In 2016, nine local authorities from North-West Europe have joined forces within the Interreg North-West Europe Project “Climate Active Neighbourhoods” (CAN). The projects aim is to encourage bottom-up initiatives that change energy consumption paradigms on a neighbourhood level. A special emphasis is further placed on social housing and deprived areas, thus, on the topic of fuel poverty. All project partners, among them Brest, Worms and Plymouth, pursue a common objective: to develop and launch new organisational models for the sharing of responsibilities between local authorities and neighbourhoods to foster action from the bottom up. This novel approach aims at strengthening commitment for energy savings in neighbourhoods while ensuring coherence between bottom-up activities and city-wide strategies. While the newly agreed upon organizational frameworks are being applied, financing schemes and activation tools serve to support the development of bottom-up energy retrofitting initiatives. From England to Germany via Belgium, approaches vary widely: From the “Energie Karawane” and the “Retrofitting City Tour” in Worms, the “Brico-bus” and “Toit par toi” in Brest to crowdfunding projects in Plymouth, there is a lot to get inspired by...
The session will be held in English and translated to French.
- Jenny-Claire Keilmann, CAN project manager, Climate Alliance
- Paul Elliott, Low Carbon City Officer, Plymouth city Council
- Alain Masson, Vice-President in charge of Energy, Brest metropole
- Katharina Reinholz, Climate Protection Manager, City of Worms