The Lada-Velilla Open Innovation Platform is an initiative of Iberdrola, the Centre for Innovation in Technology for Human Development of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (itdUPM) and the Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) that promotes collaboration between citizens, public entities and companies to promote a just transition in the territories that must deal with the closure processes of Iberdrola’s coal-fired power plants.
From the Platform we listen to as many people as possible in the area to know their opinions and perceptions, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the territory; we identify all initiatives and projects, new or existing, large or small, that are of interest to the community; and we create the space for collaboration between different actors and for the connection of initiatives and projects.
As a result of this process of listening, mapping of initiatives and co-creation, the Platform has configured a portfolio of transformative projects aimed at achieving the socio-productive transformation of the territory towards a more sustainable model, and which is made up of these eight specific areas of opportunity for the Nalón Valley just transition zone: food, energy, training, health, recycling, regulation, financing and green employment.
Why have these eight areas of opportunity been selected and not others? On the one hand, because they are areas where there are already initiatives with tractor potential that take advantage of the unique needs and capacities of a territory, and, on the other hand, because these initiatives respond to previously identified community perceptions or narratives.
For the portfolio to be strong and robust, it is important that the interconnected projects are diverse in nature and scale, and that the portfolio includes community initiatives, small and medium scale actions, large scale initiatives, new utilities and new regulatory mechanisms.
We invite you to explore which projects have been identified for the town of Lada and to discover which local citizens’ narratives they respond to.