and (3) the San Francisco decarbonization full report. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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New Financial and Delivery Models for Retrofitting Buildings:  This project provides a detailed assessment of the extent to which the energiesprong retrofitting model is transferable to London, through the development of a robust business case and barriers report. The report assesses the level of ‘transferability’ of each of the key energiesprong pillars and, on the basis of this, identifies the practical steps needed to deliver the model in London. Deliverables include: (1) London Energiesprong Transferability Assessment; (2) Energiesprong UK Finance Model Introduction; (3) the Finance Model; and (4) the Post Workshop Report. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Upscaling Green Vehicles: This synthesis report focuses on the potential for promoting “green vehicles” in Northern Europe benefitting climate, health and well-being as well as the quality of our air. It highlights the main observations, exchanges and recommendations identified over the two days of the workshop called: “Upscaling Green Vehicles in Northern Europe” arranged in Copenhagen as part of the CNCA meeting. The workshop initiative presents an opportunity for new collaborative projects between CNCA cities, car industry companies, energy companies, interest groups, and mobility operators with a clear interest in promoting green vehicles. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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