The URBACT II programme (2007 – 2013) aims at improving the efficiency of integrated and sustainable urban development policies in Europe and supporting the implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy. The Programme’s specific objectives are:
- to facilitate the exchange of experience and learning among city policy makers, practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development, local and regional authorities.
- to disseminate widely the experiences and examples of good practice achieved by cities and to ensure the transfer of know-how in the area of sustainable urban development.
- to assist policy-makers and practitioners in the cities, managers of operational programmes and other actors to define action plans on sustainable development of urban areas During the 2012 Capitalization process the URBACT Programme will bring a range of key stakeholders together from across the EU to explore the manifold challenges facing European cities.
In order to structure their activities six workstreams have been identified with the following subjects (working titles):
- Social Polarisation
- Spatial Polarisation
- Demographic Change
- Sustainable Mobility
- Jobs and Growth
- Building Energy Efficiency
According to Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy, the recently published report Cities of Tomorrow (DG Regional Policy, October 2011) is part of a reflection process which aims to provide inspiration for policymakers and practitioners involved in urban development, whether at local, regional, national or European level.
The activities of the URBACT Capitalisation workstream 6 Building Energy Efficiency will be inspired by the principles of the report Cities of Tomorrow and by the outcome of the Conference Cohesion policy investing in energy efficiency in buildings. organised by DG Regional Policy at the end of November 2011 in Brussels. For the definition of coherent and relevant outputs the workstream will have to take into account the main European initiatives in the field of energy efficiency in the built environment, an essential bibliography and the work in progress in the URBACT Networks dealing with related topics. An important step of this process will be the organisation of a Thematic Workshop at the URBACT Annual Conference in Copenhagen 3-4 December 2012.