AREA 21 brings together ten partners from the Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Germany, Finland, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The partners represent local and regional authorities, energy companies and research institutes, with extensive experience in the fields of energy planning, citizen participation and strategy development and close links to the target groups of the project. This guarantees access to relevant information and direct communication during the implementation of local activities. The project partnership is supported by a network of associated organisations, including: city administrations; energy companies and housing organisations from the partner cities; national ministries with a focus on energy and environment; international organisations and networks such as EUROCITIES and the Union of the Baltic Cities.

HafenCity University Hamburg

HafenCity University HamburgTown: Hamburg
Region: Hamburg
Country: Germany

Contact person: Jörg Knieling; Galya Vladova
Phone: +49 40 428 27 4530
E-mail: joerg.knieling((a))hcu-hamburg.de; galya.vladova((a))hcu-hamburg.de
Web: www.hcu-hamburg.de


HafenCity University Hamburg brings together all areas of study and research, which are needed for understanding and designing the built environment. The Institute for Urban Planning and Regional Development has a sustainable and interdisciplinary focus with key research interests in climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental protection and green energy transitions. The research concentrates on policy and stakeholder analysis, land use planning, evaluation and application of planning instruments, development and testing of innovative methods and tools to support policy and planning to avoid land use conflicts, and to promote the utilisation of renewable energy.

Currently, the Institute conducts research on the topics smart cities and resource efficiency (e.g. in the project mySMARTLife) and circular city (e.g. in the projects FORCE, and REPAiR)

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Tampere University of Applied SciencesTown: Tampere
Region: Manner-Suomi
Country: Finland

Contact person: Aija Paananen
Phone: +358 504 113 625
E-mail: aija.paananen((a))tamk.fi
Web: www.tamk.fi


Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is a leading scientific institution located in the region of Pirkanmaa, Finland. TAMK has 10,000 students, over 40 degree programs and a vast number of cooperations with foreign academic and research institutes. The University and its researchers have extensive knowledge and experience with the invention and application of innovations to reduce energy consumption and city carbon emissions. The School of Construction and Environmental Engineering has an extensive knowledge base in building services engineering and practical experience in the development of new technological solutions for energy efficiency, electrical safety and facility automation.

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityTown: St. Petersburg
Region: Northwestern Federal District
Country: Russia

Contact person: Yury Nurulin
Phone: +7 931 308 80 18
E-mail: yury.nurulin((a))gmail.com
Web: www.spbstu.ru


Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University also known as St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, was founded in 1898. It is a leading Russian scientific institution, which provides education and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas including engineering, energy planning, resource efficiency and natural sciences. The Polytechnic University has a number of established cooperations with foreign companies and universities and hosts numerous international symposiums and conferences. The Institute of Industrial Management and Economy promotes multi-disciplinary education and research through the integration of engineering disciplines, economics and management. Together the Institute and University work towards a common goal to design and implement regional policies in the field of energy planning and energy efficiency, low-carbon solutions and resilience to climate change.

Kohtla – Järve Town Government

Kohtla – Järve Town GovernmentTown: Kohtla-Järve
Region: Ida-Viru County
Country: Estonia

Contact person: Jelena Dulneva
Phone: +372 3 378 538
E-mail: jelena.dulneva((a))kjlv.ee
Web: www.kohtla-jarve.ee


Kohtla-Järve Town Government is a local authority with a strong experience in undertaking EU funded international projects. The town of Kohtla-Järve has a population of 35,000 inhabitants and is situated in Ida-Virumaa, Estonia’s most promising region for industrial growth. Kohtla-Järve’s industry has been established by oil shale mining and oil shale processing, which continue to play a key role in the economic development of the town and the region. Presently, the second largest oil shale producer in the world – AS Viru Keemia Grupp – is located in Kohtla-Järve. Together the Town Government and local companies work to improve the quality of the town’s physical environment, and channel sustainable investments to improve existing technical infrastructure, including the implementation of energy saving solutions.

Tartu Regional Energy Agency

Tartu Regional Energy AgencyTown: Tartu
Region: EESTI
Country: Estonia

Contact person: Martin Kikas
Phone: +372 7 635 374
E-mail: martin.kikas((a))trea.ee
Web: www.trea.ee


Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) is a non-governmental organisation that was established in 2009 by Tartu City Government to implement efficient energy management methodologies and practices in Southern Estonia. TREA provides independent and objective advice about energy management to local stakeholders, municipalities and household owners. The Agency is prominently known for fostering cooperation between the public and private sector. Through its experts, the Agency has strong competencies in energy efficient buildings and renewable solutions; the sustainability and feasibility of local district heating systems; and energy management and planning. In recent years, TREA has been involved at a national level in cooperation with Estonian Ministries, particularly related to the housing sector.

City of Tampere

City of TampereTown: Tampere
Region: Manner-Suomi
Country: Finland

Contact person: Elina Seppänen
Phone: +358 408 007 253
E-mail: Elina.Seppanen((a))tampere.fi
Web: www.tampere.fi


Tampere is the third largest city in Finland with a population of 230,000 inhabitants, and is the administrative centre of the Tampere Region. Tampere is an important centre for research and commerce and has a long history as an industry hub. The city authority is responsible for energy planning at the local scale. It also manages the implementation of regional plans and of the Smart Tampere Programme. The Program aims to strengthen smart ecosystems and solutions in different fields and in cooperation with companies, public sector actors and citizens. Smart buildings and infrastructure is one of the key themes in the Programme and a core priority for the city. Tampere is involved in several EU-funded projects that promote energy efficiency through strategic energy planning and stakeholder involvement.

Region Skåne

Region Skåne

Town: Lund
Region: Södra Sverige
Country: Sweden

Contact person: Stig Persson
Phone: +46 46 172 699
E-mail: stig.p.persson((a))skane.se
Web: www.skane.se


Region Skåne is a regional authority in Sweden, responsible for health care, public transport, business development, culture, infrastructure, social planning, environmental and climate-related issues. The authority has 34,000 employees and comprises 33 municipalities. In close cooperation with higher education institutes and the private sector, it plays a leading role in promoting health and sustainable growth to achieve a “World Class Quality of Life”. As part of this vision, Skåne follows an ambitious long-term Environmental Programme, which provides guidance on fossil fuel free, climate neutral and climate friendly development, based on sustainable use of resources.

Öresundskraft AB

Öresundskraft ABTown: Helsingborg
Region: Södra Sverige
Country: Sweden

Contact person: Patrik Hermansson
Phone: +46 704 183 475
E-mail: Patrik.Hermansson((a))oresundskraft.se
Web: www.oresundskraft.se


Öresundskraft is a Swedish energy company in the Öresund Region servicing more than 260,000 customers with electricity, district heating and cooling, natural gas and broadband. Öresundskraft is wholly owned by the citizens of Helsingborg and is committed to providing “Energy for a better world. Power for the region”. To achieve this goal, the company supports the development of more efficient production and distribution of heating and electricity and promotes smart resource use, presently producing four fifths of district heating through waste heat, residual waste and biofuel. Öresundskraft encourages electric cars, smart energy solutions and invests in local wind power. Together with Region Skåne the company has signed a Letter of Intent to support the implementation of the region’s Fossil Fuel Free Strategy.

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Free and Hanseatic City of HamburgTown: Hamburg
Region: Hamburg
Country: Germany

Contact person: Steffen Sperlich
Phone: +49 40 428 81 – 3157
E-mail: area21((a))wandsbek.hamburg.de
Web: www.hamburg.de


The District Office of Wandsbek is one of the seven regional public authorities of the State city administration of Hamburg. The Office is a service provider for issues related to the development in the district of Wandsbek, including climate related actions that align with the goals and guidance of the Climate Plan of Hamburg. In Wandsbek, all climate relevant tasks are coordinated by the Specialist Office of Technical Environmental Protection. The Office is currently facilitating a first of its kind municipal climate protection project funded by the national and city government. The project comprises the phases initial advice, climate actions concept and climate action management and will identify and implement cross-sectoral climate-saving measures. The improvement of existing building stock energy efficiency is among the key priorities for future climate actions in the district.

City of Lublin

City of LublinTown: Lublin
Region: Wschodni
Country: Poland

Contact person: Monika Klos
Phone: 48 814 662 850
E-mail: projekty((a))lublin.eu
Web: www.lublin.eu


The City of Lublin is the administrative centre of Lubelskie Voivodship and capital of Lublin Region. Home to 345,000 inhabitants, the city has the largest population in Eastern Poland and provides key educational institutions, cultural infrastructure and commerce. With a population of almost 65,000 students, Lublin is an academic centre recognized in Poland and abroad. The economy of Lublin relies heavily on small and medium-sized enterprises, while the high-tech and advanced service sectors are relatively small. Lublin has introduced modern environmentally-friendly solutions across the City including mobility and energy planning initiatives. The Energy Management Office of the Municipality of Lublin is involved in energy purchasing; it consults spatial development plans and monitors the implementation of the new Low-Carbon Economy Plan. The Plan promotes renewable energy sources and identifies areas for energy efficiency improvements.