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TRANSFORMation Agenda for Low Carbon Cities

Project Details

Project date: 
January, 2013 to June, 2015
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Budget Information

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

Pilot Cities

  1. Vienna
  2. Amsterdam
  3. København
  4. Lyon
  5. Genoa
  6. Hamburg

TRANSFORM was a collaboration involving six European cities – Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Genoa (Italy), Hamburg (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Lyon (France) – and 13 partners working together to improve their policy and programmes to lower carbon dioxide emissions.


The project’s integrative approach brought operational plans to a strategic level, including strong stakeholder processes and data analytics, and took into account all relevant energy flows, environmental aspects, urban mobility, and the interrelation of possible measures and their costs. This integration of elements created win-win business models for stakeholders who initially had different interests.

The TRANSFORM project:

  • supported cities with implementation plans embedded in integrated planning;
  • improved insight into stakeholder processes and financial strategies;
  • improved insight on the use of data, and the possibility to find better economics by using analytics.


TRANSFORM developed several tools, methods, instructions and formats to support energy transition in cities, which were designed and tested:

  • ‘Definition of a Smart Energy City’, including KPIs with a special focus on the integration of physical planning and energy flows, utility infrastructure, the use of data and behavioural aspects;
  • in-depth analysis (state of the art) of TRANSFORM cities, including the following aspects: local climate, local energy resources, development history, relation to and control over region, state of economic development, prosperity and social issues, institutional capacity, structure and level of civil society involvement in energy and planning issues, degree of control over energy generation, production and distribution assets (structure of ownership of utility companies, etc.) and energy consumption, transportation patterns, etc.;
  • blank questionnaire that could be used by any city to make a self-assessment on its state of the art in relation to becoming a Smart Energy City’
  • ‘Generic Transformation Agenda’ (Quantitative Decision Support Tool), which supports cities and decision-makers striving towards integrated energy planning. It summarises the experiences and invites other cities to use this Generic Transformation Agenda to develop their specific City Transformation Agenda’
  • Decision Support Environment (DSE): a web-based tool providing the relevant stakeholders in cities with information facilitating informed decision-making, a model for quantitative assessment of the state and progress of Smart Energy City development;
  • TRANSFORM Virtual Handbook.