Research Area:
Landscape Change and Management


Brownfield Policy Improvement Task Force

Foto: Birgit Kochan, IÖR

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 was 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 addressed the issue of improving and transferring brownfield policies in partner regions and beyond. The partners were involved in activities and events leading to the elaboration of recommendations for relevant policies in their regions. The transfer of best practices provided a unique opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences and apply new approaches.

The "Brownfield Days" had been the main activities of the project and subsequently took place in every local authority partner’s location. It was 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.

The case studies led to the identification of good practices, which can be generalized in the form of practical recommendations. Based on the knowledge of the project participants, external experts as well as the experiences gained during the Brownfield Days, practical recommendations for the successful handling of brownfield sites were derived and prepared for cities, regions and the EU in the form of a brochure (Final Report). This brochure contains a list of identified best practices, lessons learnt as well as conclusions such as Top 10 tips for making brownfield regeneration a success, which are recommendations for a strategic ap-proach to brownfield revitalization (brochure p. 30/31).

For more information see:


01/2010 - 03/2013


Dr. rer. nat. Juliane Mathey
Tel. +49 (0)351 46 79 231





Final Report PDF 1,6 MB