STEP UP is an energy and sustainable city planning programme that assists cities in enhancing their sustainable energy action plans, and in integrating energy planning into their sustainable city planning. A partnership of twelve organisations, the programme is working together with local government, research and commercial partners in the European cities of:
STEP UP brings together excellence in energy planning and low carbon energy projects from these four cities to create a coherent and easy-to-use model for energy planning.
The STEP UP cities have experience of the Covenant of Mayors' Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) energy planning process and a number of common characteristics and socio-economic factors that enhance their ability to work together and learn from each other. The Sustainable Energy Action Plans, that each city has produced, all outline clear and ambitious energy efficiency and CO2 reduction targets.
The project combines expertise in energy planning, economics, finance, technology, project management and delivery and has representatives from each city council, ensuring the active participation and political commitment of the cities themselves.