Round Table
Strategic Energy Planning in Urban Districts: International Good Practices and Future Policy Perspectives


This year, the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region project AREA 21 chairs a transnational workshop within the Forum. Co-organised by HafenCity University Hamburg (Germany) and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia), the workshop will investigate the potentials and barriers for strategic energy planning in urban districts. It will include an opening keynote speech by Kaisa-Reeta Koskiinen from the City of Helsinki about local approaches to energy transition in the context of climate change. Thereafter, the workshop will explore the perspectives and involvement of local governments, building managers and energy end-users in energy planning processes A series of contributions by the EU-financed projects ActNOW, Effect4Buildings and eTEACHER will demonstrate good practice examples and approaches, which promote energy efficiency in the building stock. The second part of the workshop will include a panel discussion, during which the aforementioned representatives and additional guests will explore current policy challenges and desired policy changes to foster the energy transition in European cities.
The theme of the round table is based on the results of the AREA21 project within the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme and other European projects, which are implemented with the participation of Russian organizations and are aimed at overcoming energy efficiency issues in housing and public utilities and at expanding renewable energy use.
Topics to be discussed:
- barriers to involving stakeholders in strategic planning for improving energy efficiency in housing and public utilities;
- the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in energy efficiency;
- best international practices to develop and implement strategic energy plans in urban districts.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the workshop! For further information please get in touch with us ( Please find a detailed agenda on the next page. Discover the workshop programme and be part of the discussion!

Organizers: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, HafenCity University Hamburg

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Koskinen Kaisa-Reeta, City of Helsinki. Project Director, Carbon Neutral Helsinki

Climate Change and Local Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

Cenian Adam, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences. Professor

ActNOW: Improving Energy Efficiency through Capacity Building of Public Administrations

Morton Ashley, De Montfort University. Early Career Academic Fellow

eTEACHER: Energy End-Users – Potential for Awareness Raising and Behaviour Change using ICT

Knieling Joerg, HafenCity University Hamburg. Professor / Head of Institute

AREA 21: Cooperative Energy Transition on Local Level

Nurulin Yury, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University. Professor

Hermansson Patrik, Oresundskraft AB. Head of Public Affairs


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