The INTENSSS-PA Consortium was gathered for the Fourth Project meeting in the Dutch City of Groningen on 23-24 October 2017. The meeting was held at the University of Groningen placed in the middle of the City where bikes is the dominant transport measure. Groningen has a car-free city center and is known as one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities.
The meeting was opened by Alfred Kazemier, director of the Spatial Planning department of the municipality of Groningen , who introduced various aspects about the city, including energy related issues. On local scale, the city of Groningen aims to become an energy neutral city by the year 2035 and is therefore actively involved in several energy projects to transition to a sustainable energy landscape
In addition to discussing the project progress, the focus at the meeting was to create an opportunity to discuss the difficulties, successes and failure factors that the INTENSSS-PA Regional Living Labs (RLLs) have experienced in relation to the INTENSSS-PA project.
In relation to the project meeting, a workshop was held including presentations and participants from other initiatives and projects that also involve participatory decision-making approaches.
The event was introduced with presentations about each RLLs’ efforts, initiatives and future plans. These presentations highlighted what the project is also about – namely the exchange of know-how with the aim of inspiring and learning from each other. In between the presentations dialogues about successes and challenges took place for the benefit of the future practice of each RLL.
At the second day, introductory training on major aspects related to integrated sustainable energy planning was provided, as these have been identified within the INTENSSS-PA action. Hence, the focus was on providing a basis for further discussion and identification of specific training needs during the remaining period of the co-planning process.