In light of the climate crisis, Europe urgently needs a radical transformation of its energy systems. Local governments have long been at the forefront of this change, helping to shape a decentralised and renewable energy future alongside their citizens. This lab will offer a chance to discover new tools and processes for accelerating the energy transition, rooted in the experience of cities participating in three EU-funded projects (SONNET, TOMORROW and UrbanA).
Participants will learn about social innovation in energy transitions. Different approaches to city-level energy transitions – their respective activities, their different operational contexts and the role of local governments as drivers of energy transitions – form the basis for the session. Participants will be able to take inspiration from presentations, interact with each city case study, and take part in discussions between practitioners from city administrations, politics and civil society.