On October 29, representatives of five Estonian cities and rural governments met in Valga, Estonia, for the fourth meeting of the Estonian Smart City Club. Participating were representatives of Tartu, Elva, Tapa, Valga and Paide, in addition to the SmartEnCity project partners Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS)and Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA).
What was happening in our Lighthouse Cities during the past 6 month? How are the Follower Cities doing? What about the SmartEnCity Network acitivies?
The new edition of the Network Bulletin informs about the growing SmartEnCity Network family, on the succes of our rewarded Lighthouse Cites Sonderborg and Tartu and on Tartu's experiences with retrofitting Soviet-era apartment buildings.
Sonderborg Municipality has been rewarded with the 'City of Innovation' award, which was presented at the conference 'Euro-China Green & Smart City Summit' held in the Chinese city of Nanning, September 2019. Sonderborg was awarded the prize for working within the EU project - SmartEnCity
On 27th September, Project Partner UTAR held a session “Smart post-socialist city”. Smart City is a very general term for noting the application of technologies in cities and in reality, it is very often used as a branding term for the cities. Academic research on smart cities has been mostly focused on the contexts of Western and Asian cities, much less is known about Eastern-European and post-socialist cities. This in mind, UTAR organized a session to provoke the discussion about applying new technologies, using new datasets and planning practices in post-socialist cities.
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.