Brownfield sites are previously used land that has been made available and requires reclamation to a new use. Potentially contaminated by low concentration of hazardous waste or pollution, they have become a concern in Europe’s urbanised areas as a consequence of industrial conversion. B-Team is a collaborative effort by 14 partners from 11 different countries to influence policies on brownfields through their successes and experiences.
Derelict sites that blight entire communities and stifle economic investment could be turned around more effectively by local authorities if new policies and approaches to the use of brownfields are adopted: the case-by-case approach needs to be replaced by a common policy. The objectives of B-Team address the issue of improving and transferring brownfield policies in partner regions and beyond. The partners are involved in activities and events leading to the elaboration of recommendations for relevant policies in their regions. The transfer of best practices provides a unique opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences and apply new approaches.
The “Brownfield Days” are the main activities of the project and will subsequently take place in every local authority partner’s location. It is an opportunity to evaluate the potential for improvement/transfer to appropriate partners in other Regions. The signing of the policy transfer (Brownfield Pledge) ensures long-term benefits after the project’s completion by committing the partners to the improvement of their actions and policies.