SmartEnCity – Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe
SmartEnCity is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of TECNALIA Research & Innovation, 35 partners from six countries are joining forces to make Smart Zero Carbon Cities a reality in Europe.
SmartEnCity’s main objective is to develop a highly adaptable and replicable systemic approach for transforming European cities into sustainable, smart and resource-efficient urban environments. This will be achieved through the integrated planning and implementation of measures aimed at improving energy efficiency in main consuming sectors in cities, while increasing their supply of renewable energy and demonstrating the benefits.
The underlying concept is the Smart Zero Carbon City concept, where city carbon footprint and energy demand are kept to a minimum by using demand controlled technologies that save energy and promote raised awareness. At the same time, the energy supply is entirely renewable and clean and local energy resources are intelligently managed by aware citizens, as well as coordinated public and private stakeholders.
This approach will initially be defined in detail, planned and implemented in the three Lighthouse demonstrators:
- Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain
- Tartu in Estonia and
- Sonderborg in Denmark.
The three medium-sized cities will develop a number of coordinated actions aimed at:
- Achieving a significant reduction in demand in the existing residential building stock, through cost-effective low energy retrofitting actions at district scale.
- Increasing the Renewable Energy Sources’ share of energy supply, through the use of locally available sources.
- Enhancing the use of clean energy in urban mobility, both for citizens and goods, by means of extensive deployment of green vehicles and intelligent infrastructure.
An extensive use of Information and Communication Technologies is planned to achieve integration and consistency in demo planning and implementation, and to enable further benefits and secure involvement of citizens.
These actions will be aligned to city-specific “Integrated Urban Plans”, and the process will be replicated in two Follower cities:
- Lecce (Italy), and
- Asenovgrad (Bulgaria)
to ensure adaptability and maximise the project’s impact. Additionally, a SmartEnCity Network of further cities will be set up to support project replication at European scale.