Within the framework of the SmartEnCity project, the last two wall paintings in Tartu's smart city district were completed at the end of September, with the remaining paintings set to be completed next year.
This year, the City of Tartu won two Energy Action of the Year awards. The awards were presented to Tartu for the implementation of gas buses and the launch of the first Baltic Smart Bike Share.
Tartu unveils incredible figures: Since its launch on 8th June, the new smart shared bicycles have covered a distance of more than 1.5 million kilometres with more than 532,000 rides taken. During the summer months, Tartu Smart Bike Share had nearly 20,000 active users. What a success!
Technical workshop with retrofitting experts about thermal bridges in Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz
On the first days of September, Project Partner VISESA has organized a technical workshop in Vitoria-Gasteiz demo district with some experts in order to exchange technical solutions and best practices on solving thermal bridges in retrofitted buildings within the framework of SmartEnCity.
Within SmartEnCity project, the Municipality of Vitoria Gasteiz and Iberdrola (Power Distribution Company) have agreed to bury all power lines that are currently visibly mounted on buildings façades under the surface.
As part of the Asenovgrad Integrated Energy Planning Process, a workshop was held on 16 May 2019 with the main aim to bring together local stakeholders and discuss with them the current status and future priorities of the “Integrated Plan for Urban Regeneration and Development” (IPURD) in order to formulate different scenarios for its update. The main topics discussed were focused on the local renewable energy production potential of the municipality, specifically the availability of agricultural biomass and biogas.
Reconstruction works have been finished on 10 of the 17 apartment buildings that joined the SmartEnCity project, with five more residential buildings set to be completed by the end of this year. Smart home devices, which will help residents to monitor and regulate their energy consumption, are currently being installed in several of the buildings renovated to be near zero energy buildings.
Congratulations to our Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz which was recognised with the Global Green City Award, an award granted by the Global Forum on Human Settlements, sponsored by the UN. On September 6th, the prize was announced in a ceremony at the United Nations (UN) Conference Centre in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).
David Drysdale from Aalborg University, Denmark published a new article in the scientific journal "Energies". The article “From Carbon Calculators to Energy System Analysis in Cities” is aiming at providing a methodology that European cities can use to carry out scenarios for highly renewable energy systems with low carbon emissions.
The SmartEnCity partner RINA and Lecce Municipality organized a Foresight Workshop on the Future Energy Strategies of the Municipality, involving more than 40 stakeholders coming from public institutions, university, public and private companies and associations.