Fulfilling the objectives, particularly the tasks of collecting knowledge, enabling exchange, and supporting transformation, requires an appropriate and effective organisational structure, which accounts for the intricate TCP organisation, as well as for the different national framework conditions.
In addition, linking international IEA research with local activities requires an organisation, which is capable of working on both scales in an optimal way. And which considers and helps resolve challenges which in particular small- and medium-sized cities face. Furthermore, structuring and guiding the exchange between, and linkage of technical and non-technical experts, along with the definition of research questions pre-supposes a structure that draws from different backgrounds and knowledge, and intertwines science- and evidence-based approaches.
To account for these diverse organisational demands, the TCP is establishing a unique operational structure, which consists of a central TCP secretary, ExCo representatives from each participating country that establish the link to the cities, and mandated representatives of the participating and collaborating TCPs (see Figure above). In addition, as part of the End-use Working Party, the TCP will have close ties to the Advisory Board. Cities are indirectly associated with the TCP through the ExCo representatives of the participating countries, which act as intermediaries to these cities.