Energy efficiency is high on the European agenda. One of the goals of the European Union's 20-20-20 strategy is to improve energy efficiency by 20% in 2020.
However, holistic knowledge about energy efficiency potentials in cities is far from complete. Currently, a variety of individual strategies and approaches by different stakeholders tackling separate key aspects hinders strategic energy efficiency planning.
For this reason, the PLEEC project – "Planning for Energy Efficient Cities" – funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme uses an integrative approach to achieve the sustainable, energy–efficient, smart city. 18 partners from 13 European countries are collaborating to make European cities energy smart. By coordinating strategies and combining best practices, PLEEC will develop a general model for energy efficiency and sustainable city planning.
By connecting scientific excellence and innovative enterprises in the energy sector with ambitious and well-organized cities, the project aims to reduce energy use in Europe in the near future and will therefore be an important tool contributing to the EU's 20-20-20 targets.
PLEEC project runs from April 2013 until March 2016.