logo-step-upAt the Institute for Future Cities, we’re working with cities globally to help deliver major carbon emissions reductions and work towards sustainable city futures.

STEP-UP was an EU funded sustainable cities project coordinated by the Institute for Future Cities that brings together expertise on sustainable energy and urban planning from four ambitious European cities:

  • Glasgow
  • Gothenburg
  • Ghent
  • Riga

Through the project, each of the four city authorities have created a comprehensive, effective and easy-to-use model for sustainable energy planning which can be adopted by cities across Europe and beyond. In partnership with commercial and research organisations in their own cities, they have developed Sustainable Energy Actions Plans. These plans set out a pathway for implementing a number of integrated and innovative low carbon energy projects that deliver significant social, environmental and economic benefits.

View the STEP UP cities’ SEAPs online, or download a copy, on the STEP UP website.

The STEP UP cities are sharing their knowledge, research and tools with a network of cities across Europe to exchange ideas and help other cities to develop their own sustainable urban projects and action plans.

Building on key project outcomes, STEP UP has developed two guides for cities, sharing tools and experiences from the project, along with recommendations and advice, available to view online as below:


The programme was part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)  and run until July 2015.