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A replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future

CITyFiED is a successful experience in smart city and energy efficiency retrofitting. Our story started back in 2014. A story about creating and testing better places for people to live – smart cities of the future. For 5 busy years, project partners, urbanism experts and local communities all worked towards CITyFiED’s goals.

CITyFiED is a project based on a mix of demonstration, renewable energy technologies and sound business models towards the sustainable development of cities. CITyFiED aims to enhance the energy efficiency of the city districts and provide a high quality of life to its inhabitants through a better management of its resources. An extensive demonstration action was carried out as part of CITyFiED, involving a relevant number of cities and the necessary technological stakeholders, with the aim of maximizing the impact and replication potential from three high level and very ambitious demonstration projects that carried out in the cities of Laguna de Duero (Spain)Soma (Turkey) and Lund (Sweden). These cities addressed holistic interventions for district renovation. All of the main technological aspects (building retrofitting, district heating systems, integration of renewable energy sources and monitoring) are allocated by means of a systemic approach in each city, in order to achieve significant energy and CO2emissions savings and very low energy buildings. 

CITyFiED means the retrofitting of 190,462 m2 of living space, involving 2,067 dwellings and more than 5,700 citizens. Another key objective of the CITyFiED strategy is a very ambitious dissemination, communication and exploitation activity, in which a cluster of 11 cities was created and properly integrated to maximize the replication potential of the project results. To maximise the impact and reach of the project results, CITyFiED set up a Community of Interest involving 44 cities and organizations from 19 countries. Across Europe, 59 cities are now set to enjoy a more sustainable future.  

The Urban Ecosystem

Societal Challenge “Secure, clean and efficient energy” is at the heart of CITyFiEDand the project worked in line with the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative, paying special attention to the Energy Pillar and its interfaces with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Pillar.

ENERGY Pillar:

  • Energy-efficient retrofitting of buildings: Developing an integrated and holistic methodology and procedures for planning, deploying and replicating energy efficient district retrofitting actions
  • District Heating networks: Improving the energy performance of the District Heating networks, adding intelligence to the management systems, recovering waste heat and increasing the use of renewable energy sources towards low carbon districts
  • Smart Grids: Improving the integration of the smart grids with buildings and energy generation systems, and enhancing the use of distributed generation.

ICT Pillar: ICT, as an enabling technology, contributes to improve the energy performance of the systems by monitoring, measuring, assessing and controlling. In addition, ICT helps achieve a high social impact.