•  Created the 11-09-2012
  •  Community manager: Vladas Misius
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       Introduction to the topic addressed by the community

 We have to think of a new vision of urban planning that will positively transform the way cities grow across the world in the 21st. Energy management at site level is a crucial aspect of urban planning and development which can no longer be treated offhandedly but requires dedicated expertise.

Urban planning deals with the space where we live and work: how it is produced and managed, how it is imagined and how it becomes feasible. Urban design deals afterwards with its physical form. After half a century of car-centred planning, both disciplines are now refocusing on the human scale.

It is imperative to consider how city development fosters creativity, innovation and economic development. Furthermore, we must appraise how it is...

       Introduction to the topic addressed by the community

 We have to think of a new vision of urban planning that will positively transform the way cities grow across the world in the 21st. Energy management at site level is a crucial aspect of urban planning and development which can no longer be treated offhandedly but requires dedicated expertise.

Urban planning deals with the space where we live and work: how it is produced and managed, how it is imagined and how it becomes feasible. Urban design deals afterwards with its physical form. After half a century of car-centred planning, both disciplines are now refocusing on the human scale.

It is imperative to consider how city development fosters creativity, innovation and economic development. Furthermore, we must appraise how it is an inclusive project for all citizens. Also, it is important to know how the cities themselves are reinvented and transformed, how they care and protect the environment, and how they integrate different kinds of green spaces, urban agriculture, urban services and utilities into the new model.

2.1   . Definitions of basic concepts

Urban Energy

 

  • Smart Grids
  • Urban Concepts
  • Urban Services
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Distributed Supply

Urban Water

  • Drinking Water Supply
  • Sewage Disposal
  • Port & Waterway Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Flood Prevention & Control
  • Coastal Protection

Urban Management

  • Facility Management
  • Municipal Funding & Finance
  • Climate Impact Management
  • Urban services

Urban Buildings

  • Facilities Engineering
  • Green Buildings/Green Cities
  • (Green) Construction Materials

Urban Spaces

  • Municipal Signs/Urban Signs
  • Urban Furniture
  • Municipal Lighting/Urban Lighting

Urban Mobility

  • Local Public Transport
  • Car Sharing
  • eMobility
  • Logistics
  • Mobility Infrastructure Services
  • Intelligent Traffic Systems / Intelligent Transportation Systems

Urban Automation

  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Automation
  • Process Automation
  • Infrastructural Automation
  • Traffic Automation

Urban Waste Management

  • Urban Mining
  • Waste Pickup
  • Waste Disposal Technology
  • Waste to Energy
  • Waste Disposal Services
  • Recycling

Urban Safety and Security

  • Control Systems & Centers
  • Safeguarding Critical
  • Infrastructure
  • Video Surveillance
  • Warning Systems
  • Fail-Safe Communication

2.2   . Legislation and political background:

European Union strategies:

-          Communication from the commission to the european parliament, the council, the european economic and social committee and the committee of the regions energy 2020 a strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy :

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52010DC0639:EN:HTML:NOT

-          Directive 2002/91/EC of the european parliament and of the council:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32002L0091:EN:HTML

Lithuanian  strategies:

-          National development strategy of renewable resources:

http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=376097

-          National strategy of sustainable development

http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=396083 

2.3   . Key organisations

Ministry of Environment

Priorities:

  1. Creation of the implementation system of integrated pollution prevention and control.

  2. Reduction of negative transport impact on environment.

  3. Creation of hazardous waste management system.

  4. Organization of water resources management according to river basins.

  5. Improvement of water management state control.

  6. Creation of a control mechanism for climate change.

  7. Assurance of ambient air quality assessment and management.

  8. Organization of the implementation of the sustainable management strategy of chemical substances.

  9. Sustainable development of renewable energy sources.

 

 

2.4   . International events

European Green Capital awards - Europe is an urban society, with many environmental challenges to face.  The European Commission has long recognised the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment, and their high level of commitment to genuine progress.

Starting in 2010, one European city will be selected each year as the European Green Capital of the year. The award is given to a city that:

  • Has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards;
  • Is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development;
  • Can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices to all other European cities.

This short video examines the benefits of being a European Green Capital: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjNUBYviNNM&feature=youtu.be 

       C21 thematic network

 3.1   . Existing related online discussion groups or thematic communities:

-          Cosntruction21 European Innovative green planning community: http://www.construction21.eu/community/pg/groups/6108/innovative-green-planning-community/

-          Cosntruction21 Lithuanian Innovative green planning community: http://www.construction21.eu/lietuva/community/pg/groups/26/alioji-urbanistika/

 Linkedin groups: the more active related to these topics are:

-          GREEN CITIES: Smart Growth & Sustainability for the DENSE URBAN CONTEXT: 9,459 members (on =28/1/2013)

-          Urban Planning Group: 24,052 members (on =28/1/2013)

-          Smart City: Urban planning and building 108 members (on =28/1/2013)

-          Green Real Estate: Building, Design, Planning, Products 2,478 members (on =28/1/2013)

-          Building Green, a Sustainability Group 20,823 members (on =28/1/2013)

-          Green Real Estate 11,987 members (on =28/1/2013)

3.2   . What C21 will offer

-          A complete set of contents, not only a space for discussions but to post documents, case studies, conclusions, etc. (that’s the difference with LinkedIn or twitter, for instance).

-          The community should be more focused in innovative Green Planning tools, applications, results, methodology and etc.

3.3   . Main contents

-          Case study analysis related with innovative green planning aspects.

-          Links to important documents and events.

-          Brief reports describing the main topics and that would be commented by users.

-          News about interesting events, research projects, institutions, etc.

3.4   . Moderators

-          Moderator will act as the moderator of the generic network.

-          Reviewers will be recruited to create and manage groups within the main network. Ideally, such moderators should be experienced practitioners.

    Examples of topics for discussion within the communities

4.1   . Sources of inventory data?

4.2   .  Software tools: generic or specific software tools

4.3   .  Scope of the innovative Green Planning study: complete, simplified or screening?

4.4   .  European baseline scenario?