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One of CITyFiED ’s main objectives is to help cities get smarter, faster. By sharing a wealth of experiences in district level renovation and regeneration, the project can be a risk-saver, cost-saver and time-saver for cities, agencies and industries that occasionally struggle to hit Europe’s ambitious energy targets and deliver scalable change.
The Torrelago district in Laguna de Duero, Spain is home to about 4,500 inhabitants in nearly 1,500 dwellings and 31 early 1980’s buildings. A deep energy efficient retrofit is taking place as part of the EU funded CITyFiED project and captured the attention of policy makers, councillors and energy experts from nineteen European cities and the project consortium during an in depth study tour.
Interview with Klaus Dillinger, deputy mayor for Building, Environment and Transport in the city of Ludwigshafen, Germany
“I’m out to prove the obvious,” says best-selling author Parag Khanna, “More connectivity is better.” “The transfer of technology and best practices” through learning networks of cities are “incredibly important, more important than every climate summit that’s ever been held in the world.”
How can we prepare students for the environmental challenges ahead? One way is to show younger generations the path towards smart cities of the future
Some examples in Europe show that cities running their own energy company can lower the energy bill for citizens
We did a brief interview with Ali Vasallo, Project coordinator of CITyFiED, who highlighted the key learnings from their experience with technical monitoring and KPIs definition.
CITyFiED Community of Interest member, Leicester is set to receive a share of £2.8milllion of government money set aside to help the UK expand its green heat networks.
A Lund University masters student study sponsored by Kraftringen has given valuable insight and aided decision making, revealing it is more profitable for the CITyFiED project demonstration site in Lund to sell surplus power production from solar panels, instead of storing it in a battery.
From North to South, different cities of the same country look for a sustainable and replicable model for energy efficiency. Udine and Salerno are among the forerunners of Italy’s smart revolution
One of the key issues facing modern cities today is to avoid municipalities being locked in to technology from a single provider, and to ensure they are free to transition to the most convenient products and services for citizens offered by competitors
With centralised municipal management of utilities such as transport, water or waste services, Izmir is a pioneer of urban development in Turkey. The country’s third biggest city is fast developing and is fully leveraging IT to improve citizens’ lives
Views from the Smart Cities and Communities General Assembly in Eindhoven
The European Innovation Platform on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) held their general assembly in Eindhoven, The Netherlands late this May. The event was a melting pot of ideas, people and policy trying to make sense of and give direction to the smart city movement.
One of the key working groups of the European Innovation Partnership is entitled ‘Citizen Focus’. CITyFiED was one site to testify, share and be inspired.
Mayors of cities in Europe and its Mediterranean neighbourhood have committed to acting together to ensure the transition to a more energy-efficient model based on the use of renewables and the reduction of CO2 emissions
More and more people are living in the cities, which accelerates the demand for a sustainable development; regarding both the environment and economy, as well as social sustainability. This means that the cities need to develop in a way that makes it possible for its inhabitants to live a good life. Areas to consider are services, integration, building, meeting spaces, public transportation and recreational access.
Millions of euros have been crowdfunded in four years to finance small and medium renewable energy projects. And there is still potential to be developed
Does technology expose cities more to terrorist attacks? We asked urban technology expert Francis Pisani
Coordinators of 13 smart city projects from across Europe, along with experts and representatives of the European Commission, will converge on Eindhoven for their first ever meeting dedicated to community engagement on 23 May.
The project’s model for evaluation of replication potential is a framework to help CITyFiED city cluster to review their individual replication potential of the technologies implemented on the demo sites.
Interview with Furio Honsell, Mayor of UDINE, Italy
Endowed with renewable resources, such as wind, sun, geothermal and hydro, the country is still relying on coal and other fossil fuels to produce its energy. Forward-looking public policies could make the difference and lead to sustainable and less polluted urban areas in the coming decades
A wider use of waste and an accurate evaluation of the context are crucial to improving the sustainability of one of the most important sources of renewable energy in Europe
Interview with Councillor Ramsey Milne, Aberdeen, Scotland
OpenHouse events throughout Europe represent an opportunity for outreach and replicability, central features of many European demonstration projects
Interview with Deputy Mayor for Urban Development, Dr. Balázs Szeneczey
Questions to Javier Pereiro, General Manager of FEUGA
Keeping tenants in retrofitted buildings fully informed about the plans helps foster their acceptance of such change in their housing
Questions to Bernd Kappenstein, Head of Energy & Environment, Region Rhine-Neckar, Germany
Questions to Mohamed Ouriaghli, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Equal Opportunities and ICT
Today, buildings represent the sector with the highest energy consumption in Europe, covering almost 40 % of the energy demand.
Questions to Rene Tonnisson, Member of the Executive Board, Smart City Lab
Questions to Euken Sesé, General Manager of Fomento San Sebastian
Questions to Megha Huber, Sustainable Development Coordinator for Värmdö Municipality (Värmdö kommun)
Retrofitting districts with sustainable energy systems can be a success if enough data is available to analyse the suitability of each chosen energy-saving solution
By relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources.
All over Europe cities and towns strive to become climate smart. They revamp their energy districts, step-by-step, while looking across borders to learn from best practices.
Citizens living in near-zero energy districts will make significant savings and benefit from an increased comfort in their homes
Zero-energy districts are the only possible future for European cities, as costs associated with palliating the effects of climate change soar, but there are many challenges ahead
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609129
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