News & Events

A number of stakeholder events will take place over the next 18 months in each city and project results will be presented in a variety of ways, including via our social media sites. You can also keep track of everything that’s happening via our news-feed below:

8 July 2015

Presenting STEEP at the Major Cities of Europe Workshop

Almost thirty participants from different European cities gathered in Florence on the 12th of March for a one day workshop about “implementing innovation in your City: the real issues behind the myth”. The workshop focused on practical issues that a city administration needs to address when trying to implement innovation through ICT in the city. Beyond stereotypes and myths; the goal of the workshop was to catch the practical issues and the concrete patterns that work better in the most advanced Smart Cities in Europe. Examples from cities like Barcelona, Genova, Zurich, Roma or Torino were shared as successful approaches when engaging citizens and private organisations.

Specific presentations by the cities of Florence and Bristol were also delivered as examples of innovation that proved being successful. STEEP project also was presented as a good practice in integrated planning and stakeholders’ engagement.


8 July 2015

Integrated Planning Needs Integrated Strategy: Networking STEEP and CITyFiED

One of the main goals of STEEP project is to tackle engagement of stakeholders so that an integrated planning process can be delivered in cities. The involvement of citizens but also the involvement of city’s stakeholders is essential to take into consideration all the elements of the added value chain of a city. The methodology developed in STEEP project shows how an integrated planning can be developed to foster the smart city strategy. This is something that the CITyFiED (UE-FP7) project is intending to develop. The goal is to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.


Both STEEP and CITyFiED projects share partners, such as TECNALIA and ACCIONA, and the cities of Florence and San Sebastian are also involved. On March 25 2015 one of the demonstration sites was visited in the city of Soma (Turkey). The workshop was joined by Mr. Mario Dionisio of the European Commission and 19 city representatives from 15 cities and one region, including the cities of Florence and San Sebastian.




8 July 2015

Networking with CELSIUS (UE-FP7) Project

As part of the networking activity to exchange experiences and learning with other European projects, in the last week of May, Fomento San Sebastián took part in the workshop organized by the lead partner of CELSIUS Project, Goteborg Energi in the Swedish city of Gothemburg. The event was meant to show the potential of short-term storage in buildings in order to help reducing peak demands of district heating systems, connection of ships to the district heating network while in the port to reduce their fuel consumption and aspects of the management of this type of networks. The Goteberog Energi company is being operating the system for over 60 years and manages over 1.300Km of pipes being the most important energy network in the city.


There is enough waste heat produced in the EU to satisfy the total thermic demand of the EU’s building stock and district heating is the technology that can make use of it. The CELSIUS project brings together excellence and expertise fro​​​m five European cities with complementary energy baseline positions (Cologne, Genoa, London, Gothenburg and Rotterdam) to learn about district heating operation as well as district cooling and plan, implement and optimise smart infrastructure solutions for heat and cooling.



8 July 2015

Spreading the STEEP Methodology to other Cities

Organized by the Latin American Union of Municipalities (UIM) and Fomento San Sebastian, around 30 people from different Latin American City Councils had the opportunity to learn about the case of San Sebastian in developing smart policies in innovation, sustainability and talent. For a whole week in May several visits were organized to visualize a clear picture of the work that is developed to foster the city’s development. Particularly in reference to the joint work between the municipality, through Fomento San Sebastian, the academic world, the R+D+i network and local companies. Urban cluster policies in which all stakeholders are represented, are the basis for organizing collective intelligence and strenghten productive innovation through networks.


Participants came from Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Dominican Republic. A good opportunity to present the integrated planning methodology developed through the STEEP project and exchange views about how it could be applied and developed in their countries.

8 July 2015

STEEP Participating in the EIP Meeting in Berlin

On 21st May 2015 the General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) took place within the framework of the Metropolitan Solutions Trade Fair in Berlin (Germany).

The assembly attracted over 450 registered participants from across all sectors of the EIP, including nearly 150 attendees who were not yet members of the Partnership.

Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, opened the conference. She highlighted the opportunities linked to promoting Smart Cities in Europe and stressed the need for a more coherent and better-coordinated approach. This is a key priority for the Juncker Commission which will continue to support the EIP as a key platform for collaboration and project development.

Three panels of speakers filled the morning session. A Smart City is smart when actions are city-needs driven and benefit citizens. This was the core of the debate in the 3rd panel on Smart Cities and citizen involvement with the participation of George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol.

In the afternoon, more than 200 members of the partnership worked in breakout sessions within their respective Action Clusters on new initiatives and projects spanning across the different groups. STEEP project is partner of Integrated Planning & Policy and Regulations Cluster.

19 December 2014

Florence discusses STEEP as part of Electric Vehicle conference

On the 19th December 2014, STEEP project partners in Italy discussed the merits of the Systems’ Thinking Methodology at the international electric vehicle Conference (IEVC)  held in the city of Florence.


Electric vehicle event


Members of Florence Municipality presented the project’s aims and objectives to an audience of international stakeholders, in what was a highly successful event.


19 December 2014

November 2014, STEEP partners in Bristol present Energy Masterplan

Members of the STEEP project in Bristol recently presented a first draft of their ‘District Energy Masterplan’ toSTEEP plan key Stakeholders of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (TQEZ).

The plan consolidates actions and interventions that were identified as part of STEEP workshops in Bristol, combining these with the results of a strategic analysis using SPeAR software. The results were well-received and a series of next steps were agreed regarding low-carbon energy solutions for the TQEZ.

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11 December 2014

San Sebastian plan their approach to achieving a ‘Smart City’

One of the expected outputs of the STEEP project is the development of each city’s Smart Plan. Following this initial application of the system thinking methodology and involvement of stakeholders in this process, San Sebastian will build on the experience gathered in the first year of the project to ‘scale-up’ the methodology to a city level. This will be a departure point for using an integrated planning methodology that will bring in ideas and projects to prepare not only a document but also a realistic implementation project.

SS image 1 for websiteSan Sebastian has already started involving different stakeholders through meetings and workshops for the preparation of the Smart City Plan. It has structured the work considering three big thematic fields: Energy & Sustainability, Mobility and Solutions (ICT applied to urban needs). Over 150 stakeholders have been involved in this process.

A first session has been delivered, (one in each thematic field) to prepare a SWOT analysis. The workshops also served to share and define possible goals for the city.


The meetings that were held are as follows:

-          Solutions working group met on June 9, 2014 in TalentHouse

-          Energy & Sustainability working group met on June 26, 2014 in Enertic Building

-          Mobility working group met on July 2, 2014 in TalentHouse

Further to this, several meetings were held with different City Council’s technicians to make a selection of what were called ‘intermediate goals’. These are the starting points that should be met taking into account the SWOT analysis, the goals established in the first workshop and the real and achievable possibilities of the City Council.

SS image 2 for websiteDuring the month of November 2014, a second round of meetings with these working groups was held. In this instance, each working group was divided into smaller sub-groups that could focus on intermediate goals. By applying the Hierarchical Process Model and the PeriMeta software in each sub-group, 3 or 4 different processeswere developed. The result is the development of around 120 different intermediate goals (in sustainability, climate adaptation, water efficiency, retrofitting of residential buildings, renewable energies, development of district heatings, broadband fiber, development of services using ICT for culture and tourism, etc.) by this methodology.

The meetings were held as follows:

-          Solutions working group met on November 6, 2014 in Enertic Building

-          Energy & Sustainability working group met on November 4, 2014 in Enertic Building

-          Mobility working group met on November 11, 2014 in TalentHouse

The PeriMeta software will allow us to detect key elements (according to their performance) and therefore the City Council will be able to establish which of these elements can be addressed by developing specific projects. A proposal list of projects will be presented to a third session of the working groups in February-March 2015 so that stakeholders can prioritize them. Specific tools will be used for this, such as SpeAR software for instance. In any case this will be a joint process with over 150 agents participating.

Hopefully during April and May 2015, tSS image 3 for website.jpghe City Council of San Sebastian will be ready to prepare the first draft of the Smart City Plan that will include selected projects to achieve intermediate goals in each thematic field. This document will be first reviewed by the City Council and also by the Advisory Board of STEEP project. It will also be available for reviewing by the citizens of San Sebastian. All suggestions will be taken into account and the final document will be ready by September 2015 at the closure of STEEP project.

11 December 2014

STEEP partners present methodology at Fira Barcelona- Smart City World Congress

STEEP CMembers of the STEEP project from both Bristol and San Sebastian attended the recent World Smart City congress, hosted by Fira Barcelona on 18th-20th November. As part of the ‘Energy’ themed breakout session, Bristol Partners presented the STEEP methodology to delegates from all over the world. The meeting was also attended by the Mayor of San Sebastian – Mr Juan Karlos Izagirre.

11 December 2014

Bristol hosts third STEEP consortium meeting and inaugural Advisory Board

STEEP AThe third consortium and inaugural ‘Advisory Board’ meeting of STEEP took place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of September in Bristol. Project partners from each city and nominated Advisory Board members met at Brunel’s SS Great Briatin to review progress. The session provoked some excellent debate and generated some key outputs which will define the direction of the project for the next 6 months. STEEP partners will now be looking to ‘scale up’ the methodology to develop ‘Smart City’ plans for Bristol, San Sebastian and Florence.

1 July 2014

Second ‘modelling workshop’ in Bristol

Bristol hosted its second modelling workshop with stakeholders within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone on Wednesday June 11th. The session focussed on what specific actions and interventions should be adopted to achieve a ‘low carbon’ enterprise zone and meet our carbon reduction targets. In an intense discussion, sub-groups have produced a list of actions around transport, infrastructure, energy planning and engagement. Thanks to everyone who participated!

30 June 2014

Donostia-San Sebastián leads the way in systems modelling

The Talent-House of Donostia was the venue for the first two Model-Building Workshops in Donostia as part of the STEEP (Systems Thinking for Comprehensive City Efficient Energy Planning) project. The first Workshop was carried out the 14th of May with the main purpose of understanding and structuring the problem of Achieving an Urumea Riverside “nearly zero” zone taking into account the different points of view and experience of the different stakeholders that took part in the Workshop. This purpose was successfully achieved through the rich discussions that allowed to identify the key aspects and the different initiatives that are needed for achieving the desired transformation. The outcome of this first Workshop allowed a better understanding of the problem and helped identify some specific processes that are not performing, as well as others that need further study.

The second Model Building Workshop, carried out on the 9th of June, focused not only on the development and refinement of the initial model but also on analyzing in detail those processes that are not performing properly. The aim of this process is the understanding of any issues or obstacles to achieving the overall goal and identifying the potential options to overcome these obstacles.

Both events had a good attendance, 17 different entities took part in the event including three project partners, the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastián, Fomento de San Senastián and Tecnalia Research & Innovation. The involvement of the main stakeholders including the Basque Government, Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa, SPRI, EVE and Gipuzkoa Chamber of Commerce among others, made possible to work in a very participatory environment and to achieve a representative model of the energy planning process of the district.

4 April 2014

Florence hosts second STEEP project meeting

The second STEEP project meeting took place in Florence on Wednesday and Thursday, 2-3 April, signifying the end of the first six months of the project. All partners attended a highly productive two-day session which included technical presentations from the University of Bristol, Tecnalia, ATAF and CSE. Project coordinators ‘Fomento de San Sebastian’ confirmed that the project is progressing well and outlined key tasks for the next 6 months.

31 January 2014

STEEP Project hosts drop-in session at the Temple Quarter Engine Shed

On Thursday January 30th, project partners from STEEP (hosted a morning drop-in session for occupiers and stakeholders of the Temple Quarter- Enterprise Zone. The event provided an opportunity for local businesses, large organizations and other interested parties to come along and find out more about the project.

12 December 2013

STEEP project – systems modelling workshop 10-11th December

As part of STEEP’s innovative ‘systems modelling’ approach to energy master-planning , partners in Bristol have hosted a two-day training workshop as an introduction to ‘systems thinking’. The training was a great success, with partners from Florence and San Sebastian participating in an introductory session to ‘systems thinking’ theory.

Project partners met with Mayor George Ferguson, visited city hall and were taken on a tour of Bristol’s ‘Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone’ , (the district that has been identified as a test area for development of an energy master plan using a systems thinking approach).

Training took place at ‘The Engine Shed’, a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the
University of Bristol and the West of England ‘Local Enterprise Partnership’ at the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

This knowledge and understanding will now be taken back to the respective cities and used to train other key stakeholders to the systems modelling process.

6 November 2013

Project STEEP kicks off in San Sebastian

On 5 November, members of the Council’s ‘Future Cities’ team attended the inaugural meeting of project STEEP in San Sebastian, Spain. The STEEP project (Systems Thinking for comprehensive city Efficient Energy Planning), is a two year, EC funded project which aims to develop a new approach to energy master-planning. Over the next two years, the Future Cities team will work in collaboration with the University of Bristol as well as the local authorities in San Sebastian and Florence to develop an innovative approach to energy efficiency.

The project will use a new ‘systems thinking’ approach to understand how energy is used, managed and could be made more efficient in the new Temple Quarter Enterprise zone. This learning will then be applied at a city level, to create an energy master-plan for Bristol as a whole.

The ‘Kick-off’ meeting was a great success, with partners from each participating city discussing how the project will be implemented over the next two years, as well as holding a press-conference to communicate the start of the project.

We will be providing regular updates about the project but for further information regarding STEEP , please contact Jon Brookes: