Warsaw City Lab: Novel collaborative governance arrangements to make energy more visible in Warsaw
Testing new co-creation governance schemes to make energy use better understood and more efficient among users
City Lab research led by: the City of Warsaw and Kozminsky University
Warsaw is the capital and the largest city in Poland. The population of the greater metropolitan area is about 3.1 million.
Warsaw’s Mayor has chaired the Warsaw Climate Protection Team since it began operating in 2008. The team consists of department directors and NGOs representatives, and aims to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption within the city. In 2009, Warsaw joined the Covenant of Mayors and in September 2011, the city adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Warsaw (SEAP) with the target of reducing carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2020.
With respect to energy policy, Warsaw’s primary goal is to ensure that residents can access energy and fuel, while simultaneously working within the tenants of sustainable development and ensuring environmental protection.
The city has become involved in several projects to support the well-being of citizens in this regard. For instance, the city supports renewable energy installations with municipal funds and in their communal buildings; it also subsidises such installations for citizens.
City Lab Description
The City of Warsaw aims to develop collaborative governance arrangements to make energy use more visible and better understood. The City Lab will focus specifically on vulnerable households and public buildings through the lens of energy consumption patterns.
The City Lab will work with population groups with unique needs by targeting child care homes (semi-private spaces), and selected municipal agencies (public spaces). Users and stakeholders active in these spaces will be engaged in trainings and direct feedback mechanisms on energy use, which will all be co-created with the participation of City Departments, users and researchers.
The City Lab will collaboratively examine ways of changing people’s perceptions, and illustrate to users the connections between energy consumption and daily routine. This aims to increase energy efficiency in target areas and to enable energy savings, will simultaneously engaging and empowering users through meaningful co-creation.