European Projects


FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholder engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe.


URBAN LEARNING gathers cities to exchange and work on improving governance structures for integrative urban energy planning.

It aims to:

  • involve key stakeholders for significantly increasing the dialogue and common understanding (city administration, utility, developers) on integrative urban energy planning in view of new societal, organizational and technological challenges
  • enhance the institutional capacity of administrations of leading European cities to plan urban (re-) development areas in an integrated manner improved planning coordination between the city and infrastructure providers and energy suppliers.

The SPECIAL project aims to foster the exchange of experiences and competence building amongst national and regional town planning associations and organisations with the aim to demonstrate the integration of sustainable energy aspects into spatial planning strategies at local and regional levels.

The project stimulates the improved energy related competence of town planners working within public authorities leading to good practice examples on integrated spatial planning strategies for low carbon towns and regions. To achieve this, the partners organise training programmes, workshops, study visits not only to improve the competence of their own planning organisations but also of ‘multiplier networks’ that represent town planners.


The SUSREG project aims at improving the knowledge, attitudes and skills of professional planners through a 3-stage capacity building programme including on-the-job training of planners on real case examples. While working on their case studies, the regional planners test the theoretical concepts and tools collected and pilot the didactical method applied.


multEE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to improve the consistency and quality of energy efficiency policy planning and implementation through innovative monitoring and verification schemes as well as through improved coordination between different administrative levels.


Roadmaps for Energy (R4E) is an EU funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme that aims to develop a new type of energy strategy through visions and roadmaps for 8 partner cities, in co-creation with relevant local stakeholders. The project focuses on three areas within the domain of sustainable energy that are closely linked to the municipalities main responsibilities: smart buildings, smart mobility, smart urban spaces.


RELY is an EU funded project under COST Action TU 1401 that aims to respond on the pressure on decision-makers (e.g. planners, public agencies), communities, and developers to resolve landscape-energy conflicts is increasing, because of the continued roll-out of RE technologies to meet low-carbon energy goals the widespread recognition of the value of European landscapes to people’s wellbeing and the rural economy. New integrated and interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to guide the transformation process towards renewable energies. The Action is aiming at creating a vision and coalition for reconciling renewable energy systems and landscape quality. Build bridges across publics, stakeholders, and sectoral, administrative and national boundaries.


SIMPLA responds to topic EE 7 ‘Enhancing the capacity of public authorities to plan and implement sustainable energy policies and measures’ and its ultimate goal is empowering public authorities to develop, implement and finance sustainable energy policies and actions by creating the conditions for a smart integration between SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plans) and SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) – or similar plans – in cities, towns and their aggregations with a population between 50.000 and 350.000 inhabitants.


EMPOWERING is a project funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme which contributes to the shift of seven EU regions toward low-carbon society by enhancing the capacities of municipalities and regional representatives to shape integrated energy strategies and plans. The project contributes to bridge the gap of skills needed to plan energy measures in the new 2030 framework for Climate and Energy Policy in terms of GHG emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency


PANEL – Partnership for New Energy Leadership 2050 is a sustainable energy network in Central and Eastern Europe. Here relevant local stakeholders collaborate for the creation of local energy visions, strategies and action plans for the transition towards low carbon communities in 2050.


R2CITIES aims to develop and demonstrate an open and easily replicable strategy for designing, constructing, and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. For this purpose, it will be developed a demonstration and dissemination framework of very innovative strategies and solutions for building energy renovation at district level


The CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.


REMOURBAN aims at the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid-Spain, Nottingham-UK and Tepebasi/Eskisehir-Turkey) of a sustainable urban regeneration model that leverages the convergence area of the energy, mobility and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies, organisational and economic solutions to significantly increase resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas. The urban renovation strategy will be focused on the citizens, because they become the cornerstones to making a smart city a reality and will not only be the most affected by the improvements but also be the common factor of each of them.

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