Energy, transport and ICT sectors are essential for day to day city life. In fact, these sectors are widely considered as potentially appropriate for achieving economic and social benefits, as they are indicators of the quality of life of citizens. They also represent most of the interrelations of the people with technology. A big challenge to offering new interdisciplinary opportunities for strengthening the potential to become smarter cities is already open in the common area where energy production, distribution and use; mobility and transport; and information and communication technologies (ICT) work together and are intimately linked. It is there where REMOURBAN project is going to lead the main effort.
REMOURBAN aims at the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid-Spain, Nottingham-UK and Tepebasi/Eskisehir-Turkey) of a sustainable urban regeneration model that leverages the convergence area of the energy, mobility and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies, organisational and economic solutions to significantly increase resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.
The urban renovation strategy will be focused on the citizens, because they become the cornerstones to making a smart city a reality and will not only be the most affected by the improvements but also, they will be the common factor of each of them.
The objectives of the project will be achieved following these steps:
1. Developing a sustainable urban regeneration model, considering a holistic approach, which supports the decision making of the main stakeholders for addressing wide renovation and city transformation processes.
2. Validating the urban regeneration model by means of large scale interventions on several cities called lighthouse cities, Valladolid, Nottingham and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (more than 1.000 dwellings retrofitted, more than 190 EV deployed and a total investment higher than 14 M€).
3. Guaranteeing the replicability of the model at European level. Two cities will be also involved in the consortium, called follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary) and will be developed a procedure for assessing the replicability potential of the model.
4. It will develop market deployment strategies to support the commercial exploitation of the project outcomes.
5. It will deploy a powerful communication and dissemination plan. This plan will integrate a citizen engagement strategy and will disseminate the benefits of the project to a wide variety of audiences (more than 11 000 citizens engaged).