LEAP’s objective is to step up the role of districts in European climate protection and therefore make a major contribution to the European Union’s climate-protection goals. It has been established to facilitate a network of pan-European municipalities to plan and deliver local sustainable energy solutions in line with the Covenant of Mayors. The cities of Zagreb (HR), Kaunas (LT) and Sofia (BG) are three Energy Cities members taking part in the LEAP project, under the leadership of the Town and Country Planning Association (UK).
The training week in 2012 was assessed by all those taking part as being very effective and informative. Project partners from Cornwall, London, Hagen, Kaunas, Maribor, Sofia, South Dublin, Southampton and Zagreb found out about climate-protection activities in general and urban planning in the City of Hannover. They also learned about the Passive House standard for non-residential buildings, energy-efficiency improvements to multi-dwelling houses in combination with renewable energies, energy supply by Hannover’s Stadtwerke utility, as well as campaigns and networking by the Climate Protection Agency for the Hannover Region.
The concept of offering presentations on each of the subjects in the mornings, and carrying out excursions to the example objects in the afternoons, was a full success. In the afternoons attendees were able to turn the morning’s theory into practice by visiting the objects illustrated.
The LEAP project would like to pass on this concept to districts all over Europe. A draft concept is available as a suggestion for future planning.
For more information, contact:
Ute Heda, Climate Protection Bureau in the City of Hannover
e-mail 67.11 [at] hannover-stadt.de
or visit the website: http://www.hannover.de/Leben-in-der-Region-Hannover/Umwelt/Klimaschutz-Energie/Akteure-und-Netzwerke/Klima-Allianz-Hannover/Klimaschutzprojekte/EU-Projekt-LEAP