Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning

Project Details

Project date: 
October, 2013 to September, 2015
Contact Person: 
Euken Sesé
Municipality of San Sebastian

Budget Information

EU contribution: 
Total cost : 
Funding programme: 
1- Strategic sustainable planning and screening of city plans,

Pilot Cities

  1. Bristol
  2. San Sebastian
  3. Firenze

STEEP was an innovative European project delivered in partnership between the cities of San Sebastian (Spain), Bristol (United Kingdom) and Florence (Italy). These cities decided to join together to improve efficiency along all the key aspects of their energy value chain, by applying smart city concepts in an integrated manner while learning from each other’s expertise in applying sustainable practices.

The STEEP project created a process model of systems-based thinking for district energy master planning, which was be applied to three city districts to better understand the systems that impact upon energy use and the interventions that can be taken to meet the ambitious energy and carbon targets.

These models were enriched and validated through open innovation methodologies applied with the stakeholders. The learning obtained from the process model for district energy master planning was then applied when defining a specific action plan (time line, costs and pay-back periods) at city level. With the knowledge gathered in this process, a replicable open source methodology and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were produced for developing and screening integrated Smart City Plans.

The KPIs will also allow other cities to use the STEEP methodology to produce their own energy and Smart City Plans KPIs will serve to monitor performance and, at some point, benchmark the situation of each city (compared to STEEP cities or other cities that use the list of KPIs).