Our CASCADE project on local energy leadership has enabled 75 cities from 19 European countries to work together towards the Europe 2020 climate and energy targets
Following three years of sharing knowledge and experience across Europe, our CASCADE project on local energy leadership is coming to an end.
CASCADE ran an intensive, European-wide peer-to-peer learning and networking programme. This included six peer review visits, six mentoring visits, five work shadowing visits, 11 study visits and 36 peer advice visits. CASCADE also held 11 national technical seminars and participated in several other events.
The project has managed to strengthen the cooperation between European cities. It has enabled 75 cities from 19 European countries to work together towards the Europe 2020 climate and energy targets. CASCADE brought together more than 300 city experts, decision makers and local stakeholders responsible for implementing energy and climate policies, and has allowed them to build good personal contacts.
CASCADE has also led to improvements in local energy strategies and projects. Here are just a few concrete examples:
Eindhoven improved its CO2 emissions monitoring strategy to better measure progress towards its energy targets
Gateshead reaffirmed its energy ambitions and got new ideas for increasing district heating connections in new development areas
Gdynia set up a new city department in charge of energy efficiency in public and residential buildings
Iasi started developing a long term energy strategy
Tampere got more ambitious and set much higher GHG emission targets for 2025
Venice identified useful ideas for its SEAP development and set up an information office to better engage its citizens and stakeholders to its energy vision
The project’s results and achievements will be included in a final report due to be published in mid-July. The CASCADE methods and experiences are included in the project toolkit.