Planning for Energy Efficient Cities
By connecting scientific excellence and innovative enterprises in the energy sector with ambitious and well-organised cities, the PLEEC project aimed to reduce energy use in Europe contributing to the EU´s 20-20-20 targets. Through the run of the project, the project consortium developed individual Energy Efficiency Action Plans for the six PLEEC cities on how to improve their energy efficiency in a strategic and holistic way considering their technological, structural and behavioural capabilities. In order to make this knowledge accessible to further European cities a model for energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning has been developed.
The main project outcomes were individual Energy Efficiency Action Plans (EEAP) for the six PLEEC cities on how to improve their energy efficiency in a strategic and holistic way considering their technological, structural and behavioural capabilities.
In order to make this knowledge available to further European cities the project developed the PLEEC model for energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning, which is a guide for European city planners how to successfully develop an EEAP. The guide consists of the project partners’ joint experiences from developing the six EEAPs.
By taking part of the model content, through literature studies, checklists, movies and city partners' advice, the reader gets a strong base to initiate the action plan. One of the lessons from PLEEC is that understanding local conditions in different cities is key to developing an EEAP which can be successfully implemented. No action can be copied from one city to another but by sharing experiences we can come a long way towards a more energy efficient future.
The PLEEC tool has gathered the experiences from all the 18 partners of PLEEC in their efforts to study energy efficiency planning in cities and to develop the EEAPs for the 6 partner cities. The EEAP is a document where goals and actions in energy efficiency are clearly stated. The EEAP is also a valuable tool for communication to stakeholders, who improve the chances of successful implementation of energy efficiency measures. The PLEEC tool guides other cities through the process of writing their EEAP. On what should we focus? What pitfalls should we avoid? How do we choose actions to reach our goal?
The PLEEC Map illustrates some of the data collected in the EU-FP7 project PLEEC and a Danish spin-off project. The shown indicators were defined in PLEEC's work package 2 as part of the Energy-Smart City indicator model.
This booklet presents the main findings of the PLEEC project. Within the PLEEC framework, five key fields of urban development have been identified: green buildings and land use, mobility and transport, technical infrastructure, production and consumption and energy supply. 'Green Thoughts, Green Futures' explores the most relevant aspects of energy efficiency in these key urban fields from a city perspective: the technologies, thoughts, processes and innovations that are already underway yet in need of more work.