We presented the results of our MULTIPLY project in online workshops

The main results of our MULTIPLY project were presented in 3 online workshops, with the aim of disseminating the project's experiences to the widest possible audience of local authorities beyond the 7 municipalities participating in the project. In the first two workshops we presented our energy planning tool developed within the project, in separate events for small and large municipalities/districts. Our third workshop focused on our recently published publication "Good practices of Hungarian local governments for climate-smart settlement development", which provides guidance for climate-smart settlement development through good examples of Hungarian local governments.

On 10 March, we held two workshops entitled "Save money in local government: prepare your own local energy plan", from 10:00 to 12:00 for local governments with less than 10,000 inhabitants and from 14:00 to 16:00 for local government with more than 10,000 inhabitants. The aim of the workshops was to present the energy planning tool developed within the framework of our MULTIPLY project, which enables local governments to develop an energy plan for their settlement or part of their settlement independently, without the need for external expertise or subcontractors. During the workshop we gave practical advice to the participants on how to use the descriptive template and Excel calculator downloadable from the Energiaklub website, which was developed last year by the 3 municipalities participating in the MULTIPLY project: Ajka, Sopronkövesd and Répceszemere.

The success of our participating local governments proves that using our Energy Plan template and calculator, independent energy planning by local governments is possible and has many benefits. As local governments are the most aware of local conditions and areas for development, they are best placed to draw up realistic plans for feasible measures. An important aspect is that as local governments can incorporate their own thoughts and ideas into their Energy Plans, they are more motivated to implement them and, unlike many development documents, the chances are much higher that the plan will not be written for a drawer but will be implemented in practice.

Our workshop for small settlements can be viewed on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3UYoTq29Rs&t=4380s

On 7 April, we organised our third event, where we presented our recently published publication "Good practices of Hungarian local governments for climate-smart settlements development". The guide, which can be downloaded from the Energiaklub website, shows how to apply a climate-conscious approach to settlement development through 11 good practices in Ajka, Budapest 13th district, Budaörs, Répceszemere, Sopronkövesd and Szarvas. At the start of the event, Kata Győri gave a brief insight into the content of the publication, with a short summary of the case studies of the 6 themes. After the presentation of the guide, the representatives of the local governments of Budaörs, Répceszemere and Budapest XIII. district gave a short presentation about their ongoing or completed projects in the settlements. The representative of Budaörs spoke about the implementation of the Positive Energy District, the representative of the 13th district of Budapest spoke about the involvement of the population in green space development projects, and the mayor of Répceszemere described how, during his almost 30 years in office, he has worked to increase the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in his municipality. In addition to the presentation and good examples from Hungary, Csaba Csontos, an expert from the Energy Club, gave practical guidance to local governments on how to tackle energy poverty.

Our publication launch workshop is available on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrUizHcx2TE&t=1s&ab_channel=ENERGIAKLUB

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Győri Kata [email protected]