The Folkemødet is an annual festival where the Danish citizens can meet with the Danish politicians and engage in debates on various topics. This is a 4-day extensive event where all participants are happy to celebrate democracy and get closer to their politicians, different organisations and all kind of public groups.
“With 753 equivalent dwellings committing themselves to SmartEnCity, the project has received an ultimate support and now moves forward with fresh energy!” announced Vitoria-Gasteiz’ mayor, Gorka Urtaran, in a press conference on May 31, together with the general director of Visesa, Carlos Quindós, the general director of EVE, Iñigo Ansola and the general director of Giroa, Juan Manuel Taracena.
Yet another information evening took place on May 21, 2018 for residents of the housing associations participating in the SmartEnCity project. Interested people were invited to the cosy and calm backyard of the Tiigi 8 building, which is located in the pilot area of Tartu. This was the fifth in the series of pilot area resident information days and nearly one hundred people participated in the event.
Within the final rush and just a few days before the deadline of the adhesion period on May 31, the information office of Coronación District in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz has reached an astonishing milestone: Dealing with more than one thousand inquiries, this office has really proven to be a highly appreciated contact point, reflecting the high interest of the citizens and the ongoing need for explanations.
The Tartu City Government decided to give the Kalevi 10 Apartment Association a grant of EUR 168,504 for reconstruction of the residential building and EUR 3,000 for creating a work of art. Kalevi 10 is also the first building to be refurbished within the framework of the smart city project SmartEnCity.
The Canadian company Bewegen Technologies Inc. has been successful in the public procurement for Tartu’s bicycle sharing system. In addition, Terasteenus OÜ was selected for the design and construction of the bicycle sharing system’s parking areas. In total, the Tartu City Government provided almost 3 million Euros for the realisation of this project.
Tartu City Government nominated the tender submitted by Elektritransport OÜ as the winner, thus providing funding for the cost of purchasing and installing electric car rapid chargers.
In the Spanish Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz, SmartEnCity targets the thermal retrofitting of Coronación Neighbourhood, built in the 1950s. The action aims at improving the quality of life of the neighbourhood and the comfort levels inside the dwellings while at the same time reducing energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions. The project is now at the execution stage, and the early adopter communities are awaiting the initiation of the retrofitting works.
On Saturday 5th May 2018 ProjectZero in collaboration with Sonderborg Municipality hosted the smart mobility event “Meet a Green Vehicle” where citizens were able to test drive and experience a broad range of zero carbon vehicles.
For a while now, the Danish SmartEnCity cluster of energy cities (Sønderborg, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Skive, Horsens, Frederikshavn, Høje Taastrup and Middelfart) has been working together in tackling climate change issues. Following their previous two meetings in Middelfart municipality, they now met for another round of discussions, learning experiences and integrated energy planning strategies in Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality.