Developing a Decision Support Tool



The deliverables may be downloaded here


Jan Peters-Anders (AIT):

Daiva Walangitang (AIT):

Joost Brinkman (Accenture):

Ivo Wenzler (Accentur):



The core objective of the this work package was concentrated on the development of a Decision Support Environment (DSE): a web based tool providing the relevant stakeholders in cities with information facilitating informed decision making, a model for quantitative assessment of Smart Energy City development state and progress.

Furthermore, the focus of the work on the development of the Decision Support Environment is on utilizing the power of energy data in supporting the cities to engage their stakeholders, assess their decision options, and define specific and actionable energy transformation agendas to reach EU 20/20/20 targets.

Energy Atlas – Best practices in Hamburg and Amsterdam

The spatial matching of relevant Key Performance Indicators is essential for a successful climate protection strategy. This relates particularly to the alignment of energy consumption and energy supply as well as to the social background and the implementation options of specific urban areas. Accordingly, to provide a holistic approach for a transformation process, the technical and social data should be joined. Only an appropriate analysis, which includes the qualification of the sociotechnical system, the urban structure and the system of agents/actors for a particular form of energy, can lead to an energy optimised planning.

Within TRANSFORM cities of Amsterdam and Hamburg created an Energy Atlas. Both atlases present a compilation of all kinds of information, some of it directly related to energy, in other cases indirectly. They provide information about the city as a whole, but also focus specifically on the district of the TRANSFORM Smart Urban Lab.

Because of the detailed level of information in the Energy Atlas it’s possible to make all various types of calculations and measurements on energy.

How does city’s current energy consumption compare to the possibilities for the generation of sustainable energy in the city? Are there greater or more limited possibilities for specific areas within the city? Which potential energy source presents the greatest opportunities? The Atlas provides insight into these questions.

Gathering the data

In most TRANSFORM cities collecting the data appeared to be far more difficult than expected at the beginning of the project. Fear for legal and privacy issues are the most important boundaries of not being able to gather all the data needed.

It’s impossible to produce an Energy Atlas without the data provided by third parties, energy providers, therefore a collaboration is needed. The sharing of data and gaining insight into each other’s interests and considerations is of huge importance to making energy transition a reality.

While there are numerous instances of the ways in which open data is already creating both social and economic value, we don’t know yet which new things will become possible. New combinations of data can create new knowledge and insights, which can lead to whole new fields of application.

For more information about Amsterdam Energy Atlas visit

TRANSFORM Tool – Decision Support Environment

In order to achieve an integrated planning process one should be able to combine the various topics and establish a cross sectoral approach. Hence, the potential for energy efficiency measures should be identified on a spatial level based on the existing options of the diverse urban areas.

During the Transform project the Decision Support Environment (the Transform tool) has been made to accommodate this. See for more information: Decision Support Environment.


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