After almost three years of intensive collaboration to develop and promote the Energy Improvement District concept, AREA 21 invites you to learn more about its main results through an interactive online event! This includes both a webinar series and an online resource center providing background information on the webinar themes. Save the date for the following webinars:
01 September 2020: Energy Improvement Districts: an Instrument for Local Cooperation on Energy Efficiency – In this webinar, the AREA 21 project partnership provides an introduction to and several examples of the Energy Improvement District (EID) concept as a tool for integrated energy planning and a method to support cities in reaching their emissions reductions goals. EID applies and adapts the improvement district instrument as a model tool for cooperative energy planning and development of energy efficiency improvements. Participants will learn the ins and outs of the EID Concept and how to implement it across a variety of local contexts, and will have the chance to discuss in depth with practitioners.
08 September 2020: Strategic Energy Planning in Urban Districts from a Policy Perspective – This webinar provides a forum on the current issues of energy improvement policy and collaborative processes in the strategic planning and implementation of energy solutions. It focuses on recommendations to improve action on energy efficiency at the local and regional levels. Particular attention will be paid to the role of cooperation among energy stakeholders and across levels of government, and methods to encourage and support this.
15 September 2020: Developing ICT Tools for District-Scale Smart Energy Management – This webinar introduces three ICT tools, their development and implementation in urban districts as part of the AREA 21 project and offers a reflection and discussion of the aspects of smart energy management at the district level. Partners and smart city experts will focus on key issues related to tools’ end-user benefits, complexities and trade-offs, information limits, signal-to-noise paradoxes in big data era, etc., and will open up the conversation with participants to assess qualities, functionalities and merits of ICT tools for urban energy planning in various national and urban contexts.