With roughly 75% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Faced with the challenge of ensuring the quality of life of their citizens while becoming more energy efficient, cities must develop integrated urban development strategies that will make them both sustainable and better place to live. The SINFONIA project aims at accelerating the energy transition by deploying large-scale, integrated, and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities.
After six years of intensive work, the project is approaching its end. This final webconference will share main results, experiences and future ambitions of our two pioneer cities - Innsbruck, Austria and Bolzano, Italy and our follower city Rosenheim, Germany, in their Smart City journey, discuss public policies for renovation and, last but not the least, give an insight into the role of Smart Cities post-2020 in meeting European objectives.
The SINFONIA project, co-ordinated by RISE, brings more than 30 European partners, including seven cities, prominent research centres, housing and building companies, consultancy groups and other experts. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano and Innsbruck, working hand in hand to achieve 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts. This has been done through an integrated set of measures combining the retrofitting of more than 100,000m² of living surface, optimisation of the electricity grid, and solutions for district heating and cooling. Find out more on the website: http://www.sinfonia-smartcities.eu/