At the end of 2018, two new Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse (SCC1) projects have been launched: +CityxChange and MAKING-CITY. They committed to strengthen their cooperation with the other 12 SCC1 projects by signing an amended manifesto of cooperation at the European Smart Projects Summit in San Sebastián - a great occasion to present you these two projects in more detail.
+CityxChange - Positive City ExChange - officially started on 1st of November 2018 and is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The +CityxChange vision is to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. +CityxChange brings the two aspiring Lighthouse Cities Trondheim (NO) and Limerick (IE) together with their Follower Cities Alba Iulia (RO), Pisek (CZ), Võru (EST), Smolyan (BG) and Sestao (ES). The overall aim is to achieve sustainable urban ecosystems that have zero emissions and establish a 100% renewable energy city-region by 2050. Further information: https://cityxchange.eu
MAKING-CITY - Energy efficient pathway for the city transformation: enabling a positive future – is coordinated by the CARTIF Foundation and was launched in December 2018. The project aims to address and demonstrate the urban energy system transformation towards smart and low-carbon cities, based on the Positive Energy District (PED) concept. The PED operational models developed in MAKING-CITY will help European and other cities around the world to adopt a long-term City Vision 2050 for energy transition and sustainable urbanisation whilst turning citizens into actors of this transformation. The PED concept will be tested and validated in two Lighthouse cities: Groningen (Netherlands) and Oulu (Finland). It will be then replicated in 6 Follower cities: Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), León (Spain), Lublin (Poland), Poprad (Slovakia), and Vidin (Bulgaria). Further information: makingcity.eu