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Monitoring, Evaluating and Transferring Instruments to address Climate Change in Metropolitan Regions (CITY INSTRUMENTS)

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The aim of City Instruments is to bring together energy experts from Europe’s metropolitan regions to jointly monitor, evaluate and further develop innovative instruments (of technical, financial or organisational nature) to promote a more rational use of energy and renewable energy sources in urban areas. The work in the project focuses on a number of selected themes, which are discussed in a series of workshops: • Energy renovation of existing buildings; • Municipal energy management, decentralised energy supply, integration of renewable energies; • Sustainable transport and mobility; • Information, communication and co-operation; • Methods for calculation, indicators, monitoring; • Financing instruments including joint implementation and emission trading; • Administrative organisation: internal structures and processes. The exchange of experience established within City Instruments will be continued in the long-term. A forum for best-practice on instruments for rational use of energy and renewable energy in metropolitan regions will be institutionalised within one of the existing networks.

Results

  • Best Practice Catalogue for particularly successful instruments to promote rational use of energy and renewable energy in metropolitan regions will help interested city administrations, energy agencies and other actors to pinpoint the most suitable instruments available at this time to mitigate climate change and promote rational use of energy and renewable energy in their own cities by addressing the specific problems and realising the particular potentials inherent in metropolitan regions.
  • Blueprint for a municipal Energy Master Plan acting as a basic policy-making document for metropolitan regions and setting out overall policy goals in the area of energy. The blueprint should enable metropolitan administrations to prepare detailed strategic measures and aims.
  • By making it mandatory that each participating city selects one new instrument and prepares the ground for its implementation, the project goes beyond just monitoring and evaluating rational use of energy and renewable energy policies in cities and has a concrete impact on their policy design and implementation.
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Lessons learned

  • The participating cities are facing various problems and therefore have developed a variety of innovative approaches.
  • The success of an instrument depends on prevalent framework conditions. That is why these framework conditions have to be stressed when talking about Best-practice instruments.
  • Often the performance and efficiency of instruments is not or cannot be evaluated because of a lack of data. In such case alternative performance indicators can help to measure the contribution to the promotion of rational use of energy and renewable energy.
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Contact

B.&S.U. Beratungs-und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH
Germany
Contact point: 
Name: 
Ricarda Rieck
Tel: 
0049 221 3777686
Name: 
Katja Dinges
Tel: 
0049 30 39042-82
Name: 
Thekla Heinel
Tel: 
0049 30 390 42 66
Name: 
Leonard Meyer
Tel: 
0049 30 39 042 68

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In brief

Duration:
21/12/2005 to 20/12/2007
Contract number: 
EIHOR/EIE/05/152/2005