Programme

THU. 23 APRIL 2020

FRI. 24 APRIL 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak,
together with the city of Heerlen
we decided to postpone our Forum to a later date.

The first Cities & Citizens Energy Forum
will take place from the 15th to the 17th September 2020.

 

9.00 - 14.00

Greening our cities with district energy

Join the HeatNet NWE Project final Conference and learn about district heating and cooling from more than 15 pilot cases across Europe.

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09.00 - 17.00

Hotmaps - Training sessions

  • 1st session: 9.00 to 13.00
  • 2nd session: 14.00 to 17.00

The same training session will take place in the morning and then it will be repeated in the afternoon.

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09.00 - 15.00

Conference and capacity-building workshop on one-stop-shops : Attractive home-renovation service packages for homeowners

Learn from the local authorities and private sector experts from 11 European places who have developed attractive home renovation service packages for homeowners, offered conveniently in one location – ‘a one-stop-shop’.

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15.00 to 17.00

Heerlen Energy Tours

Visit to Mijnwater Company facilities

The company Mijnwater has developed a unique low temperature heating and cooling network across the city, using the geothermal energy of flooded coal mines.

Programme:

  • A guided bus tour of the different sites, to show where it started, where they are now and what is planned for the future (Heerlerheide C, BHV Hoensbroek, Centrumleiding, Brunssum). At the end of the bus tour, a short visit to the Mijnwater Energy Station in Maankwartier will follow.
  • Meeting point: Small square at Parallelweg 2 
  • Max. 50 participants

 

Visit to Heerlen’s Maankwartier

The new train and bus station area is a must-see when in South Limburg and Heerlen. The Moon District is a work of art, and a place where people can work, live and enjoy themselves. Maankwartier is a design by well-known Heerlen artist Michel Huisman. Within the artwork, another 89 smaller artworks are contained. Some very visible, like the Heliostat, others hidden as an architectural detail. All artworks have their own story and depict a Zodiac sign. This district tells an inspiring story about the rise of a city after decline.

Programme:

  • Presentation and guided walk by Michel Huisman himself!
  • Meeting point: Royal Theater
  • Max. 25 participants

 

Street art Tour

Art is everywhere in Heerlen! From small hidden mini-murals to huge murals from famous international artists. They are all over the place.

Programme:

  • Guided walk by Raenys Martis
  • Meeting point: front entrance of the Royal Theater
  • Max. 25 participants

 

Heerlen city walk

A guided walk around the city and its historical sites.

Heerlen has its origins in a Roman settlement at the crossroads of two military paths. Only in the twelfth century did men come across the name “Herle” on burial columns and other remains. With the rise of the coal industry and the connection to the rail network, the village Heerlen was growing into a city at the start of the twentieth century.

Programme:

  • Guided walk by VVV Zuid Limburg, including visit to the Roman Bathhouse
  • Meeting point: VVV office, Bongerd 19, Heerlen (5 minute walk from Royal Theater).
  • Max. 20 participants

 

Site visits are in English and registration is required. They are organised by Heerlen City Council.

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18.00 to 19.00

Opening of the Cities & Citizens Energy Forum

Meet the host city: Heerlen Energy Transition Story with Emile ROEMER – Heerlen Mayor, Charles CLAESSENS – Heerlen Deputy Mayor, Angelique PALMEN– CEO of Mijnwater, Eckart WÜRZNER – President of Energy Cities.

Moderator: Eugene QUINN

Location: Royal Theater

Evening: 19.00 to 20.30

Opening drink offered by Heerlen City Council

Location: Royal Theater

From 20.30

Social dining experience - Organised by Eugene Quinn, Space & Place

Live like a local for one night out and get a sense of place in Heerlen, hear the local perspective on people’s priorities and desires. With this session we also want to give a unique opportunity to locals to hear about a part of Europe. It is a conversation adventure, and a useful exchange of ideas.

Facilitator: Eugene QUINN

Location: Restaurant Grand Turquoise

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak,
together with the city of Heerlen
we decided to postpone our Forum to a later date.

The first Cities & Citizens Energy Forum
will take place from the 15th to the 17th September 2020.

Moderator: Eugene QUINN, Space & Place

8.15 - 9.00

Registration

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

9.00 - 9.30

Opening

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

9.30 - 10.45

Inspiration session - Cities and citizens cooperation: how to foster positive change at local level?

Keynote address by Professor TINE DE MOOR

“Local initiatives often lead to a rediscovery of solidarity. People look beyond their own front door they see a common interest.”

 

Tine de Moor is professor at the Utrecht University, specialised in the interactions between institutions and collective actions. Through extensive research, including on energy communities, she will by opening our conference, set the scene for our debates, questioning the roles of municipalities in fostering collective production (energy, food, circular economy…), redesigning local planning policies and governance model. With the assumption that in the future, cities have to coordinate and facilitate collaboration between local stakeholders and base their economy on untapped local resources.

 

Keynote address by Julien DOSSIER

How to help local communities imagining their future? Julien Dossier, sustainable city specialist, did that by revisiting the masterpiece of renaissance painter Lorenzetti “The good governance”.

A debate with participants will follow

 

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

10.45 - 11.15

Networking break

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

11.15 - 12.30

Exchange sessions

  • Cities going gas-free: visions & models

With Pallas AGTERBERG, Alliander
Els STRUIVING, Paddepoel Energiek
Moderator: Judith NEYER, Urban Innovation Vienna

  • Time to share: tips for better promotion of cities’ climate & energy action
  • Energy transition best practices: learn more about innovative local activities!

 

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

13.30 – 16.15

Exchange sessions: Working together with serious games

Can you have fun while bringing forward the energy transition together with your stakeholders?
We believe so! During these 2 sessions, you can try one of the following serious games or learn about how other cities developed their own.

1) Test one of the following games:

  • FUTUREGOV (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)

The FuturGov game uses people’s anticipatory assumptions about what the future may look like to generate conversations, negotiations and collaborations. By designing a process through which participants immerse themselves into the future, take on roles that are not theirs, and strategize to achieve their goals, the FuturGov game generates a participatory setting in which a debate can take place. Immerse yourself into the future with the FuturGov game. New policies for the future will be discussed and power relations revealed. Your goal is to be the most influential player of the game in reaching your objective by interacting and collaborating with other actors. Prepare your negotiation and debating skills, and put on your strategic thinking cap!

Game Master: Lucia VESNIC ALUJEVIC, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

 

  • Scenario Exploration System (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)

The Scenario Exploration System (SES) is an award-winning stakeholder’s engagement tool. This role-playing board and card game engages participants to create unique stories while exploring possible and contrasting scenarios. It provides a platform for future-oriented systemic thinking and makes policy matters easier to understand and more engaging!

Game Master: Laurent BONTOUX, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

More information…

 

  • Transition Dynamics (Flemish Government)

Transition Dynamics is a game developed by the Flamish Government. The purpose of the game is to have players experience and act through a plausible transition toward a more sustainable future.

Game Master: Peter DE SEMDT, Flemish Government

 

  • The Climate Collage

The Climate Collage is a serious game about climate change, based on collective intelligence and creativity. During the game, you will retrace the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s reasoning and have fun doing it! You will also have the opportunity to discuss the consequences, challenges and changes that you see are coming or should be coming.

Game Master: Julien JOUBERT, Energy Cities

 

  • New Shores Game (Centre for System Solutions)

New Shores is an online multiplayer game in which players take up the quest to settle a fictional island. Covered with lush forests and rich in coal, this new home offers humanity an unprecedented opportunity for a more balanced and sustainable future. Will players seize this chance? Free to govern themselves, participants can communicate and collaborate or go through the game without giving much concern to the environment or others. Using coal can dramatically improve the island’s development but what will be the cost?

Game Master: Aleksandra SOLINSKA

Participants should bring their own laptop / tablets in order to play.

 

  • Game Changers (FuturesCraft)

Game changers is a story-telling board and card game created to engage players in critical conversations about conflicting discourses underlying emerging »new economy« models, such as sharing, smart, circular and collaborative economy. The game also uses elements of transitions theory. Players are invited to create and plug and play new cards, playing fields or even the rules of the game, which can get adopted and carried through to next iterations. The process thus allows customization in different sustainability transition contexts or context combinations.

Game Master: Rok KRANIC, FuturesCraft

 

2) Workshop: Why so serious?
Local authorities using gamification for citizen engagement

  • Learn more about how other cities developed and used serious games.

 

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

16.15 - 16.30

Networking break

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theater

16.30 - 18.00

Energy Cities General Assembly

Energy Cities General Assembly
30 years of Energy Cities, what’s next for the decades to come?

For members only

 

Debate session

The session will be introduced by Professor Hans Bruyninckx the Executive Director of the European Environmental Agency. He will set the scene, presenting the Agency’s risk assessment for cities in the future. A discussion with mayors will follow.

 

Then, during 30 minutes, Mayors answer the questions:

  • How these risks resonate with your own forecast for your constituency? If transformed into opportunities, what will they be ?
  • How do you see your role of Mayor, the role of the city administration in 10 years ? you are role model for your citizen, what does it mean for your own lifestyle ?
  • Therefore, what for will you need Energy Cities in 2030 ?

 

Election of the Board of Directors

From 19.30 to 23:00

Dinner and Party

You are invited to celebrate Energy Cities’ 30th anniversary!
Any request for the DJ? Maybe a traditional song from your city or one on sustainability? Do not hesitate to ask!  We would like suggestions and requests on the night, to engage with our network and celebrate a sense of place and exchange!

Location: Hoensbroek Castle

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak,
together with the city of Heerlen
we decided to postpone our Forum to a later date.

The first Cities & Citizens Energy Forum
will take place from the 15th to the 17th September 2020.

How can cities and civil society bring some concrete ideas to the Climate Pact?

Moderator: Eugene QUINN, Space & Place

9.00 - 9.15

Wake up!

Introduction of the day.

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theatre 

9.15 - 10.45

Exchange sessions: Exchange sessions on city-citizen collaboration

  • Ideas generation: City-citizen collaboration on future energy transition projects.
  • Best practice sharing: (put here the text that was in the details) How can local authorities successfully co- design and implement transition strategies with their inhabitants and stakeholders? Many cities developed innovative processes and are ready to share!

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theatre 

10.45 - 11.00

Networking break

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theatre 

11.00 - 11.15

Award Ceremony: “Heerlen, your energy city!”

Discover the winners of the local prize launched in the framework of our “Greening” activites“.

11.15 - 12.45

Plenary session - European Climate culture: embarking everybody in the transformation

The European Commission published its Climate law on the 4th of March and launched a consultation on a European Climate pact the same day. This debate session aims to discuss what cities would propose for the local pillar of the European Climate pact on each of the main challenges identified:

  • Educating by real empowerment: going beyond individual carbon tracking
  • Mobilising by showing and sharing benefits (and responsabilities)
  • Alining all policies by climate mainstreaming budgets

 

  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission
  • Dirk Vasintjan, President of REScoop.eu
  • Dr. Eckart Wurzner, President of Energy Cities, Member of the Covenants Boards, Mayor of Heidelberg (DE)
  • Aoife Fleming, UN Youth Representative on Sustainable Development

 

Moderator: Claire Roumet, Energy Cities

12.45 - 13.00

Conclusive remarks

  • Launch of the “Cities & Citizens Energy Partnership” Award

Later this year, we would like to open a competition and reward innovative partnerships between cities and their citizens.

  • The 2021 edition of the Cities and Citizens Energy Forum

Discover the member city that will host the next Forum.

 

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theatre 

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch break

Location: Parkstad Limburg Theatre 

14.30 - 16.30

Heerlen Energy Tours

Visit to Mijnwater Company facilities

The company Mijnwater has developed a unique low temperature heating and cooling network across the city, using the geothermal energy of flooded coal mines.

Programme:

  • A guided bus tour of the different sites, to show where it started, where they are now and what is planned for the future (Heerlerheide C, BHV Hoensbroek, Centrumleiding, Brunssum). At the end of the bus tour, a short visit to the Mijnwater Energy Station in Maankwartier will follow.
  • Meeting point: Small square at Parallelweg 2 
  • Max. 50 participants

 

Visit to Heerlen’s Maankwartier

The new train and bus station area is a must-see when in South Limburg and Heerlen. The Moon District is a work of art, and a place where people can work, live and enjoy themselves. Maankwartier is a design by well-known Heerlen artist Michel Huisman. Within the artwork, another 89 smaller artworks are contained. Some very visible, like the Heliostat, others hidden as an architectural detail. All artworks have their own story and depict a Zodiac sign. This district tells an inspiring story about the rise of a city after decline.

Programme:

  • Presentation and guided walk by Michel Huisman himself!
  • Meeting point: Royal Theater
  • Max. 25 participants

 

Street art Tour

Art is everywhere in Heerlen! From small hidden mini-murals to huge murals from famous international artists. They are all over the place.

Programme:

  • Guided walk by Raenys Martis
  • Meeting point: front entrance of the Royal Theater
  • Max. 25 participants

 

Heerlen city walk

A guided walk around the city and its historical sites.

Heerlen has its origins in a Roman settlement at the crossroads of two military paths. Only in the twelfth century did men come across the name “Herle” on burial columns and other remains. With the rise of the coal industry and the connection to the rail network, the village Heerlen was growing into a city at the start of the twentieth century.

Programme:

  • Guided walk by VVV Zuid Limburg, including visit to the Roman Bathhouse
  • Meeting point: VVV office, Bongerd 19, Heerlen (5 minute walk from Royal Theater).
  • Max. 20 participants

 

Site visits are in English and registration is required. They are organised by Heerlen City Council.