Urban Heat Island

Athens CSP Challenge Information

Average temperatures in Athens regularly exceeded 30°C in the summer of 2018, making extreme heat one of the most serious climate threats facing the city. Athens has developed an integrated climate action plan for both climate change mitigation and adaptation following the example of other megacities. The climate action plan is part of Athens’ Resilience Strategy for 2030. This strategy prioritizes the actions that help the City to deal with crises, respond to citizens’ needs, support sustainable development, and in the long term make Athens a livable, attractive and creative city. Despite these important measures, the city still needs large scale, implementable initiatives that reach across communities.

Through the CSP process, the City of Athens is looking for climate solutions which will reduce the urban temperature and mitigate urban heat island effect within the city. To achieve this, Athens would like to utilize municipal school yards and abandoned building lots to improve the city’s microclimate by introducing green infrastructure, including innovative materials/technologies.

City Solutions Platform Outcomes

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The C40 CSP workshop has activated the City of Athens’ plans to launch a series of pilot projects to adapt to rising temperatures.

The workshop, held in September 2018 and convened by C40 and CLEAN working together with the City of Athens’ Office for Resilience and Sustainability, brought more than 60 local and international experts together for 2 intense days of co-creation activities. Participants included representatives of Ramboll, Arup, Dell, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Bloomberg Associates, the Athens Partnership, and WWF Greece, among others. Consequently, 6 pitches were delivered by 6 diverse groups, comprising concepts such as renewable energy sails that provide shade, more green spaces and technological cooling solutions.

The C40 CSP programme is a major shift in the way the City of Athens, local and international businesses, citizens, academia, and other actors are working together to solve climate change. The first pilot schemes will be launched in the coming months.

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