Case Studies

Metropolis wishes to build a network of initiatives among metropolitan governments and their collaborating partners to promote projects in partnership for urban sustainability, in environmental, economic, social, and cultural aspects. Here you can find examples of good practice in our case studies and contact local experts. If you are an expert yourself, we encourage you to register and upload your own case study.

Interactive energy classification map

Vilnius, Lithuania

Award-winning project

Interactive energy classification map

An innovative interactive energy map lets Vilnius citizens access and compare energy performance data for every apartment block in the city, online. more

The electric vehicle capital

Oslo, Norway

Shortlisted project

The electric vehicle capital

With 60% of emissions in Oslo coming from the transport sector, encouraging people to use electric vehicles (EVs) has the potential to make a real difference. In 2008, Oslo adopted a ten-point plan to reduce CO2 emissions, to which the large scale introduction of EVs plays a big part. more

Auld but not Reekie – transforming transport energy use in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Auld but not Reekie – transforming transport energy use in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's municipal bus company, Lothian Buses, is going a long way to combat this image with ‘Auld but not Reekie’, an initiative that by the end of 2014 will see 65 hybrid buses in service and 45 buses retrofitted with low emissions exhausts. more

Marketplace for Mobility ("De Verkeersonderneming")

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Shortlisted project

Marketplace for Mobility ("De Verkeersonderneming")

Through two successive calls for tenders, De Verkeersonderneming looked for providers of mobility services that could provide peak traffic avoidance in the Rotterdam region. more

REECH initiative

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

REECH initiative

Through REECH, Liverpool works with a range of partners, including social housing providers and local authorities, to improve the energy efficiency of social housing and SME business premises in its most deprived communities. more

OPEN Glasgow – City Data Hub

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

OPEN Glasgow – City Data Hub

Glasgow’s City Data Hub is home to 400 datasets, published with support from 60 partner organisations. The data gives citizens and businesses insight into life in their city, and allows them to get more involved in decision making. more

TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit System

Bogotá, Colombia

TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit System

The TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the city of Bogota, Colombia provides residents with efficient and safe mass transit that encourages high ridership. more

Zero Waste Program

Bogotá, Colombia

Shortlisted project

Zero Waste Program

The Zero Waste Program aims to reduce waste and increase recycling by formalization of the labour force and the introduction of education and training programs for workers and the community. more

Bogotá Sin Hambre: Bogata Without Hunger

Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá Sin Hambre: Bogata Without Hunger

Bogota, Colombia has used urban agriculture and farmers markets to help alleviate poverty and undernutrition while addressing ill health. more

Imagined Path - Camino Imaginado

Bogotá, Colombia

Imagined Path - Camino Imaginado

The City of Bogota’s project ‘Camino Imaginado – Imagined Path aims to improve social inclusion for inhabitants in the urban periphery. more

City talks on sustainable energy: the silent majority speaks

Utrecht, Netherlands

Shortlisted project

City talks on sustainable energy: the silent majority speaks

Utrecht initiated a democratic experiment to share and broaden responsibility for creating an energy plan to help it become climate neutral by 2030. more

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road safety

Oslo, Norway

Shortlisted project

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road safety

Oslo has turned to mobile technology to tackle traffic security issues affecting parents’ willingness to let their children walk to school. Its pioneering app, ‘The Traffic Agent’, provides child’s eye feedback to enable improved road maintenance and infrastructure planning. more

The Edinburgh Guarantee

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

The Edinburgh Guarantee

Edinburgh has inspired cultural change across the public, private and third sectors to address unemployment among school leavers. A shared vision and strong partnerships are helping them find a job, modern apprenticeship or training, and make successful transitions into the world of work. more

Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative

Delhi, India

Shortlisted project

Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative

The Urban renewal project taken up by the Aga Khan Foundation revitalizes and unifies various segregated heritage sites around Humayun's tomb and Sunder nursery. more