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Review: 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum and PLEEC partner meeting in Tartu - Planning for energy efficient cities (PLEEC)

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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Fruitful discussions on separate tables - each city was supported by university experts - led to an inspiring exchange of knowledge and local experiences as each city is underlying individual conditions.

Additionally, key questions on how to successfully build up the “model for energy efficienct city planning” were discussed in the format of a World-Café (discussion groups at rotative tables). The model will be implemented as a “model website” - being one element of the PLEEC project website - and will serve as a hands-on guideline on how to plan for and write an Energy Efficiency Action Plan - especially for cities outside of the PLEEC partner consortium.

At the General Assembly Meeting the entire partner consortium jointly discussed questions on “beyond PLECC”. How can the results of this project be made sustainable, how to ensure that other cities outside of the partner consortium can learn from the results of the PLEEC project, how to identify contact points with essential stakeholders?

A study visit to Tartu´s energy efficient neighborhoods and a practical workshop on LED sustainable lighting provided the practical point of view and completed the internal project meeting.

The 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and liveable regions. Urban-rural interactions” on 24 September 2015 – organized in cooperation with the Nordic-Baltic partnership conference – focused on how to plan for resilient and livable regions. Three parallel panels (smart governance, society, resources) provided insights into important thematic issues of sustainable urban planning.

The key message was that adaptability is one of the central issues of the planning process which requires flexibility, constant rethinking and regular exchange with stakeholders and surroundings.

PLEEC project coordinator Mikael Kullman moderated the resource panel. Central outcomes of the discussions within the three panels can be found at: http://www.norden.ee.