Replication Plan in Bydgoszcz

The final smart actions that have been chosen for replication by the City of Bydgoszcz are categorised under mobility and city infrastructure and comprise e-mobility, PVs on public buildings and smart lighting systems.

On the 5th of February 2018, the President of the Republic of Poland signed the Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels and under this Act, local authorities play a vital role in the development of electromobility. Bydgoszcz has developed the E-mobility Strategy that has been published online as a consultation document in which the local authorities seek to know the citizens’ view on 210 EV charging points planned to be located in the city by January 2022 and on the document per se. October 2020 is the last month of the consultations that began in April.

The aim of the Strategy is to present possibilities to limit the increasing number of vehicles on the streets of Bydgoszcz. Among these activities you can find:

•    introducing electric vehicles in the city fleet,
•    equipping municipal companies with electric or gas cars,
•    analysis of the use of zero-emission buses,
•    creating a network of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles and compressed natural gas (CNG),
•    creating a clean transport zone in the centre of Bydgoszcz,
•    expansion of the ITS system,
•    construction of bicycle roads,
•    construction of bus lanes,
•    street lighting - lighting of stops and pedestrian crossings,
•    active road signs, mirrors, stops for the disabled,
•    construction of transfer centers,
•    new installations enhancing energy self-sufficiency,
•    social campaigns

This is a new task for local authorities and Bydgoszcz is grateful to have had the continuous access to the best practices in the optimisation of the e-fleet by the mySMARTLife Lighthouse cities, namely Hamburg, Helsinki and Nantes.

Bydgoszcz seeks to be second to none in terms of energy efficiency. For the implementation of various projects related to the use of renewable energy sources and extensive activities in the field of thermo-modernization, the city of Bydgoszcz was among the winners of the Eco-City competition. The 7th edition of the Eco-City competition selected the best cities in several categories: water management, energy efficiency, urban greenery, waste management and sustainable mobility. The awards were presented during the International Eco-City 2020 Conference in Warsaw.

‘We have just completed 660 PVs as our next investments in green energy’, says Mateusz Buza from the Energy Management Office in Bydgoszcz and a technical expert for mySMARTLife project. ‘As part of the work, we selected 11 facilities that have gained photovoltaic panels with the effective acquisition of external funds. Among them, there are schools and institutional facilities.’

Tomasz Bońdos, Head of the Energy Management Office and also the technical expert in mySMARTLife Project underlines that Bydgoszcz will not stop there: ‘We have already introduced RES technology to 50 public buildings and we have plans for the a more structured and strategic approach to the development of photovoltaics. As a city, we already generate more energy from our own sources than we need for municipal buildings and urban infrastructure. It is influenced by photovoltaics and electricity obtained from waste. We would like to create the largest photovoltaic power plant in Poland, located in Bydgoszcz.’