Translating local action into sustainable impact
18 – 19 September 2023 – Rotterdam (NL)


An energy system that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels requires close collaboration of us all – from states to municipalities. The European partnership Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) aims to support this collaboration by sharing knowledge and creating real impact in urban transitions. On 18 and 19 September 2023, you will get the chance to learn how to progress towards sustainable cities during the Climate Neutral Districts workshop in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

At this two-day event, you get the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the Dutch National Programme Local Heat Transition (NPLW), in which city districts are successfully trialing different methods to move towards a low-carbon energy system. You will become inspired by practical lessons that the City of Rotterdam and other Dutch cities gained in neighbourhood-scale projects. Furthermore, there is plenty of space to exchange experiences with fellow urban policy officials from cities all around Europe. And by reflecting on useful approaches for sharing knowledge between city administrations, you help each other and DUT itself to further improve the application of new ideas and insights in practice.



The first day (9.00-18.00) introduces you to Rotterdam and the opportunities that the energy transition brings to this famous maritime city. The day consists of multiple site-visits to local projects where experimentation with climate neutral neighbourhoods is well underway. We will get to know the people that work on these projects as well as the citizens who take part in the push for a sustainable future.

The second day (9.00-14.30) dives deeper into the NPLW (the Dutch National Programme Local Heat Transition) with keynote speakers, various workshops and presentations that give insights into the broader approach to sustainability in the Netherlands. You will be inspired to reflect on what lessons, insights and tricks you can take back home with you to create added value in your own city.



The event aims to involve municipal (or regional level) officials, as well as national level policy makers. People that shape and implement the local heat transition. Register now because we have limited availability of places. For participants from other European countries we provide a (maximised) reimbursement for costs for travel and overnight stay.

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