This handbook is aimed at decision makers in European local authorities searching for new ways to work towards achieving low energy cities. It is intended to give inspiration and practical advice to elected political leaders as well as civil servants to run their own energy transition process at the local level.
In 2012, Energy Cities initiated a collective process aimed at making proposals to accelerate the energy transition of European territories. The 30 Proposals in your hands are the result of part of this collective work.
What makes these Proposals new? These Proposals are based on the observation and analysis of hundreds of practical examples, all stemming from existing practices. Our intention is to make these practices “talk”, to convey their meaning and to show the path they are pointing at, sometimes without us being aware of it.
ENGAGE is all about encouraging individuals to play their part. Through a combination of tips, tools and tactics, as well as success stories from our 12 pioneer cities across Europe, this guidebook will show you how to get citizens and stakeholders excited and involved about their local sustainable energy future.
The “factor 4” by 2050 city will of course be quite different from the city as we know it today, not necessarily in terms of its physical aspect –
because of the inertia of property and street networks – but more in the way people live and use the city.
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.
Our network’s know-how is meant to be spread and shared with those who do, like us, aim for a radical shift in the energy system. In this section we have gathered free studies, reports and recommendations that we have authored or co-authored. Each publication will inspire and guide you in your energy transition work.