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News - Planning for energy efficient cities (PLEEC)

Report of Stoke-on-Trent´s 2nd Local Dialogue Forum released

Local Dialogue Forum with partners and stakeholders held on 16 september 2015 at CoREThe report summarises the proceedings of the Local Dialogue Forum with partners and stakeholders held on 16 september 2015 at CoRE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence) in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The LDF was facilitated by Hardial Bhogal, a Fellow at CoRE. The slides presented on the day are also available for download below.

The Local Dialogue Forum provided an update on the PLEEC project and investigated energy efficiency actions for the City of Stoke-on-Trent. Special guest speaker Dr Arie Romein from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands presented WP4 research into the Planning Energy Efficiency Potentials in European Cities including Stoke-on-Trent. The LDF included a workshop on the summary list of planning measures for energy efficiency from WP4 (urban energy planning).

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Movie release: LED-lighting in Tartu

Find out how PLEEC city partner Tartu is integrating LED into its municipal lighting!

PLEEC at the Energy Mondays in Copenhagen

On 5 October 2015 Juliane Große - one of the team members of PLEEC partner University of Copenhagen - presented the PLEEC project at the “Energy Mondays” - a regular public event organized by the Danish NGO “Energy Crossroads”.

The session was dedicated to energy efficiency and urban development and focussed on the relationship of urban structure and energy use as well as on the interactions between national and urban energy policies.

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Review: 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum and PLEEC partner meeting in Tartu

The PLEEC partner consortium met from 22 – 24 September 2015 in the PLEEC partner city Tartu, Estonia. The event consisted of a two-day internal PLEEC project meeting and the 3rd official PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum.

As the PLEEC project is stepping into its final phase all cities are working intensively on the drafts of their Energy Efficiency Action Plans. In order to ensure the integration of the outputs of WP 3 - 5 (technological, structural and behavioral energy efficiency) the internal project meeting from 22 - 23 September served for in-depth discussions between the PLEEC cities and the university experts on how to optimize their Action Plans.

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PLEEC represented at Danish Town Planner meeting

PLEEC represented at Danish Town Planner meetingOn 1 October 2015 the annual meeting of Danish Town Planners (www.byplanlab.dk) took place in the city of Vordingborg. Part of the conference was an exhibition space. At the stand of the Centre for Strategic Urban Research (part of University of Copenhagen, (www.byforskning.dk), Christian Fertner talked with interested participants on PLEEC results and conclusions, primarily based on WP4 work related to spatial planning measures and the context and scope of Energy Efficiency Action Plans.

The participants could also get an ‘Energy-Smart City-DK profile’ of their municipality printed. The profile is based on the PLEEC indicator framework developed in WP2. University of Copenhagen adapted the framework and collected data for all 98 Danish municipalities during a PLEEC spin-off project in 2014. The profile is a benchmark of the energy performance of Danish municipalities in 40 different indicators.

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3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and livable regions” – Program out now!

The 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and liveable regions. Urban-rural interactions” takes place on 24 september 2015 at the Assembly Hall of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 1a, Tartu, Estonia.

The event comprises three panels in which the participants will work simultaneously.

Read more: 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and livable regions” – Program out now!

2nd Local Dialogue Forum in Stoke-on-Trent combined with study visit

The Local Dialogue Forum (LDF) in Stoke-on-Trent will take place on 16 September 2015 at CoRE – Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, Longton, Stoke on Trent.

The event provides an update on the activities of the PLEEC project and will investigate energy efficiency actions for the City of Stoke-on-Trent disseminating at the same time the energy efficiency planning model developed within the PLEEC project.

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Out now: D4.3 Thematic report on urban energy planning: Buildings, industry, transport and energy generation

The aim of Work Package 4 is to identify structure driven energy efficiency potentials within urban planning.

This report is studying key aspects of energy efficiency in spatial structures and urban planning summarizing the case study reports of D4.2 and supplying condensed information by the key aspects regarding spatial structures and planning.

Read more: Out now: D4.3 Thematic report on urban energy planning: Buildings, industry, transport and...

Save the date: 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and livable regions. Urban-rural interactions”

- an event arranged in collaboration with the Nordic-Baltic partnership forum

24 September 2015, Tartu, Estonia

The plan is nothing. Planning is everything. Modern society incorporates lots of dynamics that require constant rethinking and re-planning in order to sustain the quality of our living environment. A wide range of economic, cultural, environmental and social aspects needs to be embraced when catering for the needs of the future.

The 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum
“Planning resilient and livable regions. Urban-rural interactions”,
seeks ways to apply efficient planning methods and develop models
to deliver a sustainable living environment both in urban and rural regions.

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Announcement: Work Package 4 releases city case study reports on urban energy planning

The purpose of the reports is to give an overview of urban energy planning in the six PLEEC partner cities (Eskilstuna, Tartu, Turku, Stoke-on-Trent, Jyväskylä, Santiago de Compostela). The reports illustrate how cities deal with different challenges of the urban energy transformation from a structural perspective including issues of urban governance and spatial planning. The six reports provide input for the following cross-thematic report (D4.3).

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Report release: Behaviour driven efficiency potential - Economic evaluation of selected Best Available Practices

The aim of PLEEC project´s Work Package 5 ("behaviour driven energy efficiency") is to identify the potential of energy reduction from a behaviour driven perspective.
In continuation of the preceding report ("Case study reports on Energy efficiency and Behaviour" (D5.1)) which introduced examples of behavioural interventions to promote energy efficiency in cities, this report identifies Best Available Practices for the economic evaluation of these behaviour-driven energy efficiency interventions.

The report provides technical guidance on how to conduct an economic evaluation of behaviour-driven energy efficiency interventions. It is also intended as a guide to those planning these interventions to plan ahead for quantitative evaluation and comparison of results.

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Vienna conference facilitates mutual learning processes between smart city projects

Review of meeting

The public meeting “Energy efficiency in cities - monitoring of energy related urban development with special focus on quality of life” on 30 June 2015 in Vienna gathered 50 registered experts and European city representatives to share information on energy efficiency in cities and initiate learning processes.
The event was organized by PLEEC partner Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with KLIEN (Austrian Climate and Energy Fund) and the Austrian Association of Cities.

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Call for Papers: Applied Energy Symposium and Summit 2015: Low-carbon Cities and Urban Energy systems (CUE2015)

The CUE2015 titled "Power your city with clean, affordable & reliable energy" focuses on urban energy systems, covering the topics energy supply, distribution and end use; smart eco-cities, urban transportation with efficient energy and low emissions; microgrid and smart home; BIPV and renewable applications; urban waste to energy; nexus of energy-water; policy options etc.

The event consists of a two-day symposium to share the most recent progress of research in urban energy systems and a one-day summit to engage all stakeholders to discuss how future urban energy systems can be implemented.

The CUE2015 takes place from 15 – 17 november 2015 in Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

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Announcement: Open-space meeting “Energy efficiency in cities” takes place in Vienna

The public meeting "Energy efficiency in cities - monitoring of energy related urban development with special focus on quality of life" on 30 june 2015 brings together Smart Cities in Austria and the EU in order to share information on energy efficiency in cities and initiate learning processes.
The event is organized by PLEEC partner Vienna University of Technology together with the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds in cooperation with the Austrian Association of Cities.

During the event, short presentations in form of posters will be given by the PLEEC cities on the current status of their Action Plans for becoming an Energy-Smart City as well as ideas on the data situation / monitoring of cities. Furthermore, Austrian Smart Cities as well as various experts on energy efficient urban development will give insights into strategies for measuring energy situations.

Read more: Announcement: Open-space meeting “Energy efficiency in cities” takes place in Vienna