Strategic experiment 1 - DISTRICT ENERGY TRANSITION

Strategic experiment 1 - DISTRICT ENERGY TRANSITION

Strategic Objectives

Surface insights and intelligence about how to take an integrated district approach with multiple climate-adaptive and mitigative measures to realize a future-proof and affordable living environment, without losing local ownership. This includes...

  • A. Support community building and develop local governance infrastructure (understanding the triggers that will create a collective alignment and action to creating future-proof livable, affordable and sustainable living environment)
  • B. Working with the ‘supply chain’ to deliver future-proof, affordable and sustainable solutions resulting in a minimum level of living quality (to be defined)
  • C. Working with a community, tech suppliers, local businesses and funders to realise an energy-neutral district as component of (a) and (b)
  • D. Mobilising the finance industry to co-create financing mechanisms that enable long-term affordable living
  • E. Building with critical stakeholders a shared understanding of the value of district-scale work to make sure communities and individual homes are livable, affordable and sustainable.
  • F. Understanding the social value case, surfacing the short-term and long-term benefits of large-scale community renewal.

Complex Challenges

  • 1. How to mobilize citizens individually and as a community to participate (in cooperation, capital, and contracting) in a long-term transition process towards climate resilient & net-zero-energy districts?
  • 2. How to mobilize the building sector and local contractors around Leuven to work together with citizens, the local government and other relevant sectors (banking sector, insurers, …) to create an scalable and attractive integrated approach for homeowners in a district to renovate their dwellings to a NZEB-building?
  • 3. How can we characterise the full economic value proposition of a climate resilient, thriving, inclusive community as ‘an investable asset’, which would mean capturing the diverse value streams and shaping a concise and understandable value proposition to the City, citizens and property owners in the community? What kind of capital structures can enable the community and City to work together to dramatically accelerate activities to fully retrofit a whole community in Leuven?
  • 4. How does the local government participate effectively to enable a complex transition process, by shaping market conditions, aligning multiple interests, sending signals to market actors, and ensuring conditions for successful capital participation by appropriate sources?

Experiment Design

  • Component #1: Community-building & enabling participation
  • Component #2: Legal ownership of energy transitions
  • Component #3: DET Governance
  • Component #4: Supralocal/local finance model
  • Component #5: Place-based approach to large-scale retrofit

Experiment Canvas

Want to take a look at the experiment canvas? You can download it here!

Gesteund door EIT Climate-KIC