Logo. STEP UP – Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning. SUMMARY
STEP UP is a European energy and sustainable city planning project that aims to help cities improve their sustainable energy plans. The project is a partnership of twelve organisations consisting of municipal, research and commercial partners in the cities of Ghent, Glasgow, Gothenburg and Riga. Glasgow City Council’s partners are University of Strathclyde and Scottish Power. The project brings together excellence and shared knowledge of energy planning and low carbon energy projects to create a coherent model for sustainable city energy plans that help deliver greater impact on Europe’s 2020 energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon emission reduction targets.
Graham Pinfield, STEP UP Project Manager, Glasgow City Council, 0141 2879121 [email protected]
HOW WE DID IT
STEP UP comprises municipal, research and commercial partners in the four European cities of Ghent, Glasgow, Gothenburg and Riga. Glasgow is represented by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Power and University of Strathclyde.
First stage is an energy
systems analysis: a range of
data sets are used to inform
analyses, showing energy
consumption and flows
across the city, highlighting
key energy loads and
helping highlight potential
The second stage will result in a new city energy plan for Glasgow by the end of 2014 and a range of projects that help deliver Glasgow’s ambition of a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
The project engages multiple stakeholders through partnerships such as the Sustainable Glasgow initiative but the challenge is to engage with a much wider range of stakeholders reflective of multiple sectors in the city.
The project is tackling this by reaching out beyond existing stakeholder fora to engage with other sectors (e.g. the business sector and community and voluntary groups) who are not fully engaged with the energy agenda.
STEP UP will produce a new City Energy Plan for Glasgow based on work carried out through the project and will provide support to other cities wishing to do the same.
STEP UP will have practical benefits to citizens in Glasgow by helping tackle fuel poverty in some of the cities’ most deprived communities. This will build on existing pioneering projects in Glasgow such as the Combined
Heat and Power schemes at the
Wyndford Estate and Ibroxholme.
STEP UP will train energy
professionals in sustainable city
planning. A key outcome of the
project will be to integrate
sustainable energy planning
into Local Development Plans
and other strategies produced
within the council.
WHAT WE LEARNED
The project is only 12 months into its implementation but is already providing support and learning opportunities to a wider network of cities across Europe.
STEP UP has assessed and
identified areas for
development and training in
our Scottish SCA partner cities
and is in the process of
assisting with provision of
bespoke energy training.
STEP UP is helping drive existing best practice on integrated energy solutions such as district heating, combined heat and power, waste to energy projects, smart grids, electric vehicles, sustainable transport and efficient waste and water systems.