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REPLICATE Report Summary

Project ID: 691735
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.1.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - REPLICATE (REnaissance of Places with Innovative Citizenship and TEchnolgy)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main objective of REPLICATE project is the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (San Sebastián-Spain, Florence–Italy and Bristol–UK) of a comprehensive and sustainable City Business Model to enhance the transition process to a smart city in the areas of the energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and ICT/Infrastructure. This will accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies, organizational and economic solutions to significantly increase resource and energy efficiency improve the sustainability of urban transport and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.
REPLICATE project aims to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities. The three lighthouse cities, want to develop SmartCity Business Models fully demonstrated against citizens needs and that can be shown to be sustainable and replicable even beyond public fundings.
The Business Models that are being tested through large scale demonstrators at the three cities are approached with an integrated planning through a co-productive vision, involving citizens and cities’ stakeholders, providing integrated viable solutions to existing challenges in urban areas and to procure sustainable services. Sustainability of the solutions is fostered in three areas: economic and environmental and finally, fostering transparency in the public management.
In addition, the Model features the replicability of the solutions and their scale up in the entire city and in follower cities, particularly in three fellow cities (Essen–Germany, Laussane-Switzerland and Nilüfer-Turkey) that are involved in the project and therefore, have access to knowhow and results achieved on the project so they can apply the developed model. There are 2 observer cities, Guanzhou-China and Bogota-Colombia.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

This period covers the first 18 months of the project development. First step of the project has involved the articulation and implementation of the organization of the consortium, structuring governance of pilots, as the main axes in which to carry out the deployments and managing the rest of the transversal Work Packages by detecting cross-cutting activities among them in order to take advantage of the implementations. Main outcomes carried out in each WP have consisted in:

STRATEGIC PLANNING - BUSINESS MODELS

STEEP (Systems Thinking for Efficient Energy Planning UE-FP7) methodology that was successfully applied in the lighthouse cities has been transferred to the Fellow Cities creating a stakeholder group that will be engaged in the preparation of their smart city strategies and replication plans. In addition, Business Models for the lighthouse cities are developed to help city councils to manage their transition to smart growth in a holistic way. In particular, these city business models are a conceptual framework that aims at guiding a smart city´s deployment.

PILOTS SAN SEBASTIAN-FLORENCE-BRISTOL

Three pilots have started deploying all the implementation in three areas: energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and ICT Infrastructures, with an integrated strategy in order to get a smart district.
During a first phase, each Lighthouse City has defined a proper local governance structure and planned and defined all the intervention to be done. Moreover, the requirements and interdependencies between interventions have been analyzed in order to define a comprehensive management strategy. A second phase with the transition process from planning to the implementation of the solutions has also started and some of the interventions have already been deployed or are being developed.

INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURES ICT PLATFORM

Common and integrated approach for the ICT platforms that are being deployed in the lighthouse cities is being analyzed. In this period a main focus on the platform requirements and common high level architecture design have been done, studying the particularities and similarities among the three deployments.

CROSS CUTTING ACTIVITIES ANALYSIS-SCALE UP STUDY IN THE CITIES

This WP is aimed at collecting pilots experiences, focused on enhancing exchange of these experiences among lighthouses cities. Suitability and specific impact of each common technological measure and behavioral change are being analyzed and a peer review methodology has been defined during this period.

REPLICATION

Focusing on the uniqueness of fellow cities, this WP have helped to the follower cities to define their roadmap for Smart City and replication plans, assessing during the first period the Critical Factors in terms of replicability, adaptability and scalability.

EXPLOTATION OF RESULTS–INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS PLANS

Baseline in the three lighthouse cities´ actions has been identified and defined in order to present the state of the art of the pilots and fellow cities. In addition, a theoretical framework has been defined to identify Business Opportunities and exploitation of results of the project.

MONITORING

A monitoring methodology is being defined to be integrated in the lighthouse cities of the project. The monitoring methodology covers actions implemented on the lighthouse cities aligning with reference databases such as CONCERTO or SCIS. Project and city level indicators have been defined for the analysis of the situation of the activities. In particular, an active collaboration with SCIS is maintained in a project level, sharing information and providing data to feed the platform.

COMMUNICATION

Baseline for the project proper dissemination has been implemented. Necessary channels are launched, such as project web page, twitter, newsletter and communication materials created. Project dissemination is considered as a key aspect so several publications in media and presentation of the project in events at national, Eur

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

REPLICATE project principal impact is to develop and validate a sustainable City Business Model in order to be replicated in other cities; deploying wide-scale, innovative and integrated solutions in the energy, transport and ICTs. General impacts expected on the projects are:
• To reach thermal energy consumption savings in the districts (buildings) involved, that have seen estimated up to 56% in relation to existing situation in building retrofitting and up to 35 % in District Heating, validating cost effective technical solutions in energy efficiency sector
• To implement sustainable e-mobility measures integrating EVs, recharging systems and Information Mobility Systems
• To develop new sustainable and cost-effective services to citizens and Administrations providing integrated infrastructures that improve municipal resources through: a new ICT model for Smart City, development of an intelligent lighting system and deployment of high speed mobile wireless network

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