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LEDS-EEP nine-part webinar programme focuses on tools and methodologies for municipal and regional sustainable energy planning

August 25, 2017

The LEDS-EEP project team is pleased to invite you to participate in its webinar programme on “Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning”, which runs from September 6 to October 25, 2017.

While energy and climate policies are often set at the national level, a significant share of implementation actions are being taken at the regional and municipal level. Overall success depends on the capacity of local authorities to properly plan and select cost-efficient and effective measures and to develop municipal energy sector development plans, while also taking into account any national and international climate policy objectives and the need to minimise the costs of low carbon transition. The main purpose of this webinar series is to improve the capacity of municipalities and regions to use relevant energy planning tools for sustainable energy planning, thus enabling them to make a smooth transition towards a low carbon economy.

The nine webinars will cover a wide range of approaches and tools for sustainable energy planning in urban areas. These webinars follow the Workshop on Tools and Methodologies for Municipal Sustainable Energy Planning, held in in Kyiv, Ukraine on July 10-11, 2017, an event that attracted more than 70 participants from Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and other countries.

More specifically, the webinars will:

  • provide an overview of state-of-the-art approaches to municipal and regional-level energy sector planning;
  • present selected tools that can be used by practitioners working on the development of municipal and regional energy plans;
  • discuss methods and challenges related to data availability and collection; and
  • present examples of using simple and advanced tools for energy planning in several European countries (e.g. Georgia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and the UK) and the United States.

Participation in the webinar series is free of charge! To register, please write to Thor Morante Brigneti at:


September webinars

September 6 | 12:00 to 13:00 CET

Introduction to Energy Planning in Cities and Key Tools

The first webinar will be presented by Neven Duic, President of the Management Board of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre) of Croatia.

Energy planning allows for municipalities to conceive long investment cycles, dealing with the integration of power, heating, cooling, transportation and water sectors. By following this approach, cities become able to solve technical issues which are particular for every community, as well as accounting for Sustainable Energy Action Plans, strategies, budgets and more.

Neven will introduce the concept of sustainable energy planning for cities and present an overview of the available key tools which can allow for long term accounting, penetration of new technologies and the phasing out of the old; tools on technical simulation; and tools for distributed planning.


September 19 | 10:00 to 11:00 CET

Overview of EU Experience in Regional Energy Planning

The second webinar will be presented by Pavel Manchev, Director of the Bulgaria-based EnEffect Group.

Regional Energy Planning (REP) is critical to achieving a reduction of the share of energy expenditure in the budgets of municipalities and regions, while allowing coverage of energy needs and minimising energy costs in a cost-effective and environment-friendly manner.

Pavel will present an overview of the importance of REP, general practices, examples and key findings across the EU on the REP’s preparation, development and implementation stages.


September 21 | 12:00 to 13:00 CET

Presentation of the LEDS GP Energy Toolkit 2.0: Leading instruments and methodologies for sustainable energy planning

The third webinar will be presented by Alexander Ochs, Managing Director of SD Strategies and Chair of the LEDS-GP Energy Working Group.

The LEDS GP Energy Toolkit 2.0 is a collection of leading instruments and methodologies for low emission, climate resilient development planning in the energy sector. It serves energy practitioners, policymakers, and experts as a quick reference guide for well-established low emissions development strategies planning tools that are available at zero or low cost. It includes 26 tools from agencies around the world.

Alexander will present planning tools that can be used for city-level energy sector planning and will explain their advantages and limitations.


September 27 | 15:00 to 16:00 CET

Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) for Municipal Energy Sector Planning

The fourth webinar will be presented by Charles Heaps, Senior Scientist at SEI-US and the developer of LEAP.

LEAP is an integrated, scenario-based modelling tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. It can be used to track energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all sectors of an economy, as well as to account for both energy sector and non-energy sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources and sinks.

Charles will present how the municipal energy sector planning can benefit from the range of possibilities LEAP can bring, being a flexible and easy-to-use tool for diverse levels of user-expertise and from which models of different energy systems can be created.

In addition to tracking GHGs, LEAP can also be used to analyse emissions of local and regional air pollutants, and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) making it well-suited to studies of the climate co-benefits of local air pollution reduction.


October Webinars

October 4 | 12:00-13:00 CET

The Use of LEAP and the Simple Muni-EIPMP Tool for SEAP Development and Monitoring in Georgian Municipalities

The fifth webinar will be presented by Anna Sikharulidze, Technical manager of the EC-LEDS project, from the Sustainable Development Centre Remissia, Georgia.


October 11 | 14:00-15:00 CET

An Integrated Planning Framework for the Development of Sustainable and Resilient Cities (InSMART)

The sixth webinar will be presented by Rocco De Miglio and Alessandro Chiodi, energy system modellers and analysts at E4SMA, Italy.


October 17 | 14:00-15:00 CET

Data Collection Methods of Cities’ Energy Systems and Networks: Insights from the InSmart project

The seventh webinar will be presented by Luís Pereira Dias, Researcher at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal.


October 19 | 15:00-16-00 CET

Cities-LEAP Approach: Helping cities with energy analysis and planning

The eighth webinar will be presented by Megan Day, Project Leader with the Strategy, Policy, and Implementation Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA.


October 25 | 14:00-15:30 CET

Exploring Integrated Energy Action Plans for a Sustainable Transition in the InSmart Project: Case studies from Cesena (Italy), Nottingham (UK), and Évora (Portugal)

The ninth webinar will be presented by Alessandro Chiodi, Rocco De Miglio, and Luís Pereira Dias.

TAGS: Low carbon development | Energy efficiency | Energy planning