EU-Project SmartEnCity – Towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities across Europe

SmartEnCity is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation, 35 partners from 6 countries are working together on making Smart Zero Carbon Cities a reality in Europe – starting with the three demonstrator cities Vitoria-Gasteiz, Tartu and Sønderborg. During a first workshop in Tartu the project has now launched its network of associated cities.

SmartEnCity aims at developing pan-European replicable strategies to reduce energy demand and maximize renewable energy supply–with a special focus on small and medium sized cities. The focus is on activities in building retrofitting, integrated infrastructures, sustainable mobility and the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).

“It is our vision to create Smart Zero Carbon Cities that are more sustainable and inclusive, improve citizens’ quality of life, create jobs and wealth, and offer growth opportunities in equality”.

— Francisco Rodríguez Pérez-Curiel, project coordinator of SmartEnCity.

In order to allow a maximum of European cities to learn from the experiences made within the project, a SmartEnCity Network of further cities will be set up. This network has been officially launched.

Information on the SmartEnCity Network:

SmartEnCity receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
Duration: 66 months (February 2016 – July 2021).
Coordinator: Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation
Consortium: 35 partners from 6 countries (Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain)

Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from SmartEnCity Network and the BMBF.

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