Foresight workshop in Vitoria-Gasteiz

From SmartEnCity to PATEI2030: foresight workshops in Lighthouse City Vitoria Gasteiz

09 Jun 2020

Starting from the results generated within SmartEnCity project, Vitoria-Gasteiz is now developing a foresight exercise as a part of Municipality’s Integrated Energy Transition Action Plan 2030 (PATEI 2030 in Spanish), as a mid-way checkpoint towards City’s carbon neutrality strategy to be achieved in 2050.

After a first Diagnosis already carried out, this foresight exercise is the second step in the process of generating the PATEI 2030, consisting of two foresight workshops to develop the various visions of the future Vitoria-Gasteiz, engaging the key stakeholders of the city. All input generated in these scenarios will support the development of the final PATEI 2030, intending to make present-day decisions that steer the city towards the fulfilment of the desired scenario in 2030.

The Spanish partners of SmartEnCity collaborated in the task-group to develop both foresight workshops. The first one was celebrated on January 2020, while the second workshop was held on February. The first scenario-building workshop brought together 42 stakeholders. The aim was to list the most important smart city trends, vote on the most relevant and uncertain trends and develop the four resulting scenarios in detail, followed by presentations. The second scenario-building workshop had 41 participants, most of them already present in the first workshop, ensuring the continuity of the task. The aim was to improve the four scenarios formerly developed by task force members, to decide on the most desirable scenario for Vitoria-Gasteiz and to come up with a vision for PATEI 2030.

Regarding next steps in this process, the participants will be now grouped into thematic expert groups, so they can take the following steps of defining the PATEI 2030, contributing to the definition of specific projects.

After setting up the vision in the 2nd foresight workshop, the strategic objectives of the plan will be created. Following those objectives, several main axes and strategic lines will propose sectorial groups of actions, to fulfil the city vision chosen by 2030, which is intended to be achieved by the identification of specific projects under each of those strategic lines. Each of those projects will present an estimation of budget, a description and key responsibilities of the development, and a climate proofing contrast. And finally, an indicator system will be developed in order to monitor the fulfilment of the contents of the plan, according to the requirement of the Law of energy and sustainability of the Basque Country, recently approved in 2019.

A good plan for a better future!