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Residential Renovation towards nearly zero energy CITIES

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Towards zero-energy citiesTowards zero-energy cities

R2CITIES - 2 webinars to sidestep the pitfalls of residential district retrofitting - Monday 19 June

Genoa hosts R2CITIES periodic meeting on 24-26 May as city buzzes with Smart WeekGenoa hosts R2CITIES periodic meeting on 24-26 May as city buzzes with Smart Week

For the second time since our project’s inception in 2013, the city of Genoa has hosted a R2CITIES periodic meeting. And again, it was all designed to coincide with the city’s Smart Week – a series of meetings, workshops and debates on energy-related topics at various venues throughout Genoa.

Food for thought during the EU Sustainable Energy Week: 5 days, 5 key topics, 5 lunch academy webinarsFood for thought during the EU Sustainable Energy Week:  5 days, 5 key topics, 5 lunch academy webinars

R2CITIES is a proud member of My Smart City District (MSCD), a group of like-minded European Smart Cities projects representing 8 projects, 25 cities across 13 countries. Together, we’re putting on a series of short online seminars – the Lunch Academy – set to take place 11:30-12:15 CET every day of the European Sustainable Energy Week 13-17 June

Project impact – the why and how of it at the Energy Efficient Buildings Impact Workshop in Brussels.Project impact – the why and how of it at the Energy Efficient Buildings Impact Workshop in Brussels.

Energy efficient buildings ─ it’s all about mid- to long-term impact. On our environment, on our relationship with our environment, on the way we live, on the way we work.

R2CITIES profiled in 5th EeB project reviewR2CITIES profiled in 5th EeB project review

The fifth edition of the EeB PPP Project Review, published in March 2016, gives an overview of 110 co-funded projects within the Energy-efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership (EeB PPP) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) as well as 17 new co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme. The selection criteria means a number of My Smart City District partners feature – as well as being able to discover new resources and expertise. 

It’s ‘work in progress’ at the R2CITIES demo site in Kartal, TurkeyIt’s ‘work in progress’ at the R2CITIES demo site in Kartal, Turkey

After completion of the tender procedure of renovation, construction works have now started at the Nursing Home, one of three demo buildings earmarked under R2CITIES for renovation in Kartal’s Yakacık district. 

Closer to the citizens – R2CITIES website now offers sections in Italian, Spanish and TurkishCloser to the citizens – R2CITIES website now offers sections in Italian, Spanish and Turkish

Leveraging local business and political ecosystems is a key component of projects like R2CITIES. Without the knock-on effect produced by ongoing engagement with localities, our core aim of replicability would be difficult to reach. Furthermore, the focus of R2CITIES is renovating residential districts, and it is therefore important to ensure these end-users are able to learn about our work and how it will be beneficial in the longer term.

COP21 – Crunch time for global climate change protocolCOP21 – Crunch time for global climate change protocol

International discussions and frameworks on environmental policy can occasionally seem just as stratospheric as the atmosphere they are trying to protect

Doors wide open at R2CITIES demo sites during the European Sustainable Energy WeekDoors wide open at R2CITIES demo sites during the European Sustainable Energy Week

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place from 15-19 June and provided the backdrop for the MySmartCityDistrict initiative to hold a series of events dubbed OpenHouse from across four member projects - R2CITIES, ZenN, EU-GUGLE and CITyFiED

R2CITIES holds its 4th periodic meeting in Valladolid as the project reaches its half-way pointR2CITIES holds its 4th periodic meeting in Valladolid as the project reaches its half-way point

Valladolid-based Fundación CARTIF played host to the R2CITIES consortium on 21-22 May when the project’s 4th periodic meeting was held. 

Four key project components under the microscope at the R2CITIES 3rd periodic meeting in Kartal, TurkeyFour key project components under the microscope at the R2CITIES 3rd periodic meeting in Kartal, Turkey

January saw the R2CITIES consortium convene in Kartal, Turkey, for its 3rd periodic meeting. It was the opportunity to engage all the partners in four key work sessions on integrated project delivery, lifecycle analysis and costing, refinement of district sustainability indicators, and the ICT platform for information management.

Kartal Municipality in Turkey plays host to R2CITIES 3rd periodic meeting from 21 to 23 JanuaryKartal Municipality in Turkey plays host to R2CITIES 3rd periodic meeting from 21 to 23 January

The R2CITIES consortium convened in Kartal for its 3rd periodic meeting welcome by the Mayor, Dr. Altınok Öz. The visit to the demo site in the Yakacık district, an exploitation workshop and four parallel work sessions turned the meeting into a very interactive occasion for the partners to stock of the project’s progress and lay the basis for future milestones.

R2CITIES holds its 2nd progress meeting at Genoa Municipality on 18 and 19 June, logically coinciding with Genoa Smart Week.R2CITIES holds its 2nd progress meeting at Genoa Municipality on 18 and 19 June, logically coinciding with Genoa Smart Week.

This progress meeting, led by coordinator Rubén García from Fundación CARTIF, and hosted by Genoa Municipality, marked the end of the first year of R2CITIES.

Genoa Smart Week – a series of events hosted by R2CITIES partners Genoa MunicipalityGenoa Smart Week – a series of events hosted by R2CITIES partners Genoa Municipality

Between 16 and 20 June, R2CITIES partner, Genoa Municipality played host to over ten events, not including several satellite events, designed to pave the way forward for green urban policy

R2CITIES goes to Genoa Smart WeekR2CITIES goes to Genoa Smart Week

R2CITIES partner, Genoa Municipality, is gearing up to stage its Smart Week from 16 to 20 June this year. The week’s agenda will feature a series of high-level events bringing together experts, stakeholders, and authorities from across Europe.

R2CITIES attends the 4th annual Energy Efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership Impact Workshop in Brussels.R2CITIES attends the 4th annual Energy Efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership Impact Workshop in Brussels.

As project coordinator, Rubén García from Fundación CARTIF, represented R2CITIES at the European Commission’s 4th EeB PPP impact workshop in Brussels on 1-2 April. Margherita Scotto from R2CITIES partner D’Appolonia was also present.

Fifteen cities, one agenda: My Smart City DistrictFifteen cities, one agenda: My Smart City District

Three projects, EU-GUGLE, R2CITIES and ZenN, involving 15 municipalities have decided to join forces for greater leverage in sharing and promoting energy efficient renovation solutions for cities and communities EU-wide. 

First progress meeting of the R2CITIES, a project about residential renovation towards nearly zero- energy cities.First progress meeting of the R2CITIES, a project about residential renovation towards nearly zero- energy cities.

The R2CITIES Consortium met for three days at the premises of partner Acciona in Madrid to assess achievements to date and plan the coming project period. 

Ruben Garcìa participates chairing one action cluster in the EIP-SCC action cluster kick off eventRuben Garcìa participates chairing one action cluster in the EIP-SCC action cluster kick off event

More than 300 stakeholders attended the Action Clusters Kick-off Event of the Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) in Brussels.

R2CITIES reaches out to the final conference of the CONCERTO Initiative in BrusselsR2CITIES reaches out to the final conference of the CONCERTO Initiative in Brussels

One of Europe’s flagship initiatives for building and district energy efficiency innovation, CONCERTO, held its final conference on 22 and 23 October in Brussels. 

Kartal Municipality enters a European collaborative project to renovate the Yakacik districtKartal Municipality enters a European collaborative project to renovate the Yakacik district

The aim is to achieve a nearly zero energy city. Turkish stakeholders part of a project consortium at the cutting edge of energy efficiency

Kick-off of R2CITIESKick-off of R2CITIES

A project at the cutting edge of energy efficiency in the built and district environment. Coordinator Fundación CARTIF hosts the first meeting in Valladolid with the 16 partners of this project which is co-funded by the EU.