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


 As results the project aims to:


Improved governance structures

Improving a governance process will generally first need investment (staff resources and time), while the benefits will become apparent only later. For the governance process on integrative urban energy planning a special effort is needed as bridges need to be established between urban planners and energy planners in the city administration and with energy infrastructure planners outside the city administration. Hence, extra incentives are needed.


To overcome routines and habits and to find into a new role dedicated time and resources are needed. It is crucial to establish a trust building dialogue among the involved parties. Only this allows achieving the necessary collective learning and capacity building, to arrive at a comprehensive picture of possible technical, organisational and administrative options, including concrete and practical models for how to work together and manage such governance processes step-by-step.


Energy impacts

URBAN LEARNING  expects significant energy impacts:

For the expected three million new inhabitants to be accommodated within the next 20 years in the participating cities, it is expected that better governance of integrative urban energy planning can result in energy savings of at least 1.700 GWh/a:


Additionally, an increase of renewable energy production of at least 2.000 GWh/a is expected. With the expected reach-out to other cities this impact will be even higher. Better governance processes will also bring considerable savings in costs and time for the city administrations.


As the key outcomes of the project are improved governance processes for urban planning, the immediate energy impacts can only be very low but will become very significant over time. As planning processes take quite long time from initial master plans to the final construction and refurbishment work, the underlying horizon used for estimating energy impacts is 20 years.