Call for Papers: Special Issue “Planning for Resource Efficient Cities” in the Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning


Transforming cities' use of resources to address the threats of climate change and resource scarcity is one of the main future challenges in urban development. Striving towards energy self-sufficiency, implementing regional resource cycles, retrofitting of the built environment as well as decoupling urban development and resource use are crucial for a city's future vulnerability and resilience against changes in general resource availability. The challenge gets further complex, as resource and energy efficiency in a city is deeply interwoven with other aspects of urban development such as social structures as well as the geographical context. As cities are the main consumer of energy and resources they are both problem and solution to tackle issues of energy efficiency and saving. Furthermore, through innovation in green technologies and the removing of bottlenecks in network infrastructure, cities can enhance their competitiveness.
This special issue will present research from EU FP7 project PLEEC ('Planning for Energy Efficient Cities',, but contributions from other research are most welcome!

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"European cities driving the energy transition"

In the context of the EU Sustainable Energy Week the European Commission hosts the event "European cities driving the energy transition" - taking place in Brussels (Charlemagne building, room De Gasperi) on Wednesday, 17 june 2015.

The event will focus on the role of local authorities in achieving the Energy Union's climate and energy objectives and creating a societal momentum supporting the energy transition.
Building on concrete experiences the event aims to demonstrate the impact of local actions under the Covenant of Mayors and within the Smart Cities & Communities European Innovation Partnership and Research & Demonstration projects looking at innovative ways of coordinating different local initiatives to define a holistic approach across sectors and involving all actors.

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Out now: Case study reports on Energy efficiency and Behavior

As part of PLEEC project´s Work Package 5 ("behaviour driven energy efficiency") , the reduction potential in energy use from a behavior driven perspective is being identified and assessed.

This report "Case study reports on Energy efficiency and Behavior" introduces examples of behavioral interventions to promote energy efficiency in cities. The cases have been collected from january to june 2014 and represent behavioral interventions from different sectors of energy efficiency from the PLEEC partner countries.

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D5.1 Case study reports on Energy efficiency and behaviour

The purpose of Work Package 5 Deliverable 5.1., “Case study reports on energy efficiency and behaviour” is to present examples of behavioral interventions to promote energy efficiency in cities. The case studies represent behavioral interventions from different sectors of energy efficiency from the following PLEEC partner countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the UK, the Netherlands, Estonia, Bulgaria and Spain.

Each case is presented shortly with key details of budget, target group, and methods as well as a short assessment of main success factors.

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Release of 'Framework for reports on urban energy planning in six case cities'

The purpose of this report is to provide guidance for the work on six separate case study reports ('city reports', one for each of the six PLEEC cities) under Work Package 4 ("structure-driven energy efficiency potentials within urban planning").

Therefore it is important to have a joint framework, defining the relevant questions and issues which should be worked on. However, as the six cities are very different, the framework stays at a general level to allow different foci in each of the reports.

The report can be downloaded here: Framework for reports on urban energy planning in 6 case cities

This report represents Deliverable D4.1 of the PLEEC project.

Welcome to Eskilstuna´s breakfast meeting 'Energy Wise Grocery Stores'

On 21 may 2015 (7.15 to 8.30am) Eskilstuna´s 2nd Local Dialogue Forum is aiming at grocery stores and how they can become more efficient. The event takes place at Eskilstuna´s City Hall – Ebeling room.

Target group: The invitation is aimed at those responsible for or able to influence energy consumption in supermarkets.

Background: An online training on energy efficiency in supermarkets is developed (and launched) by regional energy agencies in collaboration with BeLivs (Purchaser Group Food Premises). With short informative films and clear schematic explanations participants get practical advice on energy efficiency, how the energy consumption in food premises can be reduced and how staff can be trained in energy efficiency.

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2nd Local Dialogue Forum in Santiago de Compostela

2nd Local Dialogue Forum in Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de Compostela´s 2nd Local Dialogue Forum took place from 21 - 22 april 2015 as part of the "Digital Cities Congress" - Technology Applied to a New Concept of Society - held at the Centre of New Technologies of Galicia.

The forum was dedicated to promote the PLEEC project at city and regional level and to share opinions and ideas with professionals from the energy efficiency sector as well as decision makers.

Around 80 attendants from energy companies, the city council and government, university researchers and other stakeholders attended the event.

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D3.2 Out now: “Improving Energy Efficiency Through Technology - Case Studies”

This report presents the case studies carried out by the group of technical experts involved in PLEEC´s Work Package 3.

Some of the case studies were carried out through literature review while others were done in co-operation with city representatives of the cities involved in PLEEC. These reports analyse the

successful adoption of different technologies in medium sized cities all across Europe.

The objective of the cases study report is to present the PLEEC cities implementation examples of some of the technologies presented in report “3.1 - Technical state of the art innovative solutions”, in order to support city representatives in the decision making process towards adopting modern technologies for effective energy efficiency improvement in different urban areas.

This report represents D3.2 of Work Package 3.

D 3.1: Report release “Technical state-of-the-art innovative solutions”

One of the objectives of Work Package 3 “technology driven energy efficiency potentials” is to identify the potential technologies that could support the PLEEC cities in improving energy efficiency.

In this report - as a first step within Work Package 3 - state-of?the-art technologies for energy efficiency have been identified and described. This report represents Deliverable 3.1 of the PLEEC project.

The following stages of the work package include the description of different case studies including best available practices, suggestion for technologies adoption in the cities’ planning as well as different strategies for technology implementation in the corresponding cities.

Local Dialogue Forum in Tartu brings Sustainable Energy Action Plan forward

Local Dialogue Forum in Tartu brings Sustainable Energy Action Plan forwardAround 20 decision makers from energy sector, water management, universities, city council and city government participated in Tartu´s 2nd Local Dialogue Forum on 23 march 2015.

The forum was divided into two thematic blocks: In the first part the Lithuanian company Aedilis presented its energy monitoring system for electricity, heat energy, and water in buildings (in real time). Such a system can also be extended into other areas like public lighting, street lights etc. and could therefore be used to create a platform for the measurement and management of different applications (energy consumption of buildings, control of public lighting, control of street lights, control of security cameras etc.) for a whole city government.

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2nd Local Dialogue Forum 'Energy Forum - Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Tartu City'

PLEEC city partner Tartu is cordially inviting you to the 2nd Local Dialogue Forum - titled "Energy Forum - Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Tartu City". The focus of the event is to publicly discuss the Tartu Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) - a process driven by  the PLEEC project. In addition Mr. Evaldas Paliliunas from PLEEC project partner SMARTTA (Lithuania) will introduce an energy consumption  monitoring system.

The event takes place on the 23 march 2015 from 14 to 16.30 hrs in Raekoja plats 12, II korrus, saal, Tartu, Estonia.

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Programme: 2nd Local Dialogue Forum “Energy Forum - Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Tartu City”

23 march 2015, Tartu, Estonia

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Mälardalen University presents its newly developed electric car

 – making it easy to move around the city in an energy efficient way. Find out how:

Presentation about energy transitions online available

This presentation represents significant background work about energy transitions and innovations. It is related to Work Package 3 of the PLEEC Project ("technology driven energy efficiency potentials") and contains important conclusions about future strategies for higher energy efficiency, reduction of energy demand and what the level of ambition should be. The full work will be published in Report D3.3 Innovation and Sustainability Transition.

PLEEC partner consortium at project meeting in Santiago de Compostela

The third workshop of the PLEEC partner consortium took place from 3 to 5 february 2015 in Santiago de Compostela.

The meeting was combined with a General Assembly Meeting during which the status of each of the seven Work Packages as well as administration and financial matters after the project´s half-time reporting had been discussed.

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Work with local stakeholders with regard to energy efficiency opportunities within Stoke-on-Trent

A new report of an independent study on energy efficiency including work with local stakeholders in Stoke-on-Trent to inform the strategic direction for the City's action plan is now available.

The study has included:

  • A review of the policy drivers for energy efficiency in Stoke-on-Trent
  • A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) assessment
  • Analysis of the available data for energy efficiency in the city against EU and UK energy efficiency and emission targets
  • Exploring with stakeholders potential next steps to advance and better coordinate the energy efficiency

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