Integrative energy planning of urban areas: collective learning for improved governance (URBAN LEARNING)
URBAN LEARNING gathers capitals and other large cities across Europe facing the common challenge of considerable population growth while being committed to significantly reduce fossil energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam/Zaanstad, Warsaw and Zagreb aim to enhance the capacity of their local authorities on integrative urban energy planning, as response to new challenges from EU EPBD and RES directives as well as to changes of technologies and market conditions and the pressure to provide sufficient, affordable homes.
The focus is put on the governance processes related to the (re-)development of concrete sites. While some cities already started ambitious urban development projects, the institutionalisation of these experiences is missing.
Focus will be on multi-disciplinary learning – concentrating on innovative technological solutions, instruments and tools as well as on innovative governance elements - and to capitalise this learning to institutionalise integrative urban energy planning. Center of work are cross-department and inter-institutional working groups in all cities.
Improving the governance processes is expected to have significant energy impacts on homes and workplaces to be built and refurbished for over 3 million more people in the participating cities in the next 20 years: more than 1.700 GWh/a of energy savings and over 2.000 GWh/a renewable energy produced.
The project supports the preparation of the thematic concept of urban energy planning foreseen in STEP 2025 and thus also allows the inclusion of manifold international experiences. The Energy Center leads this project; the MA 20 is representing the city of Vienna. The consortium consists of cities and supportive energy agencies.
Contact: Waltraud Schmid
Duration: 03/2015 – 08/2017
Project partners: Magistrat der Stadt Wien (AT), Berliner Energieagentur GmbH (DE), Ville de Paris (FR), Agence Parisienne du Climat (FR), Stockholm Stad (SE), Grad Zagreb (HR), Energetski Institut Hrvoje Pozar (HR), Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa (PL), Gemeente Amsterdam (NL) and Gemeente Zaanstad (NL)
Sponsor: EU, Horizon 2020 Energy