In Deliverable 3.3, the main drivers and barriers are uncovered and analyzed through the application of two strategic planning tools (i.e. PESTLE and SWOT analyses) that can provide both micro and macro perspectives.
In particular, the PESTLE analysis is applied for the detection of external factors that can affect the VSs considering different perspectives: Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental. The use of this tool gives a much clearer understanding of the external context and the framework conditions of each pilot area.
The SWOT analysis is then useful for linking the external forces with the internal ones. This tool is one of the most frequently used for the strategic evaluation of projects and identifies issues in the categories of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The combination of the two strategic planning methods derives from the need to have an overview of the whole context from several angles. This is necessary for better addressing the significant different implications and to achieve widespread adoption and use of the VSs.
Lastly, an impacts assessment is also performed for each pilot area applying a multiple-benefits approach. The results of the PESTLE, SWOT, and Impact analyses show that the pilot areas are intensely working in view of the implementation of the Visionary Solutions they propose, however, some challenges and gaps are in place as the process is complex and several aspects have to be taken into account. The results of this work were presented during the SDEWES 2022 Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, within the special session about “Local climate planning for climate-neutral and resilient cities”.
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