The CONCERTO initiative aims at showing cities and communities how to make their energy systems fit for the future. This could help the EU to reach its objectives of reducing its primary energy consumption by 20 %, increasing the use of renewable energies by 20 % and cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % by 2020, and by 80-95 % by 2050 (compared to 1990). The trend-setting CONCERTO projects have been the ideal framework for testing new approaches and solutions.

The experiences collected and tools developed have become role models and can now be replicated by other communities. Four main areas of impact could be identified: the CONCERTO projects as role models, the influence on local energy policy, the application of innovative products and the implementation of different business models.