Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning

Project Details

Project date: 
November, 2012 to April, 2015
Contact Person: 
Richard Bellingham
University of Strathclyde

Budget Information

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

Pilot Cities

  1. Riga
  2. Göteborg
  3. Glasgow
  4. Gent

STEP UP drew on the partner cities’ existing experience of integrated energy planning, building on this through learning and adapting experience from other cities and partners to create a coherent and easy-to-use model for energy planning. This model will be adopted in multiple cities to deliver faster and greater impacts for Europe's 2020 energy targets. It will also help deliver wider policy objectives such as improving security of energy supplies, achieving urban regeneration, economic growth, and tackling fuel poverty – making these cities better places to live, work, learn and do business.

STEP UP took an integrated approach to energy planning, integrated project design and implementation by addressing three themes together: energy and technology, economics, organisation and stakeholders. 

Within the STEP-UP project the following guidelines and training practices were developed: 

  • Several guidebooks:
    • for developing enhanced Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). The aim is to provide guidance and recommendations, using examples from demonstration sites and sets out the key steps, tools, approaches and methods, and advice for each step of the process.
    • for developing Sustainable Energy Projects. The aim is to present key points for cities to consider in the planning stages of a new low carbon or sustainability project. It may be useful for city planners, municipalities, energy strategists and business developers in the European context.
  • Training courses in sustainable city planning within a Learning Network. Training is delivered using variety of methods including workshops, webinars and seminars, and sessions are grouped by themes – integrated energy planning, SEAP development, stakeholder engagement, district heating, energy from waste, energy service companies, business models and finance, political support, tools for project planning and development.
  • Masters Programmes in the University of Strathclyde and Riga Technical University which aim to deliver knowledge, skills and capabilities in sustainable city planning to high quality graduates.

MSc Global Sustainable Cities at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

As part of the STEP UP project the University of Strathclyde has developed new Master programme which draw on real world experiences and outputs from STEP UP. The MSc in Global Sustainable Cities is an innovative programme focussed on tackling major urban opportunities and issues.

The Masters is designed to provide students with: 

  • A holistic understanding of how cities work
  • The tools to redesign city systems, raise finance, and gain political and community support for transformative city strategies and projects
  • Experience in applying their knowledge and skills through project placements with organisations tackling urban sustainability challenges

Quick video guide: Enhancing SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plans)