From energy transition to public participation.
The European event focused on all the good practices aimed at decarbonisation, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, the use of renewable sources and public participation.
The first European conference organised by Legambiente took place online on 16 April as part of the Horizon2020 Multiply project funded by the European Commission and dedicated to best practices in decarbonisation, the development of renewable sources, efficiency policies, sustainable mobility, and participation. In other words, the issues at the heart of the European Green Deal and the ecological transition that will have to lead the old continent towards the 2050 climate objectives.
Read more: Big European Exchange
From 25-29 October 2021, we celebrated the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) - the largest event in Europe, organised by the European Commission, dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. This year's edition was held under the theme: 'Direction 2030: transforming Europe's energy system', and the MULTIPLY project was given a special place on the agenda: it was the topic of one of the EnergyTalks.
Read more: Multinational experiences of developing local energy plans, supported by a peer-to-peer process
Within the project the Dutch design offices Generation.Energy and PosadMaxwan hosted expert workshops to share their experiences on integrated urban planning with all committed- and forerunner cities, as well as to support their represenatatives with solving most pending challenges with further development of the specific city districts or areas. Both organisations have large experience in the topic, as they encourage sustainability through integrated planning in many of their projects implemented on the regional, local and district level, thus they could share useful inputs allowing participating cities to look at their problems from different angles, think of possible solutions and of who to involve in their implementation.
Read more: Expert workshops on integrated planning
The consortium meets regularly to discuss the project, its past and upcoming tasks, exchange on the main challenges encountered and their possible solutions, as well as to share success stories. And we already have quite many of them! Until now following meetings took place:
- 1st meeting in Radolfzell (24-25.01.2019): the meeting gave the partners an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss how to support the uptake of integrated urban planning in European municipalities. They also discussed how to organise the city competition, as well as how to reach the vastest possible group of potentially interested cities.
- 2nd meeting in Cracow (30.09-01.10.2019): during the meeting the partners shared results of their national city competitions, as well as started drafting peer-learning plan to ensure efficient, interesting and interactive exchanges between participating municipalities. Apart from that, workshop on project dissemination and exploitation was conducted, where partners discussed what future results and products will be especially worth sharing with different target groups.
- 3rd meeting on-line (13.03.2020): since the meeting in Cracow the world situation changed a lot and instead in picturesque Graz, the partners had to meet virtually. Despite difficulties, the consortium managed to have efficient exchanges on the national P2P plans, key learnings from the 1st round of workshops with cities and the energy plans to be developed by committed cities. They also took part in a mock up workshop for technical planning staff facilitated by PoadMaxwan and GE, experienced Dutch partners.
- 4th meeting on-line (14-15.10.2020): being more and more experienced with using different tools facilitating on-line exchanges and workshops, the partners worked on ideas on how to spread national and European guidelines and info packs developed within MULTIPLY efficiently among other municipalities, how to get the maximum out of the ongoing P2P processes, how to support cities with the development of Energy Plans and how to create meaningful European exchange components in these challenging times.
- 5th meeting on-line (21.05.2021): the meeting focused on the analysis of partners and municipalities views’ of the already advanced P2P learning process, discussing status quo of the work on national and European guidelines on integrated urban planning, as well as on the state-of-the art with the work on local energy plans. The consortium also started planning European conference, that would be – let’s hope – final opportunity to meet in person both for partners and city representatives.