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

Urban Learning Approach

The project aims to mainstream and institutionalise integrative urban energy planning within city administrations and is designed as a project from cities for cities. The focus is on the governance processes related to the (re-)development of urban sites.

As results the project aims to:

  • involve key stakeholders for significantly increasing the dialogue and mutual understanding (city administration, utility, developers) on integrative urban energy planning in view of new societal, organisational and technological challenges;
  • enhance the institutional capacity of administrations of leading European cities to plan urban (re-) development areas in an integrated manner – impacting directly on (re-) development areas for around about 3 million of inhabitants in the next 20 years;
  • improved planning coordination between the city and infrastructure providers and energy suppliers;
  • create lasting structures for necessary exchange between the key stakeholders in the participating cities;
  • condense important best practices and insights from experiences in the participating cities;
  • facilitate active learning by providing expertise to cities and transfer knowledge and models for replication elements.

The project consists of three main steps:

  1. involvement of all needed stakeholders – different city departments, utilities, energy providers, planning companies, national institutions, government bodies;
  2. analysis of current processes and selection of best practices – analysis was performed in three segments – governance processes, instruments and tools that are being used in the process of urban and energy planning, new and innovative technologies;
  3. upgrade and dissemination – upgrade of current processes, dissemination of best cases and other project conclusions among a wider audience of cities.

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