Our local buildings and our homes are one of the problems that we face at all scales on the difficult path to carbon neutrality in Europe, to reduce in the end our environmental footprint. The solution involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way. For anyone who wonders how our buildings and the built environment of our municipalities can become climate-proof, the 10th annual edition of Sustainable Places (SP2022) is the event not tmiss out! This year, Sustainable Places 2022 will be held over four days in a hybrid (digital + in-person) event format from the 6th to the 9th of September, 2022. The event will be organized in-person in Nice (France) at the Mediterranean University Centre.
LocalRES, in collaboration withthree Horizon 2020 sisters’ projects (Creators, Hestia and Lightness) will actively join the conference with the workshop “Engaging people and thechnologies in the future of energy”. The workshop intends to shed light on the importance of engaging people and unlocking the potential of technologies to promote Energy Communities and meet the EU’s ambition of a joint net zero emission of greenhouse gases by the year 2050. To ensure a people-centred, sustainable, just and innovative energy future, citizens and experts must be brought into dialogue to co-design new ways of organising around energy. During the workshop, key experts will illustrate approaches, strategies and solutions being tested in different typologies of Energy Communities. Instead of a techno-centric approach, these projects will present their methods to engage people and co-design technologies to forward a clean and fair energy transition.
The Creators Project will show how stakeholder needs in industrial sites are met using technologies; LocalRES will drive reflections about the role of local representatives and citizens in co-designing technologies and Energy Communities; Hestia Project can drive conclusions about how engagement and gender inclusion, paired with energy and digital literacy, can boost the effectiveness of demand response technologies; and the Lightness Project will illustrate how an environmental justice framework is being implemented to co-create Energy Communities through technological and social innovation. A high-level dialogue will be drawn by the experiences of these real cases, and to contribute to the decentralisation, decarbonization and democratisation of energy.
Across all editions, the annual edition of Sustainable Places has been a place to shape and reflect how we think about buildings and the built environment.
The event will be followed by a networking session and welcome cocktail, allowing the international Sustainable Places community to connect and co-create research and market opportunities within the vibrant French clean-tech and sustainability ecosystem.