The second EnEff:Stadt Conference took place in Berlin in the conference centre of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 14 and 15 January 2014. Besides the latest project experience, it offered the 200 participants interdisciplinary analyses and new findings on key topics and questions of the research initiative for the first time, in addition to recent project experience. The conference is aimed equally at researchers and decision-makers from local authorities and utilities and at architects, urban planners and energy/climate protection officers in the cities and communities. In addition to the keynote presentations, there were two guided tours of the poster exhibition, with the project managers from the current pilot projects on hand to answer questions from the delegates. The afternoon of the first day was dedicated to the EnEff:Stadt projects in Berlin-Adlershof. A guided bus tour was followed by an evening event there, with technical and cultural elements – sponsored by the Senate of Berlin, WISTA Management and BTB. The message of the EnEff:Stadt conference is that, with its varied experience and findings from demonstration projects, technology developments and testing of new planning processes and instruments, “Research for energy-efficient cities” can inspire local authorities to start their own projects. With its complex challenges, scientific expertise and interdisciplinarity, EnEff:Stadt epitomises innovation in practical testing with simultaneous networking of all stakeholders – energy revolution at a municipal level but on a laboratory scale. However, this also means that only widespread application of research-based knowledge in cities and communities guarantees multiplication of innovations – from the prototype to the masses.
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