Having almost reached the end of Multiply, Legambiente, between the second half of 2021 and the first months of 2022, has decided to travel among the cities participating in the project, in order to monitor the development of actions on environmental sustainability and citizen participation in the political life of their municipalities. During these visits, video interviews were carried out describing not only the results achieved within the project, but also other virtuous actions undertaken by the administrations during the last few years, aimed at improving the quality of life within the community.

Bild Workshop 23.03.22The MULTIPLY project has achieved a new milestone in Austria bringing the topic integrated transport, energy and urban planning one step closer to the municipalities. Between November 2021 and March 2022 Climate Alliance Austria has organized three online workshops for policy makers, municipality representatives and city planners. The goal of the workshops was to promote the benefits of integrated urban planning and to disseminate the tools and info packs developed within the project. 

WSED WelsA poster of the MULTIPLY project was displayed at the World Sustainable Energy Days last week. More than 650 people from all over the world attended the conference in Wels (Austria) and an even higher number of people followed the event online.

The main topics of the conference organized by the OÖ Energiesparverband were energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency and smart e-mobility. Next year the World Sustainable Energy Days will take place again in Wels.

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At the Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network Partnership Conference in May, Zsófia Pej, climate programme leader at Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute will present the experiences and outcomes of MULTIPLY project including valuable good practices and supporting tools that are now available.

 

GrodziskMaz parkingladThe expansion of the P + R parking infrastructure is to encourage some drivers to resign from cars in favor of collective transport. The ambition of the authorities is to limit the way of traveling that is the least favorable for the functioning of the city. Fewer cars in the city center means less traffic jams, less emissions and less smog in winter.

minsk 1Engaging residents in decision-making processes is one of the key aspects for the optimal functioning of local governments. An increasing number of cities and municipalities decide to introduce participatory (civic) budgets in which residents decide by popular vote on the activities of local governments related to the implementation of investments in a given area. Another tool of this type is the Local Initiative, in the framework of which informal groups may submit project ideas with the contribution of residents. Having a real impact on the activities carried out in their own area, the residents have a sense of empowerment and belonging, and try to achieve the most beneficial effects. On the other hand, local governmens strengthen their ties with local communities and can effectively manage their areas.

Ostroleka rower 2City of Ostrołęka makes sure that residents do not have to travel by car, but can choose either their own or city bike for transport. The city's bike infrastructure has been enriched with four more repair stations. The new facilities are located at the city bike rental stations. Each station is equipped with tools and accessories enabling the ongoing maintenance of two-wheelers. The following are available on site: a cross screwdriver, a flat screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, two flat wrenches, a set of hexes and two tire levers with a steel core. An extremely useful and practical element is, above all, a stationary hand pump with a plunger and a pressure gauge.

industry g0879126be 1280Urban planning provides answers to questions about the functioning of communities in a given area, which involves many challenges of a complex, multifaceted nature. The absolute need to meet the different needs of the inhabitants at the same time creates competition for space and resources, which is disadvantageous from the user’s point of view. For this reason dealing with the challenges in a sectoral way is not efficient and one might even say impossible, due to the complexity of the links between them. The answer to these problems lies in cooperation between the different sectors in order to achieve maximum benefits. Such actions are known as integrated urban planning.

zd BydgoszczIn 2030, Bydgoszcz will be a city where every resident will find appropriate conditions for development. It will be a city that provides the best solutions at every stage of life – a good place to live.

Vision of the City of Bydgoszcz, SECAP, 2021

Bydgoszcz adopted the “Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan 2030 (SECAP)” by resolution of the City Council on 27 October 2021. It is the second city in Poland, out of almost 80 declaring the same goals, that has realised this task. SECAP is a strategic document, important from the point of view of sustainable development as well as energy consumption. Its aim is to gain a detailed understanding of the energy situation of the city (or municipality) and to identify a range of actions to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. It is also a conscious step towards local adaptation to climate change.

1Energy management, transport and spatial planning in the municipality were discussed during another workshop organised within the MULTIPLY project in Sztum. On October 6th, after the workshop part of the event, the participants had an opportunity to take part in a study visit, during which they visited the Veolia Heat Plant in Sztum and a wind farm located on the premises of the municipality.

After welcoming the guests and representatives of the city participating in the project by Ms. Anna Jaskuła – Executive Director of the Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” and Mr. Leszek Tabor – Mayor of Sztum, the participants gathered in the boardroom of the magistrate’s office had an opportunity to recall the main assumptions of the project, its activities to date and the planned results. After a short introduction Ms. Patrycja Płonka – Project Manager of the Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” presented the political and legal framework of the energy transformation in the European Union and its influence on the situation and tasks of local governments in Poland.