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New Smart City Project MAtchUP at the forefront of the European sustainable urban transformation process

MAtchUP will deploy large scale demonstration projects in three Lighthouse cities namely, Valencia (Spain), Dresden (Germany) and Antalya (Turkey), and support the development of replication and upscaling plans in four Follower cities namely, Ostend (Belgium), Herzliya (Israel), Skopje (Macedonia) and Kerava (Finland).

MAtchUP - Maximizing the Upscaling and replication potential of high level urban transformation strategies - is a 60 months long project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme. It addresses the issues that constrains a better and wider development of the urban transformation of the cities through the use of innovative technologies in the energy, mobility and ICT areas and through the direct engagement of citizens in the co-design of their future smart cities. In this project, the following activities will be executed: (i) smart technical and non-technical solutions will be adopted and monitored in the large scale demonstration activities; (ii) urban planning processes will be strengthened,(iii) innovative business models will be developed to ensure the bankability of the deployed solutions, and (iv) citizens and stakeholders will be involved as active players of their urban transformation process. Expected impacts are as follows: (i) increased energy efficiency, (ii) reducedCO2 emissions, (iii) improved local air quality, and (iv) enhanced sustainable mobility and ICT integration The entire project is aligned with the Covenant of Mayors’ Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) and their former version, Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Adaptation Plans, thereby stressing the project’s importance of creating smarter, cleaner cities that are resilient enough to combat the impacts of climate change while providing the people easier access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy. The urban regeneration plans deployed in the lighthouse cities will be further developed and will be evaluated simultaneously over time based on the SEAPs/SECAPs while they will be referred to in identifying the barriers that hinder the continuous urban transformation of these cities and seeking out a cooperation from both the public and private sectors. With the direct assistance and capacity building activities coming from the lighthouse cities, the four follower cities will also be able to plan and later on complete their urban transformation according to the SECAPs/SEAPs. Furthermore, as part of the European Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Partnership and of the collaboration framework with the other Lighthouse projects and initiatives, MAtchUP will be at the forefront of the European smart cities’ transformation process. About MatchUP- Maximizing the Upscaling and replication potential of high level urban transformation strategies Grant agreement number: 774477 Duration: 60 months (October 2017 – September 2022) Project Coordinator: Ayuntamiento de Valencia (Spain) Consortium: 28 partners from 8 countries (Spain, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Finland, Israel, Belgium and Macedonia). MatchUP has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774477.


North Macedonia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, Israel, Italy, Türkiye