Estaminets du Climat (Climate Cafés)
Topic of the practice
Involving citizens, energy strategy
Good Practice Information
In order to involve citizens and local stakeholders in the local Climate and Energy plan, the municipality of Lille decided to run an experiment in two neighbourhoods. In Moulins, and Saint Maurice Pellevoisin, residents were invited to participate to the Estaminets du Climat (“Estaminets” are typical local small bars in the Lille area). Those meetings were held in small local bars, usually in the
evening, where participants were offered drinks. A lot of efforts were put in making the atmosphere relaxed and cosy.
Each of the meetings focused on one topic (awareness-raising on climate change issues, individual practices and initiatives and collective proposals).
One specific Estaminet was dedicated to local stakeholders on the topic of controling energy consumption and energy efficiency.
Evidence of success
The Estaminets proved successufl as the outputs of the citizens’ Estaminets were introduced to Lille City Council and integrated into the city’s Climate and Energy Plan. The participants also played the role of multipliers in their personal networks. Thanks to the stakeholders’ Estaminets, a local network for interested local players and to implement new energy efficiency measures was created.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
City of Lille
Annex completed on: 11-05-2014