Tartu's latest mural is the result of the joint efforts of a father and his son. Mid-July, the 13th wall painting of SmartEnCity project was completed. It is titled “Blowers” and is located on the end wall of the Tiigi Street 3 apartment building, next to the University of Tartu Library. The author and painter of the mural is Markus Kasemaa, a local artist.
This new SmartEnCity scientific publication by Merit Tartar (Institute of Baltic Studies), Tarmo Kalvet and Marek Tiits (both Institute of Baltic Studies and Tallinn University of Technology) is dealing with smart energy transition at municipal level, which is increasingly gaining importance but challenges are remaining regarding the tools, involvement of stakeholders and on the development of policies.
On July 20, the first ever local SmartEnCity outdoor art exhibition, explaining and hightlighting Tartu's wall paintings, was opened in Tartu, on the iconic arch bridge that crosses the river Emajõgi. The exhibition is called “Smartovka murals” and the descriptions of the murals are coming in both, in Estonian and English language.
The final prototype of the vehicle, which was presented last week on Tuesday, 14 July at an official ceremony with the city´s mayor and representatives from the provincial and regional governments, will be tested without passengers during the coming months on the route of Line 2 of TUVISA (the city´s public bus company), where it will enter into service in mid 2021. Apart from the first convoy, the two pantographs that will allow to re-charge batteries at the two Line extremes were also installed.
During the last weeks, SmartEnCity’s Lighthouse City Vitoria Gasteiz took part in several workshops from different European projects with the aim of sharing its experience and helping these projects to achieve their objectives by learning from SmartEnCity.
Another major milestone reached in Lighthouse City Vitoria Gasteiz: July 2020 has been the kick off month for the District Heating Network construction works. With this actuation, citizens and district neighbours can finally see, how the ambitious plans for the new infrastructure become real.
SmartEnCity Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz has welcomed representatives of the H2020 projects SMARTENCITY, OPENGELA and AGREE and invited to a virtual study tour which you can follow on YouTube.
This new edition is telling you about the latest activities of our Lighthouse Cities Tartu and Sonderborg as well as of the Danish SmartEnCity Network plus a recap of the latest lesson "City Analysis and Diagnosis" of our SmartEnCity Academy plus much more interesting news on SmartEnCity project.
Starting from the results generated within SmartEnCity project, Vitoria-Gasteiz is now developing a foresight exercise as a part of Municipality’s Integrated Energy Transition Action Plan 2030 (PATEI 2030 in Spanish), as a mid-way checkpoint towards City’s carbon neutrality strategy to be achieved in 2050.
Our 3rd lesson "Where are we now? City Analysis and Diagnoses" was taking place last week on 04 June with a presentation of the Covenant of Mayors from Alis Daniela Torres, Climate Action and Smart Cities - Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Expert as well as an introduction of SmartEnCity's Energy Balance Tool and practical insights of Lighthouse City Sonderborg and Follower City Asenovgrad.