Ecocities
Energy back in local hands Energy back in local hands

Some examples in Europe show that cities running their own energy company can lower the energy bill for citizens

November 2016
Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart Italian cities: not only beautiful, now they want to be smart

From North to South, different cities of the same country look for a sustainable and replicable model for energy efficiency. Udine and Salerno are among the forerunners of Italy’s smart revolution

September 2016
High-tech and low-cost solutions to handle urban waste High-tech and low-cost solutions to handle urban waste

Innovations in waste management systems need new regulations for the management of sustainable landfills

September 2016
Smart cities vs “locked-in” cities Smart cities vs “locked-in” cities

One of the key issues facing modern cities today is to avoid municipalities being locked in to technology from a single provider, and to ensure they are free to transition to the most convenient products and services for citizens offered by competitors

September 2016
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country

With centralised municipal management of utilities such as transport, water or waste services, Izmir is a pioneer of urban development in Turkey. The country’s third biggest city is fast developing and is fully leveraging IT to improve citizens’ lives

September 2016
Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable? Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable?

Does technology expose cities more to terrorist attacks? We asked urban technology expert Francis Pisani

May 2016
How to measure the quality of life in smart cities? How to measure the quality of life in smart cities?

From the Internet of Things to the Internet of “meaningful” Things. Nowadays several indicators aim to quantify the smartness of our cities. Next step will be to create a thermometer of citizens’ perception of well-being

April 2016
A hundred percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey A hundred percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey

Endowed with renewable resources, such as wind, sun, geothermal and hydro, the country is still relying on coal and other fossil fuels to produce its energy. Forward-looking public policies could make the difference and lead to sustainable and less polluted urban areas in the coming decades

December 2015
Going Green: Nottingham's hi-tech transport becomes EU model Going Green: Nottingham's hi-tech transport becomes EU model

Keeping growing populations moving in urban areas, while limiting environmental damage, is a major challenge across Europe. But the English city of Nottingham is speeding ahead with success thanks to its innovative use of green transport technologies - and it’s now a model for others to follow

July 2015
Social acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from Spain Social acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from Spain

Keeping tenants in retrofitted buildings fully informed about the plans helps foster their acceptance of such change in their housing

 

May 2015
A green revolution in the heart of Spain A green revolution in the heart of Spain

Today, buildings represent the sector with the highest energy consumption in Europe, covering almost 40 % of the energy demand.

April 2015
Virtual models to make cities greener Virtual models to make cities greener

Retrofitting districts with sustainable energy systems can be a success if enough data is available to analyse the suitability of each chosen energy-saving solution

January 2015
District heating: Sweden is leading the way out of fossil fuels District heating: Sweden is leading the way out of fossil fuels

By relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources. 

 
January 2015
Cities join forces to retrofit districts Cities join forces to retrofit districts
All over Europe cities and towns strive to become climate smart. They revamp their energy districts, step-by-step, while looking across borders to learn from best practices.
January 2015
Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work

A residential energy-saving retrofitting program adopts strategies to convince local inhabitants of its benefits.

December 2014
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront

Involving all the players in a comprehensive retrofitting project from the start, an approach known as Integrated Project Delivery, could be the key to its success

November 2014
Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities

Zero-energy districts are the only possible future for European cities, as costs associated with palliating the effects of climate change soar, but there are many challenges ahead

July 2014
Ali Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district level Ali Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district level

Citizens living in near-zero energy districts will make significant savings and benefit from an increased comfort in their homes

July 2014
Greening our cities Greening our cities

Solutions to halving energy consumption, costs and greenhouse emissions in cities may be on the horizon, as long as partners find suitable ways to cooperate

June 2014
Low energy district renovation Low energy district renovation

Renovations of entire districts, designed to reach near zero energy consumption, need to be replicable if they are to be widely adopted

December 2013
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