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PLEEC Final Conference: Cities are becoming sustainable and energy smart - Planning for energy efficient cities (PLEEC)

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.

Showdown for the six “PLEEC model cities” in the second part of the event: Each city has developed during PLEEC project an Energy Efficiency Action Plan clearly outlining the goals and strategies how to become more energy efficient and a true energy smart city in the future. As all PLEEC cities are unique and have very special preconditions every city is choosing an individual way towards the sustainable future.
All experiences made throughout the project´s lifetime are synthesized in the model of energy efficiency and sustainable city planning accessible online at and presented by Lotta Ek (Eskilstuna municipality).

“Green Thoughts, Green Futures” - another core output of the PLEEC project and showcased by Annika Kunnasvirta (Turku University of Applied Sciences) - is a publication which summarizes the PLEEC results in a popularized format, describing the most relevant aspects of energy efficiency in key urban fields from a city perspective: the technologies, thoughts, processes and innovations that are already underway yet in need of more work - “peppered with” energy smart city success stories.

As mutual learning is crucial, sharing experiences with other EU-projects is highly valuable: We were very happy that Christos Nychtis from the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving presented the EU FP7 project InSMART (“Integrated Urban Planning for a Smart City Transformation”) and shared his experiences on smart city transitions.

Though big progress towards the energy efficient smart city has already been made, there are still challenges to tackle. Through the run of the project, several research gaps have been identified. Javier Campillo from Mälardalen University presented the results which are summarized in the research agenda, accessible online at
The Final Conference was moderated by PLEEC project coordinator Mikael Kullman (Eskilstuna Energy and Management).

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Program: PLEEC Final Conference

8 March 2016, HafenCity University Hamburg

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Introduction - Welcoming words

Eric Lecomte, DG Energy

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Cities driving the transition to a sustainable energy regime

Carsten Rothballer, Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Europe)

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Roundtable discussion: Becoming an energy smart city: An integrated and place- based approach

Prof. Rudolf Giffinger, Technical University of Vienna, Austria; Dr. Christian Fertner, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Prof. Erik Dahlquist, Mälardalen University, Sweden; Ms Annika Kunnasvirta, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland

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Roundtable discussion: Energy Efficiency Action Plans, Experiences and crucial steps

Kristina Birath, City of Eskilstuna; Kaspar Alev, City of Tartu; Risto Veivo, City of Turku; Laura Ahonen, City of Jyväksylä; Fernando Suarez Lorenzo, City of Santiago de Compostela

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The PLEEC model for energy efficiency and sustainable city planning

Lotta Ek, Eskilstuna municipality, Sweden

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Green Thoughts, Green Futures

Annika Kunnasvirta, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland

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Integrated urban planning for a Smart City transformation – the INSMART project approach

Christos Nychtis, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Greece

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Future Steps – the legacy of PLEEC

Mikael Kullman, Eskilstuna Energy and Environment, Sweden; Javier Campillo, Mälardalen University, Sweden

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