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


As recognized by UL partners, coordinated work of all relevant stakeholders can help decision making process.


City planning must be integrated, the whole administration can‘t;

so internal division must be counterbalanced by horizontal cooperation.

# Close alliance with “Anchor” stakeholders in neighbourhoods is crucial to initiate refurbishment actions!

# Energy, spatial and transport planners exchanging regularly together with construction developers - first time in Warsaw thanks to UL!



Urban planning process including all stakeholders – probably the most challenging part in improving urban planning procedures and integrating energy issues is the need to broaden the spectrum of stakeholders involved in the planning process.  Development of a city is a matter of a wide range of stakeholders. Therefore, an open, transparent and participatory process needs to be ensured. An approach proposed by the Urban learning project is to establish local working groups comprising all relevant stakeholders at city level (administrative departments, utilities, enterprises, scientific institutions and civil society representatives) that will participate in the decision-making process and will contribute with their knowledge to find solutions that will be the most beneficial for the community and in line with the adopted strategic vision of a city. This urban development partnership regarding energy and climate issues is a way forward.


# For well-functioning of local working group, it is important to have a ‘keeper’ of the topic: one that ensures integrative energy planning remains on the agenda and makes progress.

# Our local working group is a platform for knowledge building between planners, managers and experts of Amsterdam and Zaanstad. Many times, experts from outside our cities contributed to our meetings.