H2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects

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    EU Smart City projects featured at Expo World Congress in Barcelona

    Smart City projects from across Europe will be featured at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress is set to take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 14-16 November. Visit us in Hall 2 - Stand D450 

    These smart city projects, also known as Lighthouse projects, are testing and implementing a range of innovative solutions in specific city districts with the aim of stimulating uptake and growth in the market and the transition to a more sustainable Europe.

    The Expo, which takes place annually in Barcelona brings together more than 17,000 visitors, 650 exhibitors and over 700 cities from across the world to share research, best practices and potential common solutions, achieved through effective collaboration. A mix of keynote speeches, discussion sessions and presentations make up the conference programme, with a wide range of topics under discussion.

    ‘The Lighthouse Projects Stand’ showcases thirteen European Commission funded-projects and initiatives working together to shape the market of smart cities in Europe: EIP-SCC; Smarter Together; Replicate; My Smart Life; Remo Urban; Espresso; EU Smart Cities Information System; SmartEnCity; Sharing Cities; Triangulum; Ruggedised; GrowSmarter and Green Digital Charter.

    The Stand will also host a number of discussion sessions, ranging in topic from district heating solutions to smart waste collection. 

    For more information about the event, visit the event website.


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    Major Enhancements made to European Energy Planning Tool

    Published: 27.10.2017
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    Major Enhancements made to European Energy Planning Tool 

    An EU-funded research project, Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE), has added major new features to its energy planning tool. The Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta4), assesses heating and cooling demand, efficiency, and supply across Europe, supporting cities and industry in their efforts to decarbonise the heating and cooling sector. 

    A free interactive online map, it gives visual and technical data on the location and scale of heating and cooling datasets, and its latest update, Peta4.2, incorporates various innovative new features. Map users can search for a specific location, then select and combine up to ten layers of information. 

    The layers together create a detailed picture of where heating networks and low-carbon technology solutions could be implemented, whether they are economically viable, and how new networks could meet current heating and cooling demand. 

    Some of the new categories that the maps display include: a distribution costs layer that identifies areas where district heating infrastructure investments are most cost-effective; renewable resources layers that show regional and local potential for carbon-free sources, including geothermal, solar, and biomass sources; and a Heat Synergy Regions layer that compares heat demand with nearby sources of excess heat in a defined area, thereby helping to identify regional planning priorities. 

    Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, declares that Peta4 will be a key aid in efforts to meet Europe's heating and cooling demand: “Heating and cooling needs are different across Europe, requiring tailored efficient solutions to meet them. The Energy Efficiency Directive calls on Member States to use thermal maps to start determining these solutions - Peta4 will be valuable for many of them.”

    Bendt Bendtsen, MEP, member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and rapporteur for the Energy Performance of Building Directive, also commented on the importance of the Peta4 atlas: “We spend more than 40 % of Europe’s energy consumption in buildings, so the potential is significant to lower the bills of Europeans and lower the EU’s dependence on energy imports. Peta4.2 can form a valuable tool to achieve this - more efficient heating and cooling, and improved utilisation of the energy we produce in Europe.”

    The tool is the perfect basis for European governments, businesses, consultants, academics, and planners to make informed decisions about investments in energy efficiency measures and use of untapped alternative energy sources for heating and cooling. It will also support the implementation of European climate commitments, ensure wiser investment of public money, reduce costs for consumers, and cut carbon emissions and energy consumption. 

    To access the Peta4 maps, please visit here.


    Peta4 covers the 14 EU member states that are participating in the Heat Roadmap Europe project. Developed by project partners at Halmstad University, European University Flensburg, and Aalborg University, the maps use openly accessible spatial geo-data from the European Commission, the European Environmental Agency, and Eurostat. 

    The Heat Roadmap Europe 4 project is mapping and modelling the heating and energy systems of the 14 largest users of heat in the EU, to develop new policies at local, national, and EU level to ensure the uptake of efficient, sustainable and affordable heating and cooling solutions. 

    About Horizon 2020: 

    This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 642451. The sole responsibility for the content of this document lies with the author and in no way reflects the views of the European Commission. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

    For reference visit: ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020


    Emilie Doran, HRE Press Officer, ICLEI Europe; Emilie.Doran@iclei.org or +49-7613 68 920 
    Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor, Aalborg University; Bvm@Plan.aau.dk or +45-99407218

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H2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects

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The Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects are funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with the aim of bringing together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs.

Since 2014, a total of 12 projects have been funded and are currently on-going from 3 different calls, being all them driven by the same challenges that EU cities are facing to ensure secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility and smart tools and services, always showcasing their economic viability towards ensuring their replication potential in other cities.

These projects consist involve Lighthouse and Follower cities, working together to demonstrate these processes, technologies and business models to transform their ecosystems into smarter and more sustainable places.

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EU Smart City projects are at Expo World Congress in Barcelona (Stand D450)

Published: 09.11.2017

EU Smart City projects featured at Expo World .

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