Last week marked the end of the FP7-project STEP UP, a project that has delivered models for integrated city and energy planning.
STEP UP, an acronym for ‘Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning’, ran from 2012 until 2015 and held its closing session at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015.
Based on the experiences and know-how of the participating cities Ghent, Glasgow, Gothenburg and Riga, STEP UP has delivered learning tools on the enhancement of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and easy-to-use models for energy planning which can be replicated in cities across Europe.
STEP UP’s available tools include the guidebook Developing enhanced Sustainable Energy Action Plans: A STEP UP guide for cities, which gives recommendations on how to develop or enhance a SEAP. Another guidebook, Developing Sustainable Energy Projects: A STEP UP guide for cities, offers advice on how to develop sustainable energy projects with the highest possible impact.
While the project’s approach has already been tested and tried in STEP UP’s Companion Cities, the learning tools are meant for replication in other cities. Further resources and examples of lighthouse initiatives can be found on the STEP UP website.