Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning
The STEP-UP project brought together four European cities – Glasgow, Ghent, Gothenburg and Riga, along with research organisations and businesses – with the aim to improve the integration of energy and urban planning, to help cities enhance their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), as developed under the European Commission’s Covenant of Mayors initiative, and to develop innovative projects at the intersection of the transport, energy and ICT sectors. STEP-UP took an integrated approach to energy planning, project design and implementation by addressing three themes together: energy and technology, economics, and organisation and stakeholders.
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 was adopted in multiple cities to deliver faster and greater impacts for Europe’s 2020 energy targets.
The STEP-UP project produced two guidebooks: Developing enhanced Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Developing sustainable energy projects. The first one aims 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. The second one presents 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.
In addition, as part of the STEP-UP project, the University of Strathclyde has developed a new Master programme, which draws on real-world experiences and outputs from STEP-UP. The MSc in Global Sustainable Cities is an innovative programme focused on tackling major urban opportunities and issues.