Estaminets du Climat (Climate Cafés)

Project information

Index: 1112R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location FRANCE NORD - PAS-DE-CALAIS Lille Nord - Pas-de-Calais Start/End date of the practice
Start: 01.01.2012
End: 31.12.2012

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

Francis Lambert

City of Lille

Annex completed on: 11-05-2014

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