The Participatory Energy Plan of Sant Martí de Provençals, La Verneda and La Pau (known as PEP) is a community-based initiative operating in three working class neighborhoods in Barcelona, Spain. It was created in the autumn of 2010. Originally inspired by the Transition movement coming from Totnes, the group is working towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable neighborhood. PEP proposes a collaborative way of managing the energy use at a neighborhood scale, focusing on decentralization, sensibilization and the citizen participation. This is how a member of PEP defines the group: “We are a group of people with a diverse view about what’s energy, with a broad view about the energy. We try to reach all the areas of human activities and the environment and resources. We apply this to a neighborhood, with the idea of working at city level. Working holistically the energy means that we can get involved in any activity, any activity involves energy, any activity from the community, in this case is the neighborhood”.
The Participatory Energy Plan of Sant Martí de Provençals, La Verneda and La Pau
Community Regeneration; Enhancing Community Cohesion; Developing a self-sufficient community