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Sustainable city planning in action:
the STEP UP project

STEP UP (Strategies STEP UP cities have also Sustainable Urban Planning is essential for cities
Towards Energy undertaken an inventory of
Performance and Urban existing projects to identify SEAP and developing their own
Planning) is an EU best practice solutions and the innovative projects.
FP7 energy and sustainability elements that contributed to
planning project in which four their success. A total of 36 best As part of STEP UP, both the
European cities – Ghent, Glasgow, practice projects have been University of Strathclyde and
Gothenburg and Riga – are identified, all of which contribute Riga Technical University
enhancing their Sustainable to the EU 2020 goals of energy have developed new Masters
Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and efficiency, lower greenhouse programmes that draw on the
integrating energy planning gas emissions and an increase in experiences and outputs from
into their wider city plans and renewable energy. the project. These programmes
strategies. The project, which seek to deliver a growing number
runs from November 2012 to The scope and focus of the of high quality graduates who
July 2015, is a partnership of projects varies widely, from large have the necessary knowledge,
twelve organisations, consisting district heating networks to small skills and capabilities to deliver
of local government, research retrofit developments. From the sustainable city planning in
and commercial partners in each list of 36 best practice projects, practice around the world. Both
of the four cities. STEP UP aims nine have been identified as programmes will start in 2015
to bring together excellence in lighthouse initiatives which are and will continue to be taught as
energy planning and low carbon based on an integrated approach part of the legacy of the STEP UP
energy projects from these cities to project development, bringing project. l
to create a coherent and easy-to- together several sectors and
use model for energy planning. actors in innovative ways. For more information on the STEP UP project go
Through enhancing the cities’ These projects have potential for Follow us on Twitter: @StepUpEu
existing SEAPs and creating a replication, either in part or in
model for energy planning, STEP their entirety, and have specific STEP UP will also be at EU Sustainable Energy
UP is helping to develop strategies success factors that other cities Week in Brussels from 16-18 June – please visit
and projects that can contribute can learn from. A new publication the website for more information.
to meeting Europe’s 2020 energy which offers guidance to cities
and climate change targets, as developing their own innovative
well as delivering wider policy projects, using the lighthouse
objectives such as improving initiatives as examples, is available
security of energy supply, tackling on the STEP UP website.
fuel poverty, achieving urban
regeneration, economic growth; STEP UP also engages with other
making the cities better places to cities in a Learning Network,
live, work, learn and do business. where excellence and best
All four cities’ enhanced SEAPs practice in energy planning and
have been finalised, and a guide integrated energy solutions are
for other cities developing their shared. Selected participants
own enhanced SEAPs has been in the network have become
produced (available at companion cities, receiving coaching on producing a city
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