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Sustainable Zero Carbon ECO-Town Developments Improving Quality of Life across EU

Project Details

Project date: 
January, 2010 to January, 2016
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Pilot Cities

  1. Kortrijk
  2. Høje-Taastrup
  3. Birštonas

ECO-Life aimed to establish a replicable planning and implementation approach and to demonstrate innovative and integrated energy concepts in supply and demand side in municipalities in Lithuania, Belgium and Denmark to reach the goal of zero CO2.

The local ECO-life projects were integrated in large climate action initiatives in the municipalities. The project used 100% RES. A ‘Whole Town Design Approach’ was used in all three communities with a focus on achieving goals at affordable costs and on developing new financing tools. The approach included end-user involvement and dissemination.


  • Modernisation of 28,000 m2 multi-apartment buildings, social housing and public buildings;
  • Installation of 2 MW biomass boiler and 100 kW CHP plant;
  • Installation of 500 m2 solar collectors for hot water production;
  • Use of PV technologies for staircases lighting;
  • Modernisation of street lighting system;
  • Installation of intelligent energy metering system and execution of other related activities.


  • 40 passive house dwellings of 4,573 m² in total;
  • Refurbishment of 102 dwellings in total 10,800 m²;
  • 70 A+ dwellings (better than Class 1 standard);
  • 8000 m² tertiary low energy buildings;
  • 3 experimental houses for testing of new solutions;
  • 3,000 m² solar collectors;
  • 1.2 MW wind turbines;
  • Photovoltaic plants;
  • Decentralised heat pumps;
  • Combined heat pump and cooling plant with seasonal energy storage.


  • Venning neighbourhood: 196 dwellings (multi-family & single-family, new & refurbished);
  • Pottenbakkershoek: 23 new apartments;
  • Drie Hofsteden: 34 refurbished apartments.

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