CITY-ZEN, a EU FP7 project running from 01-03- 2014 to 28-02-2019, aims to develop and demonstrate energy efficient cities, and to build a methodology and tools for cities, industries and citizens to reach the 20-20-20 targets.
Currently, over 68% of Europeans live in cities and this number will rise. In 2050, it is expected that 80% of the world population will live in cities. Urban context areas is the place where the transition to renewable energy needs to be, based on a strong involvement of all stakeholders : industries, decision makers, knowledge partners and citizens. All infrastructures can play a role in a zero energy solution, but it all needs to be decided through transparent and cooperative processes. What is noticeable is that different infrastructures are today mixing, supplementing and even substituting for each other. And it isn’t just for domestic heat system and gas grids, but also for electricity, fuels, sewage, drinking water, ICT and solid waste. Integrating change and going beyond current practice to share skills, knowledge and today and the future needs are this project's primary goal.
A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory it’s possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people’s lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That’s what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble, France, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- building retrofitting
- heating and cooling
- smart grids
- integrated issues
- societal issues
- rockstart smart energy accelerator
- sustainable energy
- 22 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
- 59,000 tonnes per year CO₂ savings
- 90,000 m² renovated residential buildings
- 10,000 connected dwellings with a Smart Grid
City-zen is coordinated by VITO. The consortium consists of 25 partners from 5 European countries representing industries, network operators, housing corporations, city representatives and research institutes.