The Energy Future of our Cities


Energy Cities started the IMAGINE initiative in 2006 as a follow-up of a discussion with member cities interested in the long-term perspective and a visioning approach of energy and territorial issues.

Need for change

The main idea behind this initiative lies in the fact that although an increasing number of cities are committing themselves to achieving the European objectives, notably through the Covenant of Mayors, they are also coming up against several obstacles. One of them being the difficulty for cities, their stakeholders and citizens to imagine, evaluate and accept the extent of the changes that are needed. Helping overcome such obstacles is the objective of the IMAGINE initiative as a platform for foresight, collaboration and exchanges, leading to action and change.

A vision for the future of cities

The IMAGINE initiative focuses on inspiring change and developing the concept of “low-energy city with a high quality of life for all” in order to contribute to enriching the reflections and strategies of social, institutional and economic players at all levels.

In this framework, the idea of an INTERREG project proposal is based on the efforts of cities, among which some have been participating in the IMAGINE initiative by attending seminars or starting to involve local stakeholders in the definition of a local vision towards a low-energy future for their city.

The project gathers 10 partners: Energy Cities – coordinator, HafenCity Univerty-academic partner, and 8 pilot-cities.
These partners have committed to engaging local stakeholders around the local authority in order to build together their local Energy Roadmaps 2050.

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Governance and Vision

Governance and Vision

Visions of cities towards a low-energy future

Imagine, life is great! We have created resilient cities independent of fossil fuel that are vibrant, prosperous places to live, work and grow. Everyday people walk or bike safely to their jobs and have access within walking distance to all their daily needs because we have built human-scale neighbourhoods.