Once a year Byplanlaboratoriet invites all municipal town planners to a conference to discuss actual topics and challenges concerning urban planning.
The hosting city of the conference varies each year, because the conference is supplied with visits to relevant (and interesting) places in the city area and neighbouring cities. This year the conference took place in Herning in the middle Jutland. In the map Herning is marked with a red cirkel (click on map to enlarge). 4-600 every year visits the conference – this year 547 town planners, architects and politicians from the municipalities.
SUSREG was presented at a small exhibition in the exhibition hall. During the first day of the conference we had two bigger events and a number of smaller events to attract attention. And more than 200 visited us and had a fact sheet on SUSREG case stories.
Multiple parallel sessions, on national ‘hot topics’
In the first, introducing lecture, focus was on introducing the strategic energy planning process in Denmark and the Danish case study from the Copenhagen Region, “Cross cutting Energy”. We had then prepared a challenge for the participants on their knowledge of energy efficiency, sustainable energy and climate resilience: a “climate game” and a small questionnaire.
The climate game was in form of a “train”, where the participants should choose different set ups for getting rid of the water from roofs, streets or squares. And lead it to a specific situation.
The small questionnaire was to start the discussion of knowledge on the central topics of the SUSREG which are (sustainable) energy supply, energy efficiency and climate resilience. The results of the discussions were rather uniquely and said:
There is a lack of knowledge on European energy politics and regional energy politics – more knowledge on national energy politics. “Normal” energy efficiency is well known, but 0-energy buildings and how to achieve the 0 energy goal is not so known.
There is sufficient knowledge on economical and financial topics and involvement of stakeholders.
Workshops of two to three hours are really not sufficient for communicating the messages of SUSREG. But communicating the need of more knowledge on energy for planners and the content of the master classes was OK. The general picture is that there is a good need for more SUSREG master classes. Three municipalities asked directly for a follow up.
A business plan for a commercial follow up shows that we will need at least 15 participants at a cost of 800 EURO each to make it profitable. Room, food and drinks come on top of that. But in Denmark it’s not expensive for a six-day course!