Cities with large heritage sites are the front-runners in the EU renewable energy transition -


Cities with large heritage sites are the front-runners in the EU renewable energy transition

01 Jul 2020

All the legal and technical challenges in making EU cities more sustainable presented at POCITYF H2020 first project webinar

Do you know that cities are responsible for 80% of the global energy consumption?

This is why  cities play a key role to meet the targets set by the EU Green Deal, a set of policy initiatives by the European Commission with the aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050 by reaching:

  • a minimum 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels
  • a share of at least 32 per cent renewables in final energy consumption
  • at least 32.5 per cent in energy savings.

At the same time, historic cities often face legal restrictions in the retrofitting of buildings of historical interest that can limit their potential for energy efficient improvements.

Therefore, we are partner of POCITYF, a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme (Grant agreement N° 864400) which focuses on cities with large heritage sites which are also front-runners in the European renewable energy transition. 

By 2024, the Project Consortium under the coordination of EDP LABELEC will develop and validate the following technological and non-technological solutions to make EU cities more sustainable:

  • solutions at building and district level that enable the increase of energy self-consumption, energy savings and high share of locally produced renewable energy. This will lead to the deployment of positive energy districts (PEDs) located in mixed use urban districts, including cultural heritage ones,
  • P2P energy management and storage solutions supporting grid flexibility and curtailment reduction,
  • the integration of electro-mobility solutions as an enabler to grid flexibility,
  • the integration of the latest generation of ICT solutions within existing city platforms,
  • active citizen engagement services and solutions providing an open innovation ecosystem for citizens to participate in co-creation, decision making, planning and problem solving.

We are glad to invite you to attend the first project webinar “Medieval castles used to have no sockets either ...” on 1 July 2020.

In this occasion,  the Lighthouse cities of Évora and Alkmaar (represented by project partner the University of Groningen) will share their work undertaken and the challenges experienced during the first months of the POCITYF project:

  • 10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
  • 10:10 - 10:30 How laws and regulations make the sustainability of cultural historical heritage challenging - Ceciel Nieuwenhout, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Overcoming technical challenges in the implementation of POCITYF Solutions in Évora - Nuno Bilo, Câmara Municipal de Évora
  • 10:50 - 11:30 Open discussion and comments

Register now!

Federica Fuligni