Approximately 90 experts and urban practitioners from more than 30 municipalities within 9 countries of Southeast Europe, gathered to discuss major opportunities and challenges convoked by the shift towards greener energy consumption around the world. As major countries of the world come out with bod statements of reaching climate neutrality by 2050, all of us need to keep up the pace and start acting on the promised shift. The Dialogue event held during the week of 17-21 May focused on discussions of energy efficient solutions, innovative renewable energy sources as well as on getting some new insights into the EU Green Deal.
This event offered a virtual platform to discuss these challenges and supported municipalities in developing locally adapted solutions for climate challenges, specifically those related to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
During these 5 days of asynchronous and synchronous digital meetings participants listened to inspiring Keynote presentations from leading European scientists and shared insights with peers.
The project has built a Network, an exchange platform of urban players, which provides a systematic access to practice-oriented solutions for sustainable urban development by facilitating change and providing mutual support.
In order to be able to accommodate the discussions under the heading of “ Sustainable Urban Energy Planning ” and achieve the objectives of the Virtual Event, three following thematic priorities were identified:
Participants presented their ongoing or planned project ideas, later on the third day good practice examples were exchanged within working groups put together with MENA region, allowing these practitioners to broaden their horizons and find similarities or learn from mistakes made by other projects.
This heavily packed week tried conveying as much knowledge through digital experience as possible, participants were able to listen to inspiring Keynote presentations from leading European and American scientists and politicians; share insights with peers either while presenting project ideas or good practices; learn how to collaborate digitally and get acquainted with network tool created within Connective Cities programme.
All above mentioned presentations can be found on the Network platform, here: https://community.connective-cities.net/en/group/93/stream
By bringing together various project ideas and experts from the energy field representatives of each project idea were able to reflect on practical examples and challenges experienced by their peers. First two days of the event generated an informational bubble, accumulating information from the speakers as well as other municipality representatives, who have gone a step further and have already given a thought to projects. These inputs were later aided with some technical and most importantly financial advices offered at the last day of the event. Together with input from financial institution representatives made of fifth day participants envisaged more clear picture of what might be their eye-catching point in attracting donors and realizing projects saving quite large amount of energy spending for their municipalities.