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Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - mySMARTLife (Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy)

Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2020-05-31

mySMARTLife project aims at the development of an Urban Transformation Strategy to support cities to achieve a high level of excellence in their development process. The main instrument is the Advanced Urban Planning, consisting of an integrated approach of the planned city interventions on the basis of a rigorous impact assessment, an active citizen engagement in the decision-making process and a structured business approach.
The foundations of the transformation strategy are the following:
1. Study and develop innovative ways to involve citizens in the development of the transformation, increasing the social acceptance of the technologies through a better understanding of the benefits.
2. Analyse in depth the key aspects for the city business model, considering what is needed to create an ecosystem for big companies and how to replicate it, what policies and actions are appropriate to promote innovative business models mainly for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
3. Introduce the concept of integrated urban planning from the point of view of the expected impacts, social, economic and environmental, to understand the interaction between interventions and support the decision making process.
4. Large scale validation through the implementation of innovative solutions in the energy and mobility sectors, taking ICTs as cross cutting domain to implement smart solutions, providing an open data ecosystem to foster the development of added value services and strengthening impacts.
5. Foster a strong replication activity, involving lighthouse and followers in an extensive process of transferability analysis, best practices exchange and capacity building actions, leading to spread better solutions to reach impacts in a European dimension.
Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland) are the lighthouse cities and Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) the followers.
The commitment of the lighthouse cities is the deployment of a big set of large scale interventions and two years of data collection to make a depth analysis of the results, calculating standard KPIs, evaluating the associated impacts and disseminating the results. Followers are very close to this demonstration, collaborating in the definition and deployment, analysing the problem from the point of view of their own city challenges and extracting knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt for a further replication.
During this periodic report, many advances in the disctrict-level interventions in the three lighthouse cities Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki have been performed. Also, most of the planning activities in the Lighthouse cities have been completed and initial versions of the replication plans in the fellow (follower) cities of Palencia, Bydgoszcz and Rijeka have been completed. Regarding the interventions in the districts, Nantes has completed interventions in the multi-owner residential buildings of Bat A, Bat B, Benoni Goulin, Val de Loire and Masillon. Also 3,500 m2 of individual houses improved their energy efficiency while Buildings in the Inspiration programme and Oiseau des Îles were built according to high-level energy efficiency standards. In total, 47,152 m2 high-performance bulidings are completed in Nantes. Regarding Hamburg, 17,513 m2 in Bergedorf Süd retrofitting project, 24,832 m2 in Am Schilfpark Wolnen and 820 m2 in Kampweg 4 are finalised (43,165 m2). In the case of Helsinki the interventions at building-district level have been completed in the Retrofitting and new Residential zones (Merihana, Vilhonvuori and Kalasatama) and the Viiki office with 10,010 m2, 10,000 m2 and 6,111.9 m2 respectively. So, in total, at month 42, more than 116k m2 have been retrofitted or built with high-level energy efficiency standards, going beyond current normative of new construction or business as usual principles for retrofitting respectively.
Regarding mobily, 94% of the electric vehicles (buses, cars, bikes) committed in mySMARTLife can be found at month 42 in Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki, as a direct or indirect result of the activities implemented in the project that comprise some direct actions like the replacement of conventional vehicles with e-buses and e-cars and other indirect, like for instance, the massive deployment of charging stations in Nantes.
Regarding scientific contribution, mySMARTLife has produced a total of 18 scientific publications during the three first reporting periods. Also, during RP3, an outstanding figure of 56 deliverables were prepared, finalised, reviewed and submitted, as a proof of the huge and extraordinary work performed by mySMARTLife consortium.
"The period comprised in Reporting Period #3 (m31 to m42) has been crucial for mySMARTLife. During these 12 months, some actions have progressed a lot while most of them are finished. Almost all of building related interventions are finalised, the energy systems at building and city scale are almost ready and the ICT activities (IoT, Urban Platform developments, Open Data sets) are ready or almost finished.
With still 18 months of execution till the end of the project, the monitoring activities are ready to start. However, these are difficult months for all and mySMARTLife could not be an exception. Some delays have appearded due to the covid-19 situation, and therefore some of the interventions were stopped. Also during the previous months, the validity of data (due to different patterns of use derived from the confinement) is under consideration. Due to these facts, at this moment, only estimations of the degree of accomplishment of the expected impact of the project can be provided.
According to the DoA, a 55% of improvement with respect to the national regulation was the objective to be achieved. With the current degree of implementation, 33.7% of this objective is estimated to have been accomplished (6,950k kWh/yr). Considering a more reasonable commitment in Bergedorf Süd of 14,000 m2 of retrofitting commitment instead of the whole area as described in the action (finally 17,513 m2 have been executed), even more than this objective would be ready to be justified. This is due to the fact that more square meters than committed have been retrofitted in Nantes. For the last reporting period, probably, also Helsinki developments will increase these figures.
Regarding RES contribution, 54% of energy supplied with RES was the commitment. Considering Hamburg in the target the retrofitting of the whole area of Bergedorf Süd, 45.9% of this commitment would be achieved (6,545k kWh/yr committed vs 3,007k kWh/yr estimated to be achieved). With the more reasonable target of 14,000 m2, it can be estimated that 97.7% of the global commitment is estimated to be reached by month 42 (3,078k kWh/yr committed vs 3,007k kWh/yr estimated to be achieved).
Regarding Energy systems, from the 14,926 kW committed in total power RES connected to the grid an outstanding figure of 15,158.62 kW (102%) has been implemented at month 42. It should be remarked the contribution of the solar road from Nantes and the decentralised PV with the double of installed power than committed. Regarding electricity storage, one of the top priorities in order to make EU electricity grids more stable, secure and to de-couple production and consumption patterns with RES solutions, 2,095 kWh were the commitments. At month 42, 69% of this commitment has been achieved (1,437 kWh)."