Framework for reports on urban energy planning in 6 case cities: PLEEC Report D4.1

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The purpose of this report (Deliverable 4.1) is to provide guidance for the work on Deliverable 4.2 (D4.2). D4.2 will consist of six separate case study reports (or ‘city reports’, one for each of the 6 PLEEC cities) which will be conducted by different persons of the Work package 4 (WP4)-team. 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 main addressee is the WP4-team who will work on the case study reports (D4.2). The wider target group are other PLEEC partners who are interested in WP4’s work as well as other professionals who would like to get inspiration how to conduct an analysis of energy issues in relation to spatial planning and urban form in medium-sized cities.

Five main chapters are suggested to follow in all case study reports:
• Overview of city (geography, socio-economic, history, …)
• Historical urban development and spatial planning development
• Evolution of national and local energy planning
• Management of urban planning and energy today
• Pilot projects / good examples of sustainable development which evolved out of the planning system

This document is based on a continuous discussion between UCPH and TUD since July 2013, review of literature, the WP4 workshop in Stoke-on-Trent in November 2013, discussions undertaken around the virtual WP4 kick-off meeting in February 2014 with city partners and the WP4 workshop in Turku in March 2014. Some background material can be found in the Annex. Notes from the meetings are available on the internal PLEEC homepage.

The PLEEC project
Energy efficiency is high on the European agenda. One of the goals of the European Union's 20-20-20 plan is to improve energy efficiency by 20% in 2020. However, holistic knowledge about energy efficiency potentials in cities is far from complete. Currently, a variety of individual strategies and approaches by different stakeholders tackling separate key aspects hinders strategic energy efficiency planning.

For this reason, the PLEEC project – "Planning for Energy Efficient Cities" – funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme uses an integrative approach to achieve the sustainable, energy–efficient, smart city. By coordinating strategies and combining best practices, PLEEC will develop a general model for energy efficiency and sustainable city planning.

By connecting scientific excellence and innovative enterprises in the energy sector with ambitious and well-organized cities, the project aims to reduce energy use in Europe in the near future and will therefore be an important tool contributing to the EU's 20-20-20 targets.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEU-FP7 project PLEEC
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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