This year´s Tour de Flens took place on 29th April and was again a major attraction. Starting in Denmark’s Lighthouse Citiy Sonderborg and finishing in Flensburg, Germany, it stopped at locations with solar panels and other innovative energy solutions.
The municipal government of Vitoria-Gasteiz approves the plan for project deployment in Demo District
On April 27, 2017, the municipal government of Vitoria-Gasteiz approved the Special Plan of the Coronation District that regulates the urban planning of the foreseen actions for the development of the SmartEnCity program in this area of the city.
The Lighthouse City of Tartu has received a lot of media attention during the past months. Actually 2 TV programmes were interested in SmartEnCity activities focussing on the area "Khrushchyovkas" and retrofitting measures.
SmartEnCity Network presented its fourth webinar on 19.04.2017: Energy Retrofitting of Buildings – Cost effective energy transition and learnings from European municipalities
Strengthen your city’s cost effective energy transition by balancing efforts for Energy Retrofitting of Buildings in relation to the energy system. Learn about how cities benefit from the right balance and learn from best practice examples from Estonia and Denmark of how to unlock the potential of energy retrofitting of buildings in different contexts.
About 60 designer teams have been selected to become part of the list “eligible for the retrofitting projects” in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This list is the result of a public tender that took place during February and March this year.
The SmartEnCity management strategy in relation to the building refurbishment and urban regeneration intervention in Vitoria-Gasteiz was presented at the second conference "Covenant of Mayors: walking toward the Covenant - year 2017”, taking place in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao (Spain) on 4th April 2017.
Paying less taxes for more energy efficient houses: SmartEnCity influences the taxation of houses in Vitoria-Gasteiz
As a result of the SmartEnCity project, the City Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz has modified the tax ordinance regulating real estate taxes in the city: the taxes for houses with a good energy rating are reduced significantly - thereby creating a strong incentive for more energy efficient houses! The taxes are reduced by 50% for houses with an energy rating "A" and by 25% for houses rated with a “B”.
Lighthouse City Tartu has already attracted 22 apartment associations to become part of the SmartEnCity project and convert their buildings, which were built in the 1950s and 1960s, into zero-energy buildings.
SmartEnCity Network presented its third webinar on 31.03.2017: Empower your city transition – Citizen Engagement learnings from European municipalities
Technology and planning is not enough, people can speed up your transition. Learn about why cities should engage its citizens and stakeholders, and learn from best practice examples from Spain and Denmark.
SmartEnCity and the further EU’s 8 Lighthouse Projects pledge closer cooperation in their efforts towards low carbon and resource efficient urban spaces
In their efforts to deliver and replicate Smart City solutions, the EU’s nine Lighthouse projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto in Nottingham (UK) on 23 March 2017 - among them Francisco Rodríguez Pérez-Curiel, project coordinator of SmartEnCity.