Newsletter No. 05 / August 2020


Dear Reader

Time flies, but the AREA 21 project progressed a lot during the last months and now we would like to share with you our headway. The AREA 21 project has come to its end and will finish in September 2020. We are very happy in respect to our successful collaborations towards strategies and action plans development for the EIDs; it was a good and rewarding time spent while working together.
Yet, we have very good news to share with you today too:
On the 1, 8, and 15 September 2020 we will perform a webinar series as our final conference. There will be three webinars developed in a three weeks’ time frame. We hereby invite you to check our website page, further inform yourselves and register to our enlightening webinar series ( 
In addition, we are happy to announce that we were elected by the Interreg BSR for an extension of the project starting from October 2020. Our next tasks will focus on the execution of selected measures of the previously developed action plans.
Our public outputs are available at our website, such as the full version book “Energy Improvement Districts – Conceptual and Technical Guidance for Implementing Cooperative Energy Planning at the District Level”, the booklet “Energy Improvement Districts – A Model Instrument for Low-Emission Cities” and Position Paper “Recommendations for Policy Improvements for Cooperative Energy Planning in BSR Cities and Regions”. You can also find our partners’ publication “Energy Planning and Management Tools – AREA 21 Guide” there.
Our partners developed their strategies and action plans. Learn more below!

We are looking forward to seeing you in September!
Best regards,

Your AREA 21 Team at HafenCity University Hamburg

Webinar series on 01, 08 and 15 September - Join us and sign up now

During the last 3 years, the AREA 21 consortium worked in close cooperation with their local stakeholders to establish future-oriented energy planning at the district level. As part of the conclusion of the project, we are hosting a series of webinars on the Energy Improvement District instrument and energy planning tools and policy.

Join us for webinars on three main topics:

Energy Improvement Districts: An Instrument for Local Cooperation on Energy Efficiency (01 September 2020 - 14:00-15:30 CET)

Participants can learn about the EID concept, benefits of collaborative energy planning and its implementation. A panel offers the opportunity for the audience to discuss with our project partners about their first hand experiences. 


Strategic Energy Planning in Urban Districts From a Policy Perspective (08 September 2020 - 14:00-15:30 CET)

Participants can learn about favourable policies on energy planning, including instruments of risk management. We invited keynote speakers from EUSBSR, STRING network, and EFFECT4buildings. The audience will have the opportunity to discuss with the experts.  


Developing ICT Tools for District-Scale Smart Energy Management (15 September 2020 - 14:00-15:30 CET)

Participants can learn about useful digital tools and instruments for energy improvement and will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange about district-level energy planning with our experts and ICT tool developers.


Learn more and register for the webinars here:

If your city, institution or project is working on policy recommendations for the local energy transition, you can tweet your policy recommendation(s), ideally with a link or picture, and explain in one sentence why they matter for the local energy transition. Use the hashtag #A21recommendations. You want to tweet about the webinars? Just use #A21webinars.

AREA 21 receives extension

The project will continue as AREA 21 + action, an extension to AREA 21 and will start directly in October 2020. We have another 12 months to continue and implement actions. Its aim is to continue the successful work and execute selected measures that the pilot partners planned in their strategies and action plans. By this we the potential of the EID concept to contribute meaningfully to both integrated energy planning and emissions reductions can be demonstrated. Partners will implement their first actions according to local context and thematic goals. In addition, we aim to initiate a network for the pilot partners to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge. This should be achieved through the provision of a specific guidance for the institutionalization and through the demonstration of successful and implementable measures for energy efficiency across several differing contexts in the Baltic Sea Region.
Our current website will integrate the new information of the extension.

Public outputs are published

1.       Energy Improvement Districts – Conceptual and Technical Guidance for Implementing Cooperative Energy Planning at the District Level

This publication is thought as a collection of the three main outputs from the AREA 21 project: “Guidance for Cooperative Energy Planning at the District Level”, “Energy Improvement District (EID) Concept” and “Process Model for Cooperation in Energy Improvement Districts”. Although these reports can be read independently, their themes are interwoven and relate to the processes and goals of the AREA 21 project. The first output (guidance) explains the initial steps in determining an EID, the second one expands on the EID concept, offering a framework for its understanding and setting out the parameters for cooperative energy planning and the measures to achieve its goals and the third one addresses the processes that enable EID implementation and cooperation within EIDs.

Learn more:

2.       Energy Improvement Districts – A Model Instrument for Low-Emission Cities

This publication briefly presents the main outputs of the AREA 21 project: the collaborative and integrated systemic approach of urban energy planning at the district level – the EID. In addition, it provides an overview of the planning, implementation and execution phases of the EID. In this way, the publication summarizes the project’s proposals and the successful results of its implementation. It is a collection of the key lessons learnt through intensive, extensive and transnational collaboration. The goal of this publication is to introduce the EID concept and its main results in a summarized format.

Learn more:

3.       Recommendations for Policy Improvements for Cooperative Energy Planning in BSR Cities and Regions

This position paper reflects on the key elements that hinder not only the cooperation process, but also the implementation of actions or strategies to fulfil the energy efficiency potential of urban districts, especially in the Baltic Sea Region. As a result, we have developed 8 key policy recommendations for application at the EU level that are informed by our project experience.

Learn more:

Publication on "Energy Planning and Management Tools" now available at our website

We thank and congratulate our partners for their outstanding work on “Energy planning and management tools. AREA 21 guide”.

This guide presents the development and implementation of three tools besides other best practices and applications in the field of participatory ICT-based energy planning and management, by promoting the use of contemporary smart technologies to facilitate the energy planning process, testing new forms of public participation, raising awareness about the individual and collective energy consumption and promoting behavior change.

Learn more:

Strategies and Action Plans available online

Explore the pilot areas of AREA 21 project and their local activities as “Energy Improvement Districts” Find more information on our website:

About AREA 21

AREA 21 is a three-year transnational project in cooperation with 10 partner organisations from the Baltic Sea Region. The project seeks to pilot Energy Improvement Districts through the strategic planning and implementation of energy efficient solutions. The process is underpinned by collaborative stakeholder engagement, bringing together public authorities, energy providers, property owners and citizens. Through this engagement the project seeks to understand citizens’ motives and barriers to energy use, and how to activate relevant players in urban neighbourhoods to bring about change.
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