EU City Lab on Energy Transition

Edited on 10/04/2024

Join URBACT and EUI for its first joint lab!

  • Energy transition
Open to a wider public

Viladecans , Spain

23-24 November 2023


URBACT Programme

EU City Lab on Energy Transition - Viladecans

Discover local learning communities’ practices, the challenges to set up energy communities and how a multi-level governance approach can help to shape better cities.


This City Lab is co-organised by URBACT and the European Urban Initiative. This event will take place from the morning of 23 November, until the afternoon of the following day. Hosted in Viladecans, a Spanish city that is 20 minutes away from the centre of Barcelona by public transportation, participants will be welcome from all over Europe and live translation Spanish-English will be provided. 


Under the VILAWATT Urban Initiative Actions’ project, the municipality of Viladecans had the exquisite opportunity to develop an energy citywide strategy, as well as to explore alternatives for citizen engagement and retrofitting buildings. With the URBACT Transfer Mechanism pilot, the city could further refine actions, while learning and exchanging with three project partners. The work of this network also reflected on the possible ways to implement the European Commission's Clean Energy for All Europeans Package (2020), which recognises the rights of citizens and communities to engage directly in the energy sector.


Come hear from the Viladecans' voices and many other cities on how to take the leap towards the energy transition! 



23 November - DAY 1
Timing (CEST) Session and activities
9.00 Welcome breakfast

Plugging in: introduction by the municipality of Viladecans, URBACT and EUI

_Jordi Mazon, Viladecans' Deputy Mayor
enny Koutsomarkou, URBACT


Switching on the EU light: keynote speech about the context at EU level

_Ganna Gladkykh, European Energy Research Alliance

10.20 Demistifying the energy transition: key concepts, definitions and terminologies
10.40 Coffee break
11.00 Viladecans powerful story: an in-depth look at the citywide energy strategy and citizen engagement


Good Practices across Europe: understanding how different levels have different roles to play

_Nuri Palmada, Som Energia and REScoop.EU Board Member
_Miklós Bárczi, Express Innovation Agency (HU)
_Harry Kalliaras, Advisor to the Mayor of Trikala (EL)
_Joaquín Villar, Junta de Andalucia (ES)
_Fernando Gonzalez, Getafe Ayuntamiento (ES)

13.00 Lunch break
14.30 City study visits to:

_Vilawatt office and district
_Placa Europa municipal market
Enxaneta School
Municipal library

18.00 Networking cocktail
24 November - DAY 2
Timing (CEST) Session and activities
9.30 Re-plugging in: city study visits' debrief
9.45 Sharing and learning communities: untapping the potential of citizen engagement

Break out groups on how to face challenges

_Getting people on board: how to motivate sceptical citizens and politicians

_Setting up energy communities: how to create successful communities

_Ensuring a just transition: how to tackle energy poverty

_Finding green funds: how to finance renewable energy projects

11.10 Coffee break
11.30 Setting the path ahead: plenary session for future priority identification
12.30 Wrap up and upcoming opportunities

_Amélie Cousin, European Urban Initiative
12.45 Farewell lunch






The sessions for the EU City Lab are subject of change and speakers will be confirmed on the upcoming days. Seats are limited and registrations will be approved on a first come first served basis.