Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities
Across Europe, cities are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more efficiently. IRIS - Integrated and Replicable solutions for co-creation in Sustainable cities - is proud to be at the forefront of this change.
The project is designed to address an urgent need to deliver energy and mobility services that are cost effective, accessible and reliable - making a clear contribution a more sustainable urban environment and a better quality of life for its inhabitants.
A network of pilot and early adopter cities will draw upon a mix of universities and research organisations, local authorities, innovation agencies and private expertise to accelerate entire communities to deliver ambitious energy, mobility and ICT empowered initiatives.
IRIS will harness user-demand driven energy and mobility services; encourage more collaborative and effective urban planning and governance; as well as validate business model and technical innovations to fuel smart sustainable city aspirations across the continent and beyond.
At the heart of the project, IRIS is organised around five key challenges and a mix of targeted solutions supporting their delivery:
- Energy positive districts
- Smart energy management
- A smart e-mobility sector
- Digital city innovation platform
- Citizen engagement and co-creation
IRIS hopes to deliver:
Replicability: Demonstration results will be replicated in other districts of lighthouse cities, as well as in follower cities, which can mix and match solutions according to their needs, paving the way to worldwide replication. From the beginning of the project, lighthouse and follower cities will work closely together and work to provide a range of tools for others to take the same steps with confidence.
Socio-economic impact: IRIS aims to put in place bankable solutions for challenges identified by the cities themselves. The tangible demonstration and quantified validation of these integrated solutions will lead to a reduction of technical and financial risks and give confidence to investors and policy makers. A dedicated citizen engagement and co-creation track will work to create strong links and active cooperation in the community to facilitate social acceptance, technology adoption and long-term behavioural change.
Environmental impact: The projects’ most important environmental impacts relate to increasing the share of renewables share by integrating RES into the energy system and therefore stimulating self-consumption. To help tackle mobility related emissions, IRIS will rollout a number of electric vehicles and their infrastructure. Other environmental impacts, as a result, are the reduction of transport based CO2 emissions and improvement of air quality.
Market transformation: IRIS contributes to the establishment of flexible energy and mobility marketplaces and ICT platforms that give new possibilities to municipalities and power to consumers. The project aims to create new revenue streams and stimulate original business models around such services as EV batteries to support grid flexibility and shared mobility services.
Policy shifts: IRIS stimulates current policy structures and thinking mainly in terms of supporting renewable energy integration, promoting greener practices and re-assessing data accessibility and security issues.