As the project approaches its final phase, we are excited to share further results and three publications which have been published, all dealing with issues related to Energy Improvement Districts (EID): Policy Recommendations, a Guide to the Energy Improvement District Concept and a Guide to Energy Planning and Management Tools. It is a collection of the key lessons learnt from intensive and extensive collaboration and transnational learning.

  • Recommendations for Policy Improvements for Cooperative Energy Planning in BSR Cities and Regions introduces the central policy recommendations that are informed by transnational learning and the partners’ and local policymakers’ experiences. It represents the position of AREA 21 in terms of principles, goals and policy recommendations for collaborative processes in the strategic planning and implementation of energy solutions and focuses on improving action on energy efficiency at the local and regional levels. The position paper is available here (pdf).
  • The Guide on the Energy Improvement District Concept summarizes the primary outcomes and experiences of implementing the AREA21 project. The concept facilitates the pooling of competencies, ideas and joint activities between public and private stakeholders for energy efficiency planning and implementation. The authors present the EID concept with its main features, benefits and success stories of its implementation, as well as the challenges and coping strategies involved in the process. They show that EIDs can be a relevant instrument to successfully reach climate goals and boost local cooperation with several spillover effects for the different stakeholders and sectors. The EID concept also offers transferrable modules, guidelines and frameworks that can be applied in any situation. Explore the EID Guide here (pdf).
    Besides the full guide, there is also an abridged version in the form of a 28-page “Summary Report” of the findings, if you are short on time and prefer a brief overview. Download the Booklet “Energy Improvement Districts – A Model Instrument for Low-Emission Cities” here (pdf).
  • The Guide to Energy Planning and Management Tools explores the potential of ICT-based tools to involve citizens, tenants, owners and technical experts in the planning and implementation of energy efficiency measures. This guide is intended to assist a wide range of urban stakeholders in sharing knowledge on ICT-supported energy planning tools and developing energy applications, e.g. housing maintenance and municipal staff, urban engineers, and energy operators preparing for ICT-supported smart city applications. It is also intended to support housing associations, neighbourhood societies, urbanists and citizens in their daily urban practices and energy consumption. Read the document here (pdf).

We are proud to share our findings with you. Enjoy the read!