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Aims & Objectives

Energy Cities started the IMAGINE initiative in 2006 as a follow-up of a discussion with member cities interested in the long-term perspective and a visioning approach of energy and urban issues.



IMAGINE low-energy cities is a finalist of the RegioStars 2015!




Need for change

The main idea behind this initiative lies in the fact that although an increasing number of cities are committing themselves to achieving the European objectives, notably through the Covenant of Mayors, they are also coming up against several obstacles. One of them being the difficulty for cities and their stakeholders and citizens to imagine, evaluate and accept the extent of the changes that are needed. Helping overcome such obstacles is the objective of the IMAGINE initiative as a platform for foresight, collaboration and exchanges, leading to action and change.

A vision for the future of cities

The IMAGINE initiative focuses on inspiring change and developing the concept of “low-energy city with a high quality of life for all” in order to contribute to enriching the reflections and strategies of social, institutional and economic players at all levels. As well, IMAGINE intends to contribute to the success of the Covenant of Mayors by encouraging local authorities to define long-term visions.

The idea of an INTERREG project proposal is based on the efforts of cities, among which some have been participating in the IMAGINE initiative by attending seminars or starting to involve local stakeholders in the definition of a local vision towards a low-energy future for their city.

The project gathers 10 partners: Energy Cities - coordinator, HafenCity Univerty-academic partner, and 8 pilot-cities. These partners have committed to engaging local stakeholders around the local authority in order to build together their local Energy Roadmaps 2050.

The city in 2050...Click on the image to discover what our cities could be like in 2050 through this comic by Rodho!

Related projets & initiatives



POCACITO - POst-CArbon Cities of TOmorrow
The
 POCACITO project
 –
 foresight
 for
 sustainable
 pathways
 towards
 liveable,
 affordable
 and
 prospering
 cities
 in
 a
 world
 context
 - will
 develop
 an
 evidence‐based
 2050
 roadmap
 for
 EU
 post‐carbon
 cities.
http://pocacito.eu/

INTERREG IVC
www.interreg4c.eu
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. 
EUR302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

Energy CitiesINTERREG IVCEuropean UnionConseil régional de Franche ComtéADEME
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