Project goal: providing professional support to local authorities in harmonising their SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plans) and SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans).


Project duration: Phase I 2016 – 2017, Phase II 2018 – 2019


Description: European policies have set ambitious sustainability targets for all levels of governance for 2020 and the coming decades, expecting important reductions in GHG emissions, a significant increase in energy efficiency and in production from renewable sources, and a dramatic reduction of Europe’s dependence on imported oil. The role of local authorities through their local strategic energy, transport and mobility plans is pivotal to meet these targets. However, individual sectoral plans dealing with energy, trans-port and mobility separately have often proved inefficient to provide effective, long-term solutions. The SIMPLA project offers local authorities an innovative, comprehensive approach to harmonize energy, transport and mobility planning in the frame of wider urban development and land-use planning, providing a step-by-step methodology described in the chapters of these guidelines.

The guidelines are the outcome of a preparatory process entailing extensive consultations in the territories of the SIMPLA partnership. An acknowledgement goes to the over 350 stakeholders, institutional and non-institutional actors involved, including local, regional and national authorities, academy and research centres, national and local energy agencies, utilities, associations, environmental NGOs. Their feedback was elaborated by an international team of energy, mobility and climate change experts to come up with the concept underpinning the SIMPLA methodology.

Project activities:

  • professional support to local authorities in harmonising their sustainable energy plans and sustainable urban mobility plans with targeted training programmes and mentorship,
  • pilot-activities in the field of energy development and sustainable transport of the local community,
  • pilot-activities aimed at getting information on the citizens’ present mobility and on the needs and attitudes that may influence projected mobility development in the territory of the city of Rijeka and its wider suburbs.

Project partners:

  • AREA Science park Trieste – coordinator
  • REA Regional Energy Agency Kvarner – activity implementer for Croatia,
  • Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Istria County
  • associated cities: Rijeka, Pula, Pazin, Poreč, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Varaždin, Čakovec, Ludbreg, Križevci, Osijek
  • associated cities in Italy, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria.

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