Welcome to STEP-UP

Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning (STEP-UP) aims to bring together excellence on energy planning from four ambitious, European cities together with their industrial and research partners, running from Autumn 2012 to Spring 2015.

Partner Cities

The STEP UP partner cities are:

  • Ghent
  • Glasgow
  • Gothenburg
  • Riga

Expertise

The consortium combines expertise in energy planning, economics, finance, technology, project management and delivery and has representatives from each city council, ensuring the active participation and political commitment of the cities themselves.

Focus

In each city, linking with local partnerships and stakeholder groups, STEP UP will be able to facilitate the delivery of real projects in participating cities by using a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach. The focus will be on holistic solutions that deliver real economic, environmental and technological advances in each city with regards to smart city planning.

Who We Are

A partnership of twelve organisations from city government, academia, and business. The consortium combines expertise in energy planning, economics, finance, technology, project management and delivery and has representatives from each city council, ensuring the active participation and political commitment of the cities themselves.

 

The Step-Up partner cities are:

Glasgow, Riga, Gothenburg and Ghent

with a number of common topologies and socio-economic factors that will enhance their ability to work together and learn from each other.

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05
Dec

Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2014

Sustainability, transformation and leadership were the topics at a seminar and prize ceremony for the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development, held in Gothenburg on Friday the 21st of November.

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02
Dec

Scottish National Renewable Energy League Awards 2014

Glasgow City Council has achieved first place in the Scottish National Renewables Energy League 2013/14 (150,000 pop. division) for installed Solar Photovoltaic (PV) electricity across the city.

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What City Leaders Say

We need the participation of all citizens to achieve climate neutrality in our cities through drastic decrease of energy consumption and the generation of renewable sustainable energy. Energy audits, coaching, cheap loans, smart technology and subsidies for energy efficiency measures can help make clean energy accessible for everyone, especially those who are poorly off.

Deputy Mayor Tine Heyse

Deputy Mayor Tine Heyse
Ghent City Council, Deputy Mayor of Environment, Climate, Energy and Development

Cities like Glasgow and its partners bring together education, innovation, communities and investment in ways which would otherwise be impossible. They are the crucibles in which new ideas and progress are forged.

Bailie Liz Cameron

Bailie Liz Cameron
Glasgow City Council

Step Up gives us possibilities to develop our sustainability work in the River city, to enhance the energy and climate efforts and at the same time highlight the commercial perspectives. By our financial opportunities, we will promote smart environmental and climate investments and avoid social gaps.

Kia Andreasson

Kia Andreasson
Gothenburg City Council

Riga was one of the first cities that signed The Covenant of Mayors in 2008. Collaboration in implementing various projects on energy efficiency using new technologies has enabled Riga to make citizens lives more comfortable and eco-friendly. With our partners we are now striving to become a Smart City.

Nils Ušakovs

Nils Ušakovs
Chairman, Riga City Council

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