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PLEEC project at “Smart cities & communities” event in Vigo

PLEEC project at “Smart cities & communities” event in VigoOn 25 and 26 november 2014 the third edition of the Technical Galician Days – this year under the topic "Smart cities and communities – took place in the Auditorio Palacio de Congresos Mar de Vigo, Vigo (Pontevedra) - organized by Vigo's municipality, the Energy Agency of Vigo (FAIMEVI) and the Engineers' Official College of Vigo.
The event aimed at disseminating the concept of smart cities and sharing experiences and knowledge in this area. Moreover, it provided a space for stands in order to promote products and projects.

The forum was structured into two thematic blocks: 'Society and urban transformation' and 'Smart management of the resources'.

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Mikael Kullman is presenting PLEEC project in Oslo

On December 3rd, Mikael Kullman - coordinator of the PLEEC project - was invited as main speaker at a seminar arranged by the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research (CIENS) to give a presentation on the PLEEC project and the experiences from the project so far.

CIENS is a strategic cooperation between a number of national research institutes (among others CICERO, Centre for International Climate and Environment Research Oslo, TOI, Institute of transport Ecomonics, Norwegian Insitute for Urban and Regional Research, etc.). Together they make up one of Europe's largest research community in environmental, climate and society. Sustainable Urban Development is a current main focus of the institute.

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Movie release: Travel Smart in Stoke-on-Trent

Find out about the Travel Smart branded package of initiatives being delivered in Stoke-on-Trent to change behaviour towards greater use of more energy efficient transport modes.

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How to become an energy efficient smart city - Results from the PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum in Copenhagen

The Energy Efficiency Forum on 29 october 2014 provided not only insights into the findings of the PLEEC project, but rather offered the opportunity to learn from Best Available Practices related to key aspects of energy efficiency.

Located at Copenhagen´s "Building Green" fair - Denmark´s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment - the forum was situated in a vibrant atmosphere and attracted a great variety of stakeholders ranging from representatives from universities, research institutions, municipalities, companies and students. So what was it exactly about?

As cities belong to the primary energy consumers in Europe, the future concepts for cities have to be smart and energy efficient. However, cities differ in their local preconditions which makes it necessary to take each city´s individual context into account when going for smart city planning. Although a quite big number of Best Available Practices (BAP´s) of energy efficiency has been successfully tested, the crucial question is how these BAP´s can be transferred to other cities. Do they fit to every city´s individual conditions?

The PLEEC forum "European Energy Smart Cities – how to learn from Best Available Practices" was intended to highlight and discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges in identifying and adapting the BAP´s from different cities to fit with the unique conditions of each specific city.

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Registration open: PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum

The PLEEC project arranges the 2nd Energy Efficiency Forum "European Energy Smart Cities – how to learn from Best Available Practices" to highlight and discuss the challenges in identifying and adapting the Best Available Practices from different cities of Europe to fit with the unique conditions of each specific city. The aim of the forum is to share experiences in order to further develop the future tools for the city's planning process in becoming a true energy smart city.

The forum takes place on 29 October 2014 from 13 to 18.30 hrs within the framework of Building Green Fair in Copenhagen.

The registration period for this event is closed.

Invitation: PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum 2014

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PLEEC Executive Board Meeting in Vienna

PLEEC Executive Board Meeting in ViennaOn 10 october 2014 the Austrian PLEEC partners from Vienna hosted the fourth Executive Board Meeting of the PLEEC project.

All the Work Package leaders and the project coordinator met in the venues of Vienna University of Technology in order to discuss important issues like the project´s half-time reporting, final preparations for the PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum in Copenhagen and the progress within the different Work Packages.

Thanks to the organizers for the warm welcome in Vienna!

First findings of energy efficiency study at Stoke-on-Trent´s Local Dialogue Forum – presentations for download

Stoke-on-Trent´s Local Dialogue Forum took place on 24 september 2014 in Port Vale Football Club and gained great progress in the energy efficiency work undertaken in Stoke-on-Trent.

The forum´s participants ranging from energy providers, the hospital trust, business representatives, Beat the Cold charity and City Council officers participated actively at the forum: After a joint analysis of energy efficiency policy drivers, the stakeholders completed a Stoke-on-Trent energy efficiency SWOT workshop and then jointly prioritized opportunities for improved energy efficiency in Stoke-on-Trent and identified potential key partners/stakeholders.
Thanks to everybody for the great contribution!

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Movie release: Clear the way for electric vehicles!

Find out how easily and cheap you can charge your electric car in Eskilstuna - watch here:

Review: Local Dialogue Forum in Turku

Local Dialogue Forum in TurkuThis year's Local Dialogue Forum in Turku was held on 19 september 2014 in the premises of Forum Marinum. The event was related especially to PLEEC´s Work Package 3 and focused on the topic Project alliance as a way of executing public projects concerning real estate, construction and services.

The goal of the forum was to explore the adaptation of project alliance in extensive public real estate and construction projects and service procurement. How can cities stimulate innovations, higher productivity and customer oriented approach?

The event gathered about 50 city officials and experts in planning, real estate, infrastructure and procurement who participated actively in discussions about renovation projects and public-private partnerships.

Successful completion of Work Package 2 – Deliverables 2.3 and 2.4 for download!

After the publication of "Smart City Profiles" (D2.1) and the "Typology of Cities" (D2.2) PLEEC project can now proudly present the release of Deliverables 2.3 and 2.4 and therewith the completion of Work Package 2!

Read in the "Energy Smart City Profiles of Partner Cities" (D2.3) about the results of the survey among stakeholders in PLEEC cities, the importance of various energy efficiency domains and the potentials for further improvements of energy efficiency within the cities.

Energy Smart City Profiles of Partner Cities (D2.3)

This report depicts the results of the survey among stakeholders in PLEEC cities. The importance of the various energy efficiency domains as well as potentials expressing challenges and restrictions for further improvement of energy efficiency are discussed. Based on a survey, this report gives a first but not representative overview about the perceptions and assessment of a small group of stakeholders.

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The "Methodology for monitoring" (D2.4) provides a set of indicators allowing to monitor energy efficiency and sustainable city development in a quantitative way.

Methodology for monitoring (D2.4)

This report provides a set of indicators which should describe energy efficient urban development in a quantitative way based on the definition of key fields and respective domains for energy efficient development (energy smart city profiles). This definition of indicators and their empirical elaboration is result of two surveys with city stakeholders and several workshop discussions with partners in the PLEEC-project. Correspondingly, this report provides an overview about the definition of indicators and some general observations/conclusions regarding the elaboration of a list of indicators as base for a future monitoring.

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Announcement: Local Dialogue Forum in Stoke-on-Trent

On wednesday, 24 september 2014, the city of Stoke-on-Trent is organizing the first Local Dialogue Forum. The event takes place from 9.30 – 12.30 hrs. in Port Vale Football Club.

The meeting will provide an introduction into the emerging Energy Efficiency Study which is being undertaken as part of the PLEEC project. The study will investigate and assess the potential energy efficiency opportunities and constraints for the city of Stoke-on-Trent and help inform the overarching strategic direction on energy efficiency in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The forum will provide all participants with the opportunity to directly contribute to the study and to get involved in and benefit from the PLEEC project. The outcomes of the study will provide the evidence base for potential further work streams on energy efficiency across different sectors and specialisms that are related to energy efficiency (e.g. statutory planning policy, transport, reducing energy bills etc).

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Behave Energy Conference 2014 - Bringing behavioral aspects of energy efficiency to the forefront

Behave Energy ConferenceThe 3rd European Behave Conference on energy efficiency and behavior was arranged on 3 to 4 september 2014 in Oxford, England. Hosted by Said Business School, this year's theme was 'Paradigm Shift: From Energy Efficiency to Energy Reduction through Social Change'. The conference aimed to explore how energy efficiency can be achieved through social behavioral change.

Ranging a variety of topics from energy reduction through the use of feedback, shifting the timing of energy demand to interventions and evaluation of behavior change, the conference offered abundant information on all aspects of energy efficiency and behavior. PLEEC Work Package 5 leader Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) participated at the poster session with a poster introducing the methods and planned results of Work Package 5.

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Save the date: PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum in Copenhagen

The second „PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum" will take place on 29 October 2014 in the venues of „Building green" fair in Copenhagen.

Representatives from cities, the academic sector and practitioners will discuss about opportunities and challenges on a city´s way to become an energy-efficient smart city and how to learn from best available practices.

More information about the event and registration details will follow soon!