URBAN LEARNING - Integrative energy planning of urban areas
Collective learning for improved governance

Data and Diagnostic Tools

Tools used in urban and energy planning need to provide solid solutions corresponding to the visions and targets set. That means that cities need to understand currently used tools[1] and their relevance for integrating energy aspects into the planning processes. Working on the awareness of gaps and missing links, the cities should increase the knowledge on which tools need to be adjusted and how, and which innovative tools should be added.

The methodological approach for identification and mapping of tools at the disposal of the city administration applied by the Urban Learning project is composed of three steps. Overview is provided in the extension of this text, while detailed elaboration and results can be found in the deliverables of Work Package 3.

The first step was to identify all tools, currently used by each city administration, that have an impact on energy integration in their urban planning process. After the identification, cities had to place the tools on a map and select the most relevant ones to analyze them more accurately in the analysis grid. (See guiding principles in D3.1)

 

 

 

All the selected tools had been studied more accurately in a common analysis grid. (See the common analysis grid in D3.1 with guidance and questions asked). Around 30 questions for each tool have been asked to identify weaknesses, strengths, gaps and possible evolutions. Each city commented on its own results (see part 4).

 

Description of toolbox elements – data and diagnostic tools

 

 

Energy Atlas and TRANSFORM tool

Purpose of the element

The energy atlas started in Amsterdam and became a national project. It maps the energy consumption, network and (renewable) energy potentials to get a grip on the energy context. The data is detailed and easily accessible. The TRANSFORM tool is developed in de TRANSFORM-project to work and play with the available data during the energy planning and spatial development process. It’s meant for decision support and informed dialogue. Part of the tool is the setting of measures, scenario making and cost and benefit calculation.

Description of the element

The energy atlas consists of about 90 maps. Half of them are about the existing situation, the other half is about the potential for more sustainable solutions. Part of the energy atlas are the current energy use, sources for sustainable energy, and relevant characteristics of the (built) environment. Most of it is open data and can be used by anyone.

The TRANSFORM-tool makes the real data easily accessible in a visual and playful model. It is interactive, user can select, calculate, formulate its own measures and scenario's and set the context in time and trends. Sixteen measures are predefined. Results of the measures are given for energy consumption, costs, emission and renewables.

Key benefits

Data Treasure / Energy and context

90 maps / existing and potential

Tool to integrate data / play and decision support

Upscaled to national level / Energy atlas

Status (planned/in-use)

In use

More info

http://www.nationaleenergieatlas.nl

http://maps.amsterdam.nl/?LANG=en

City

Amsterdam and Zaanstad

 

 

 

Geoportal

Purpose of the element

GeoPortal is online GIS tool with complete spatial and partial socio-economic data for the whole Zagreb area. It provides access to spatial information from all planning documents.

Description of the element

All existing and planned infrastructure systems and energy generation facilities are displayed.

The intention is to include energy consumption and supply data. In the first phase, Zagreb will implement/map existing consumption data and define procedure for future updates of relevant energy demand and supply. In this way insight on energy use will be integrated and available for planning process.

Key benefits

Hotspot for Zagreb spatial data infrastructure

Layout of information from all planning documents

Displays existing and planned infrastructure

Integrates cadastral plan

Provides fast access to information when planning projects

Status (planned/in-use)

In-use

More info

https://geoportal.zagreb.hr/

City

Zagreb

 

 

 

The Assumptions for Plan of Supply with Heat, Electricity and Gas Fuels

Purpose of the element

The Assumptions for Plan of Supply with Heat, Electricity and Gas Fuels are an inventory of all energy systems and forecast on energy demand. This document in its amended form will be a digital model of the city.

Description of the element

The database created for the Assumptions for Plan of Supply with Heat, Electricity and Gas Fuels will describe all energy systems in digital form easy available for everyone.

Key benefits

Database describes both the city’s current energy situation and the energy forecast, including:

261 balancing areas;

Population changes;

Energy demand;

Balancing demand taking into account building stock changes;

All relevant data on the level of the city, its 18 districts and balancing areas.

Status (planned/in-use)

In-use

More info

http://infrastruktura.um.warszawa.pl/

http://www.um.warszawa.pl/en/

City

Warsaw

 

 

 

Open Government Data

Purpose of the element

Providing a comprehensive set of data in different formats for the population, businesses and scientific community. Could be used for the development of apps as well as for GIS analysis.

Description of the element

Relevant data range from statistics and geographic data or traffic and transport to economic figures. The data is published under a Creative Commons Licence (CC BY 3.0 AT). It can be used without any further restrictions, provided that the source is stated clearly.

There are a lot of building data available – for instance a 3d model of the basic shape of all buildings as well as the terrains or zoning information or the newest orthophotos. Vienna provides also energy data as open data in different formats (geodata or tables) about:

  • Potentials of renewables (geothermal, solarthermal, pv, wind)
  • Power plants
  • Innovative energy projects
  • Existing subsidised renewable facilities
  • Basic energy data about energy consumption, share on renewables, energy generation

All these data provide a good basis for energy assessments.

Key benefits

 

Status (planned/in-use)

In Use

More info

https://open.wien.gv.at/site/open-government-data-in-vienna-2/

City

Vienna