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Upscaling urban residential retrofit for the EU's low carbon future: Challenges and opportunities

27 February 2020

With respect to the EU climate and energy goals, a major challenge for cities lies within retrofitting the existing urban building stock. Accordingly, many EU funded projects have a focus on (residential) building retrofit and experiment with new techniques and operational procedures, financing schemes, end user engagement strategies and governance process setups. These have led to a wealth of experiences and replicable successes that deserve to be maximally disseminated. The present policy paper summarises main learnings and formulates recommendations stemming from the analysis of retrofit demonstration projects in the scope of SCIS, as well as from a broader set of related information sources.

Download: SCIS Policy Paper #2 Urban Residential Retrofit

Report on the participatory citizens dialogue

29 April 2019

At the end of May 2019, the European Commission, in collaboration with the City of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, the “Maison du Développement Durable” and with support of the SCIS (Smart Cities Information System), organised a participatory dialogue on the topic of climate/energy in the “Lycée Martin V” in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve. Leading questions for the Citizens Dialogue where: What are our concerns about climate change? And what specific energy measures can we propose to protect the planet?

The aim of this evening was to come up with ideas for actions to help protect the climate at individual, local and European levels.

The report (in English and French versions) was produced in partnership with SCIS and presents the ideas of the over 90 participants, mainly citizens, but also Mayor Julie Chantry, six municipal representatives representing the 5 political groups present in the Communal Council and a dozen representatives of the European Commission.

English version, French version

Why may replication (not) be happening - Recommendations on EU R&I and regulatory policies

24 November 2018

The present policy analysis investigates the reasons why replication of smart urban energy, mobility and ICT solutions for a clean energy future may be difficult. While evidence from smart city projects suggests that the devil is often in the details, it is at the same time possible to determine common mechanisms that appear to hamper replication. The present paper identifies and discusses some general barriers and presents opportunities for overcoming them. Further, more specific barriers and opportunities will be examined in follow-up publications with a view to formulating additional policy recommendations.

Download: SCIS Policy Paper #1 Replication

The making of a smart city: policy recommendations

12 November 2017

The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned and to provide policy recommendations based on feedback from projects as well as from other documentation on the policies needed to support Smart Cities. As such, it is a key deliverable in the Smart Cities Information Systems (SCIS) project, which aims to support and stimulate the replication of successful innovative technologies tested through EU-funded Smart Cities and Communities demonstration projects. The core target groups of this report are policy makers at the local, national and EU levels. It complements two other reports with information on all projects analysed ‘The making of a smart city: best practices’, and one on potential tools to replicate innovations for city planners and policy developers ‘The making of a smart city: technology replication’.

Download: Policy recommendations

The making of a smart city: replication and scale-up of innovation in Europe

12 November 2017

Testing and developing new innovations to transform the energy and transport landscape of cities is undoubtedly complex, highlighted by the challenging experiences of the numerous projects nanced by the EU. Once the arduous path of nding a successful new innovative solution is completed, the road is far from over. Innovations in general face a day of reckoning, the moment where the costs of entering the market and upscaling simply cannot be overcome. Lack of venture capital, market failures and other barriers can bring the process to a halt. This is not only a reality for smart city solutions, but because of their nature, the number of barriers are o en far higher than in many other areas of innovation.

Download: Replication and scale-up of innovation in Europe

The making of a smart city: best practices across Europe

12 November 2017

Ensuring that successful innovative technologies tested in European cities are replicated in other budding projects lies at the heart of the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS). Bringing together project developers, cities, institutions, industry and experts from across Europe, SCIS encourages the exchange of data, experience and know-how to collaborate on the creation of smart cities and an energy-e cient urban environment.

Download: best practices across Europe