Dienstag, 13. Oktober 2015

Tired but happy.. after the PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum and project meeting in Tartu

The penultimate PLEEC project meeting in Tartu from 22 - 23 September 2015 was a crucial meeting on the way to the Energy Efficiency Action Plans of the PLEEC partner cities. All PLEEC cities and university experts jointly worked on the optimization and finalization of the cities´ Action Plans discussing potential improvements and bottlenecks!

The 3rd PLEEC Energy Efficiency Forum “Planning resilient and liveable regions. Urban-rural interactions” on 24 September 2015 – organized in cooperation with the Nordic-Baltic partnership conference – focused on how to plan for resilient and livable regions. Three parallel panels (smart governance, society, resources) provided insights into important thematic issues of sustainable urban planning. The key message was that adaptability is one of the central issues of the planning process which requires flexibility, constant rethinking and regular exchange with stakeholders and surroundings.

You can read the whole meeting review and find a picture gallery at: http://pleecproject.eu/news/85-review-3rd-pleec-energy-efficiency-forum-pleec-partner-meeting-tartu.html 
After this fruitful and very well-organized meeting in Tartu we would like to take up this opportunity to present our hosts and well appreciated member of the PLEEC partner consortium - tadam -  The City of Tartu!

Tartu is an old city: nearly one thousand years have passed since it was first mentioned in historical records, and the Swedes founded its university in 1632. Tartu is a young city, where students and schoolchildren set the vibe on the streets.
Tartu is a small city, with a population of just near 100,000.  Tartu is a large city by way of its cultural impact: there are few Estonian scientists, scholars, creators and thinkers that have not been associated with Tartu or found encouragement and inspiration here.
Tartu is a city of traditions - the birthplace of Estonia’s song festivals, professional theatre, the collection of national folklore, and the Estonian National Museum. Tartu is an innovative city - open to subcultures, street art, and creative experiments.
Tartu is a quiet city: metropolitan hustle and bustle is only found on the main streets - just a couple of steps away, and you’re on a tranquil side street or in a park; a couple more, and you’ll reach nature, a riverside meadow or a grove of trees. Tartu is a loud city that holds student days, a literary festival, a film festival, Hanseatic Days, and other major events that can sweep you along with them.
Tartu is a city of ideas, the location of several trailblazing IT companies. Tartu is a city of
movement, an internationally renowned marathon centre.
Tartu ranks 15th in the European Smart Cities benchmark for smart people (esp. flexibility and level of qualification). The basis of the development of Tartu City is sustainable development, requiring that activities planned may not harm the quality of life of future generations.
These principles are set by the strategy “Tartu Agenda 21”, which was initiated by the City Government and approved by the City Council. The Tartu City Government, the private sector, organizations and others follow these principles and are responsible for the impact on the environment caused either by their activity or inactivity.
Tartu City also joins the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability and with Aalborg Commitments. The SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) for Tartu was submitted in May 2015, the Covenant of Mayors signed in 2014.
The aim of Tartu City is to reduce the ecological footprint of the city and to ensure a cleaner and better living environment for future generations. 

We are proud that this ambitious city belongs to our PLEEC partner consortium! Thank you very much for the warm welcome we enjoyed these days in Tartu!