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News - Planning for energy efficient cities (PLEEC)

Support Service for Research Projects in Energy

The PLEEC project is finished - a final summary report is currently in review and will be published soon. Our homepage including all resources will be kept online for a while and occasionally also some relevant news will be posted here.

 SSERR request    This time we would like to highlight a new service offered to finished FP7/H2020 projects in the field of energy, similar as PLEEC. The ”Support Service for Research Projects in Energy” (SSERR) is targeted towards the exploitation of project results and is free of charge. Activities which can be financed include e.g. Project Risk Analysis, Exploitation Strategy Seminars, Business Plan Development, Assistance for Patenting and Brokerage Events.

PLEEC-based scientific articles in special issue on "Planning for Resource Efficient Cities"

The special issue "Planning for Resource Efficient Cities" of the Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning (no. 5/2016) contains several PLEEC-based scientific articles. The open access journal is published by the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. The special issue edited by PLEEC partners and is available online.

Read more: PLEEC-based scientific articles in special issue on "Planning for Resource Efficient Cities"

PLEEC project has reached its official end

The PLEEC project has now come to an end.

We are proud of our results achieved and the great cooperation among the project consortium. Hereby we would like to thank everybody who has participated in any manner in our work during the last three years!

Download here the PLEEC project factsheet with the final results.

PLEEC Factsheet: Summary of Results

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We are looking forward to an energy efficient future. All the best!

Official release: The PLEEC model on energy efficiency and sustainable city planning

The PLEEC model is a guide for city planners in European cities to develop their Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP) in order to meet the EU 20-20-20 goals. The guide consists of the PLEEC partners´ joint experiences from developing six EEAPs. By taking part of the model content, through literature studies, checklists, movies and city partners' advice, the reader gets a strong base to initiate the Action Plan. One of the lessons from PLEEC is that understanding local conditions in different cities is key to developing an EEAP that can be successfully implemented. No action can be copied from one city to another but by sharing experiences we can come a long way towards a more energy efficient future.
The PLEEC model is one of the core outputs of the PLEEC project.

Check out the PLEEC model at model.pleecproject.eu

Paving the way for energy smart cities: The PLEEC cities´ Energy Efficiency Action Plans are finalized!

Through the run of the PLEEC project all six PLEEC partner cities have been working in joint and intense efforts on developing and writing an Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP) for their city – a plan which will guide them their way to become energy smart.

The EEAP´s are the results of three years project work and base upon the findings of the smart city analyses (“Smart City Profiles”) in WP2 and the best matching energy efficiency recommendations from WP3, 4, and 5 taking the cities´ technological, structural and behavioral capabilities into account.

Get the EEAP´s here and get inspired for your own city´s journey towards an energy efficient future!

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Tartu´s 3rd Local Dialogue Forum and Study Visit

Tartu´s 3rd Local Dialogue Forum and Study VisitThe 3rd Local Dialogue Forum in Tartu was held on 30 March 2016 in form of an Energy Saving Information Day, co-organized with the Europe Direct Information Centre and Lääne-Viru County Government and in cooperation with the Smart House Competence Centre. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about energy saving possibilities and to motivate people to act more energy efficient.

Tartu´s 3rd Local Dialogue Forum and Study VisitLääne-Viru County has been the leader in terms of energy saving in Estonia for many years. Lääne-Viru County Governor Marko Storm: "Whether it is green energy or innovative solutions and building automation, it is clear that the energy savings and enabling technology is one of the major keywords in the near future".

The information day was targeted to local government officials, entrepreneurs, public sector representatives, housing associations and all others interested in the use of more sustainable energy.

Read more: Tartu´s 3rd Local Dialogue Forum and Study Visit

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PLEEC Final Conference: Cities are becoming sustainable and energy smart

On 8 March 2016 the PLEEC Final Conference showcased the results and experiences of the PLEEC project. The event took place in the framework of the “SBE 16 – International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment” in Hamburg.

It was a great honor for the whole project consortium that Eric Lecomte, EU project officer from DG Energy, participated at the meeting and officially opened the conference.

Carsten Rothballer, Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience from ICLEI Europe (Local Governments for Sustainability) emphasized in his ensuing keynote speech that ambitious national climate targets for 2050 will only be reached by a strong and empowering involvement of local and regional governments. However it is crucial that cities advocate for enabling framework conditions, seek opportunities for the vertical integration of energy efforts (cities´ Sustainable Energy Action Plans with National Energy Efficiency Action Plans) and do also create local and international alliances. Knowledge transfer and capacity building are major issues as well as engagement of all relevant stakeholders who all together need to set ambitious climate and energy targets (100% renewable energy is needed and possible).

After this inspiring kick-off it was time to discover the secrets of the PLEEC project: Julia Haselberger from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences presented the newly released image movie of the PLEEC project demonstrating the project´s goals, scope and methodology.

In the first roundtable discussion with university experts and at the same time Work Package leaders of the project the different methodological approaches how to raise energy efficiency from technological, structural and behavioral points of view were presented and it was underlined how crucial an integrative and place-based approach for a sustainable city planning is.

Read more: PLEEC Final Conference: Cities are becoming sustainable and energy smart

Review: Stoke-on-Trent´s final Local Dialogue Forum

Stoke-on-Trent´s final Local Dialogue ForumThe third and final Local Dialogue Forum in Stoke-on-Trent took place on 3 March 2016. The purpose of the event was to engage partners and stakeholders in discussion and to gather their feedback on the draft Stoke-on-Trent´s Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Stakeholders engaged enthusiastically in their review of the city´s Energy Efficiency Action Plan. In workshop sessions they reviewed all the proposed actions and provided additional feedback and observations on more than 90% of these. Without exception, their feedback was positive and provided targeted strong endorsement for more than a third of the actions.

The full event was attended by Councillor Terence Fellows, Cabinet Member for Greener City Development. At the event Councillor Follows signed the PLEEC Declaration – A Statement by City Project Partners as both an endorsement of the work done to date and Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s future commitment to the European Union´s 20-20-20 goals, making European cities smart and sustainable places to live in.

Read more: Review: Stoke-on-Trent´s final Local Dialogue Forum

Publication release: “Green Thoughts, Green Futures”

Green Thoughts, Green FuturesThe way we plan and build our cities is influencing the present and future demand for energy. PLEEC project set out to make European cities more energy smart. This booklet, “Green Thoughts, Green Futures”, presents the main findings of the project in a popularized, easy-to approach manner. The title of the booklet falls down to the very basics of energy efficiency: making rational, well-informed and holistic choices in city planning to promote energy efficiency is simply the way of the future.

Within the PLEEC framework, five key fields of urban development have been identified: Green Buildings and Land-use, Mobility and Transport, Technical Infrastructure, Production and Consumption and Energy Supply. “Green Thoughts, Green Futures” explores the most relevant aspects of energy efficiency in these key urban fields from a city perspective: the technologies, thoughts, processes and innovations that are already underway yet in need of more work.


Green Thoughts, Green Futures

This booklet, “Green Thoughts, Green Futures”, presents the main findings of the project in a popularized, easy-to approach manner. The title of the booklet falls down to the very basics of energy efficiency: making rational, well-informed and holistic choices in city planning to promote energy efficiency is simply the way of the future.


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Energy efficiency solutions for cities – Conference in Lithuania

Energy efficiency solutions for cities – Conference in LithuaniaOn 25 February 2016 PLEEC project partner SMARTTA (Smart technologies association) from Lithuania hosted the Conference "Energy efficiency solutions for the city" in the Great Hall of Kaunas City Municipality. 43 participants from various municipalities of Lithuania attended the event and learned not only about the PLEEC project and its preliminary results, but also about various energy efficiency projects implemented in Lithuania especially in the fields of building modernization, street lighting and infrastructure monitoring.

Energy efficiency solutions for cities – Conference in Lithuania

PLEEC project partner Kaspar Alev from Tartu City government was also invited to present scope and main elements of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan of Tartu City.

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3rd Local Dialogue Forum in Turku: Energy efficiency in city owned buildings

PLEEC city partner Turku´s final Local Dialogue Forum took place on 10 March 2016.

Topics treated were:

  • Reporting the energy consumption and energy efficiency actions
  • Schedule for the upcoming renovations of city owned buildings
  • Communications of energy efficiency

Turku has started planning a detailed program for the city buildings which includes the evaluation of the energy consumption as well as preparing a schedule for energy investments.

The finalization is aspired for summer 2016.

3rd Local Dialogue Forum in Jyväskylä – presenting the Energy Smart Jyväskylä Action Plan

3rd Local Dialogue Forum of Jyväskylä – presenting the Energy Smart Jyväskylä Action PlanThe 3rd PLEEC Local Dialogue Forum of Jyväskylä was organized as a morning session in the Central Finland Energy Day on 17 February 2016. The contents of the forum included municipalities’ new energy efficiency agreements 2017-2025, Jyväskylä’s Resource Wisdom aims of carbon neutral energy and the city’s latest 2014 energy balance with future scenarios of renewable energy and carbon neutrality. In the forum, the Energy Smart Jyväskylä Action Plan (made in the PLEEC project) was presented for the first time to a wider audience, followed with comments from the city’s planning experts. The event gathered around 50 participants from municipalities, energy utilities, companies, universities and other expert and public organisations.

Read more: 3rd Local Dialogue Forum in Jyväskylä – presenting the Energy Smart Jyväskylä Action Plan

Stoke-on-Trent is going energy smart: 3rd Local Dialogue Forum

Stoke-on-Trent´s 3rd and Final Local Dialogue Forum will take place on 3 March 2016 from 9am to 1pm at Port Vale Football Club (Hamil Road, Burslem SOT ST6 1AW).

All interested stakeholders are invited to the event which is an opportunity to contribute to the Energy Efficiency Action Plan of Stoke-on-Trent. The Local Dialogue Forum will consist of presentations and workshops aiming at the successful finalization of the city´s Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Agenda: PLEEC 3rd Local Dialogue Forum, Stoke-on-Trent

Wednesday 3rd March 2016, Vale Park (C J Bayley Suite), Hamil Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1AW


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