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Mid-sized cities as motors of the energy transition

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In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the SINFONIA final conference will now take place online. Join us on 30 June 2020 at 15h00 CET to hear about public policies for refurbishment, main project achievements and future ambitions of our cities!


With 80% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Faced with the challenge of ensuring the quality of life of their citizens while becoming more energy efficient, cities must develop integrated urban development strategies that will make them both sustainable and better place to live. The SINFONIA project aims at accelerating the energy transition by deploying large-scale, integrated, and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities.


After six years of intensive work, the project is approaching its end. This final webconference will share main results, experiences and future ambitions of our two pioneer cities - Innsbruck, Austria and Bolzano, Italy and our follower city Rosenheim, Germany, in their Smart City journey, discuss public policies for renovation and, last but not the least, give an insight into the role of Smart Cities post-2020 in meeting European objectives. 


Registration is free of charge. Click on the following link to register:



  • Smart Cities in the EU: progress and vision beyond 2020 (Representative of the EC, (TBC))
  • Are public policies fitted to boost building renovations? (Johan Torén, Sustainability engineer and researcher, RISE)
  • Are they Smart Cities now? Experience and future ambitions of the two pioneer cities
    • Experience of the pioneer city Innsbruck (Klaus Kleewein, Standort Agentur Tirol, Innsbruck District Leader for Sinfonia)
    • Experience of the pioneer city Bolzano (Daniele Vettorato, EURAC, Bolzano District Leader for Sinfonia)
  • Bridging the gap between refurbishment and replication: sustainable urban development in the follower city Rosenheim (Robert Freund, Project Manager, City of Rosenheim)
  • Towards a zero-energy building stock: monitoring the impact of energy efficient refurbishment projects (Wolfgang Streicher, Director of Energy Efficient Buildings Unit, University of Innsbruck)
  • The beginning of a new chapter: success stories from Sinfonia and future prospects (Håkan Perslow, Project manager and Sinfonia project coordinator, RISE)
  • The role of Smart City initiatives in meeting objectives of the Green Deal (Representative of the EC (TBC))




The SINFONIA project, co-ordinated by RISE, brings more than 30 European partners, including seven cities, prominent research centres, housing and building companies, consultancy groups and other experts. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano and Innsbruck, working hand in hand to achieve 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts. This has been done through an integrated set of measures combining the retrofitting of more than 100,000m² of living surface, optimisation of the electricity grid, and solutions for district heating and cooling.


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