Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MULTIPLY (Municipal peer-to-peer learning in integrating transport, land-use planning and energy policy at district level)
Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2020-05-31
Undoubtedly, climate-friendly cross-sectoral (re)development of municipalities is a mammoth task. It is an inevitable task, however, to achieve/preserve livable spaces – locally as well as globally. If existing, mostly fossil fuel based, municipal infrastructures and lifestyles are not drastically altered climate change will be further accelerated. This, in turn, threatens the quality of life of billions of people around the globe and may lead to disruptive societal developments. European municipalities that follow ambitious mitigation paths therefore act in the public as well as in their self-interest. They can be an important role model and inspiration to others, too.
The overall objective of the MULTIPLY project is to make better use of the expertise of urban planners for climate mitigation issues. Their holistic view on optimizing spatial challenges, while minimizing CO2 emissions, is especially valuable. The project tries to raise awareness for the good approaches this discipline has to offer, both nationally and European wide. To this end a capacity development process is set up that features targeted peer learning workshops between forerunner and committed cities in the six project countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden). It makes best practice examples of forerunner cities known to a wider public and motivates committed cities to follow these good examples.
Subsequently, a broad competition to find forerunner and committed municipalities in the six project countries was set up and run. This served to make the project and the approach of ‘integrated urban planning’ known to the wider expert community and to find participating municipalities. This way, more than 42 municipalities could be motivated to take part in the project. Most importantly, the peer learning networks in the six participating countries were set up and the first peer learning workshops with three different targets groups (municipal politicians, technical planning staff and communications representatives) were performed. Due to the Corona/COVID19 pandemic many workshops had to be changed to online formats.
Additionally, conceptual groundwork was done for the outreaching dissemination phase of the project. Information for different dissemination outputs (info packs, national and European guidelines) were collected continuously during the peer learning workshops.
The insights gained will be disseminated to a wider audience of municipal professionals via a European exchange conference, three dissemination workshops with interested municipalities in each partner country, and further communication activities.
Until the end of the project the 24 committed cities will develop energy plans for their model districts that entail ambitious energy savings and renewable energy targets. This way, it is expected that the project helps triggering high investments into climate-friendly district development in the participating municipalities.