CITyFiED consortium gathered in Lund, Sweden, for the project’s first progress meeting on 24-26 September.
The City of Lund in southern Sweden played host to 55 delegates from the 18-strong multinational consortium who convened to take stock of the first six months of progress and to check the bearing as the project steers through its first of five years toward greener districts.
Two and a half days were allocated to a packed agenda that included an official reception by the Mayor of Lund, Mats Helmfrid; a visit to Lund’s Linero district, one of CITyFiED’s three demonstration sites; and the first of several exploitation workshops aimed at setting out exploitation strategies of the project results.
It can be said that CITyFiED has now reached cruising speed after its first six months. Corporate identity along with a functional website, a more-than-burgeoning city cluster with 11 cities signed up, and analysis/monitoring virtually completed at each demo site are some of the project’s achievements to date. Considering the general level achievements of the project so far, coordinator Ali Vasallo from Fundación CARTIF underlined that CITyFiED was progressing well thanks to the great collaborative work and efforts of all partners.
At the end of the first day, delegates were offered the opportunity to find out more about the Lund demonstration site, a district called Linero built in the early 70s and made up of some 28, 3-storey building with around 2000 tenants. The focus was on the Swedish district heating systems since 1948 and how Linero should benefit from the retrofit interventions planned under CITyFiED.
The meeting was also the setting for partners Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, who are in charge of the project’s exploitation and market deployment strand, to deliver their first exploitation workshop. This involved defining CITyFiED products and services and its Unique Selling Proposition. More information about this will be available on the project website.