Specifying a Transformation Agenda

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The deliverables may be downloaded here


Béatrice Couturier (Grand Lyon) :

Ulf Skirke (City of Hamburg) :




The aim of this work package was to define a Transformation Agenda; such agenda meant to give an insight in energy transition and the actions to be taken by governments and business. The tools and templates to build your own Agenda are available in the download section. The Transformation Agenda and/or related decisions can be supported by calculations made with the Decision Support Environment (DSE tool developed in TRANSFORM project).

The Transformation Agenda addresses the main components influencing the chain of energy production and consumption at city level: main infrastructure, sources of future energy (thermal energy, electricity, gas) and efficiency potentials of the build environment and production . It can also address the possible energy efficiency in flows of water, waste, IT and mobility. It can include urban planning & regulation and the participation of end users. Last, the aim is to base the described actions on qualitative and quantitative insights and also develop a financial strategy.


For each of the TRANSFORM participating cities a Transformation Agenda has been made. These documents are flexible and look beyond the political borders of cities; if needed the Transformation Agenda may  also include the metropolitan hinterland.

TRANSFORM cities found it very complex to oversee all the before mentioned segments of energy planning. Each city developed a Transformation Agenda, containing energy efficiency measures and actions that need to be taken by stakeholders, in order to make a city smart. The process concerns city regulators and decision makers, private companies, and other relevant stakeholders. Working towards a Transformation Agenda supports cities in their strive for integrated energy planning, through the combination of strategy and operations.

By making Transformation Agendas for the city as a whole, urban strategy is combined with the operational level of tangible implementation plans for city districts, embedded in urban planning and the local city specific context.

Key considerations for the Transformation Agenda

The ultimate goal is to improve strategic financial strategies for low carbon cities, by bringing the current state of the art a step further and implement all insights in strategic Transformation Agendas. For that a series of Key Considerations has been selected within TRANSFORM. These are the themes that need to be focused on because of the urgency for more insights and barriers that makes it difficult to implement the agendas at the moment. These themes are:

  • Stakeholder management
  • Retrofitting existing buildings
  • Smart grid and other urban enabling infrastructure
  • Integrated planning
  • Next generation heating and cooling solutions
  • Mobility

The major findings as a result of digging into these themes should be used as input for the Transformation Agendas.


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