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Bologna hosts workshop to explore future energy scenarios

During March 16 – 17, 2016 the Bologna City Council will host a “future energy scenarios” workshop for Urban-LEDS cities in Europe, engaging staff and key stakeholders active in the energy system of the cities.

The City of Bologna is one of the experienced European cities engaged in the Urban-LEDS project. The purpose of the workshop is to produce a set of robust quantified energy future scenarios for the cities, to help form and set in place the local strategies to achieve more ambitious targets. The Greenhouse Gas Regional Inventory Process (GRIP) helps define scenarios to test the robustness of proposed policy packages.

This workshop offers an opportunity to communicate and build momentum regarding the recently approved Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) of the City of Bologna. Local and regional stakeholders can learn what the current thinking is on how a low carbon energy future may be realized.

The GRIP scenario tool, developed by Dr. Sebastian Carney, has been used in over 20 cities in 15 different countries. It supports a process to build sustainable energy scenarios with the engagement of stakeholders, in a consensus driven way. The use of GRIP encourages stakeholders to think in an energy systems perspective rather than in a silo way, and to cooperate towards the achievement of an overarching long-term target. This is an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from the different sectors (Energy, Residential, Public Administration, Industry, Transport, etc.), and to help them understand how their sector can influence the entire system.

Photo credit: "Bologna, Torre degli Asinelli" by il Benni (CC BY)