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MAximizing the UPscaling and replication potential of high level urban transformation strategies

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - MAtchUP (MAximizing the UPscaling and replication potential of high level urban transformation strategies)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-03-31

Valencia, Dresden and Antalya are a set of advanced cities that have been selected to play the role of LIGHTHOUSE. These cities are carrying out a real pilot of transformation in the energy and mobility sectors , addressing monitoring and evaluation of technological, economic and social assessment. These pilots will reach very ambitious energy savings, CO2 emissions reduction objectives, supported by ICT solutions as main enabler to reach high performance, collect relevant information, fostering open data use, facilitate urban planning and decision making and encouraging citizen and stakeholder’s engagement through well-established ICT Urban Platforms.

MAtchUP’s objective is to create and adopt solutions that can turn urban problems into smart opportunities to improve the citizens’ quality of life and boost the local economies. The final aim is to create a prosperous and more liveable urban environment for communities.

Overall objectives
1. Fostering URBAN TRANSFORMATION through advanced urban planning, capacity building, upscaling and replication.
2. Carry out extensive demonstration of technologies in the energy, mobility sectors, together with a wide deployment of Smart Solutions based on ICTs.
3. Deploy a deep monitoring and evaluation program, analysing technical, social and financial issues.
4. Fostering the identification and development of innovative business models to increase expected impacts.
5. Link MAtchUP with the most relevant clusters and similar projects and city networks to maximize knowledge exchange, impact and replication.
6. Deploy a deep exploitation and market deployment strategy supporting stakeholders in the identification of exploitable results.
7. Deploy an impact based communication and dissemination strategy.
During 2nd reporting period all the requested 50 deliverables have been submitted. All the tasks are working according to the schedule. Only some small deviations have been noticed in demo sites but, at this moment, none of them imply a lack of achievement of critical objectives and a relevant impact on other tasks. Mitigation plan is ongoing for those actions in demo sites that could imply a risk.
The impact of COVID-19 health crisis has affected at the end of the reporting period but the impact would be more evident in the following period.
MAtchUP team involved in WP1 has worked in the establishment of methods and development of tools to set the ground for the definition of the Smart City Strategies and Replication Plans, by analysing the demand-side and supply-side for all MAtchUP cities. With the methodology for advanced integrated planning, Milestone 1 of the project was accomplished in M18.
For the three Lighthouse cities, a relevant milestone (MS4) has been realized (in M24) with the detailed design of interventions to be implemented in the four MAtchUP pillars (energy, mobility, ICT and non-technical interventions) that has been provided.
During this period of the project, there have been some actions which have progressed according to the plan, while others have had some delays. At the end of this reporting period, some actions had expected a relevant progress but due to the COViD19 health crisis, it will have an impact over these actions not only in this reporting period but also in the following one and in the monitorization period.
The definition of MAtchUP Technical, Social and Economic Evaluation Framework as well as the evaluation protocols and KPIs to evaluate Project actions has been carried out during the 2nd reporting period. Milestone 3 that consists in the evaluation frameworks ready, was accomplished in M18. Apart from that, the support for the development of LHC’s monitoring programmes and links with their ICT Urban platforms, completed during this period.
In the 2nd reporting period, the definition of business model evaluation framework was completed and the overall methodological approach to analyse and evaluate MAtchUP business models was delivered in M18. The evaluation framework was then applied to lighthouse cities’ business models with the review and assessment of them, including the main building blocks of smart city business models, their main strengths/weaknesses, barriers and possible solution to overcome them
The Library of project’s exploitable results (82) was delivered in M24 with the aim to identify results, assess their IP ownership, plan IP Rights strategy and develop partners’ initial exploitation pathways.
The Collaboration Secretariat had been created in the 1st reporting period. Its objectives, activities, responsible partners and the main management procedures were established and the main achievements have been done with the collaboration with the Lighthouse Cooperation Network, participating in the SCC01 tasks groups on Smart Cities (communication, business models, replication, data management, monitoring, etc.).
The D&C strategy designed during the first reporting period has been revised and improved in M18. The D&C Plan represents the first milestone that governs the overall D&C strategy of the project for all partners. In parallel, first results of the monitoring and measuring of the D&C activities through outreach and engagement indicators have been collected.
MAtchUP solutions aims at providing effective qualitative and quantitative impacts on urban environments. These solutions and activities will be translated into greener and prosper cities build on the needs of their customers .
There are two key issues related to the progress beyond the state of the art:
1. Planning and Replication strategy/methodology
One of the main MAtchUP’s goals is to provide an innovative urban transformation method for guiding cities in the decision making process in 4 steps:
• Diagnosis
• Integrated planning
• Implementation
• Replication plans.
In the first reporting period, a methodology for Advanced city diagnosis including identification and review of city challenges and priorities was designed. Another methodology for Advanced Integrated planning was created during the first reporting period. It included an analysis of cities’ strategy, financial models and organizational capability. This methodology has been structured in 4 steps:
• definition of a management structures
• strategy for capacity building
• citizens’ engagement strategy
• method definition to characterize and evaluate the demand scenarios.
Both methodologies have been implemented during the second reporting period.
2. Evaluation process – to SEAP/SECAP recommendations
During 2nd RP, Valencia has approved its SECAP (April 2019). Antalya is working in the transition from SEAP to SECAP. Regarding Dresden, a time plan was drawn up to update its SECAP, which is to be put in tender during 2020. Monitoring of the existing SECAP is ongoing.

MAtchUP technologies are at TRL 7 or even higher, and their integration will demonstrate very high energy efficiency in districts, considering building, district and even city-level RES with storage systems. These technologies combined with sustainable mobility concepts enabled with ICTs (Urban Platforms) will be proven as accelerators of the urban transformation.

In terms of expected impacts per city and pillar, as most of the actions are close to be finished, an estimation of them can be carried out. Moreover, technical, economic and social evaluation frameworks have been designed during the second reporting period and the monitorization period is starting