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e-update #5

Dear readers,

Our lighthouse cities have made significant progress since our last update. With most projects in the middle of the implementation stages, there are a great deal of interesting developments taking place across our three solution categories. I invite you to take a look at our Lighthouse City blog updates below for the details!

The project has also recently published a number of factsheets which can be found online. Visit the solutions page and click on the measures for any solution to view the factsheets. These documents look at specific solutions being implemented within the GrowSmarter project, providing further details on the impact and scope for replication in other cities.

Don't forget if you are interested in following what is happening in our Lighthouse cities and five Follower cities (see below for an update from Cork) more closely, you can join our city interest group.

Best wishes,

Gustaf Landahl
Project Coordinator (City of Stockholm)

 Blog updates from the 3 Lighthouse Cities

Over the course of this five-year project, the Lighthouse Cities will provide regular updates on their progress, challenges and lessons learned in implementing the 12 solutions and transitioning to become a smart, sustainable city.

Cologne blog #4: Citizen involvement - the Stegerwald Settlement
A slew of buildings in Stegerwald are receiving upgraded insulation and modern heating systems. Read more to learn about the smart home energy management system being developed, the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, and how Cologne is involving citizens in the development process!
Barbara Moehlendick will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Mülheim, and will be providing you with updates from the Cologne site.

Click here to read my blog
Barcelona blog #4: passive refurbishements in the residential sector
Refurbishments in a 207-dwelling residential building will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor comfort at the same time. In this blog post, learn more about the steps being taken to improve and monitor the energy efficiency of the building.
Roberto Furió will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions, and will be providing you with updates from the Barcelona site.

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Stockholm blog #4: putting smart solutions into practice
The GrowSmarter project is moving along quickly in Stockholm - a new LED-lighting system has been installed in Valla Torg, and many other developments are underway across the city. The end of the year is sure to be busy with projects in energy refurbishments, waste heat recovery, smart traffic management, electric vehicles and logistics.
Mika Hakosalo will be leading the implementation of the 12 solutions in Årsta, and will be providing you with updates from the Stockholm site.

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Special blog update from Follower City Cork
GrowSmarter follower city Cork launched the Cork Smart Gateway in 2016, which will serve to develop the Cork region as an attractive place to live, work and visit. Traffic management, transport, environmental detection, energy and waste management are a few key sectors that Cork hopes to address by applying smart solutions.
Read more about Cork’s Replication Plan in the GrowSmarter project here

Upcoming events

Events where GrowSmarter will be presenting
18 -19 October I Building Sustainability, SGBC16 I Stockholm
26-28 October I Local Renewables I Basel, Switzerland
8 November I GrowSmarter webinar: 
Shared mobility services in cities
1-2 Dec. I Smart city workshop @ Polis conference I Rotterdam, Netherlands
25-26 April 2017 I GrowSmarter Study Visit, Cologne, Germany

For information on more smart city events, see the GrowSmarter website

 How you can get involved!

Become a member of our City Interest Group
As part of the project, five so-called ‘Follower Cities’ will closely monitor the ‘Lighthouse Cities’ to learn from their experiences and to identify measures suitable for their specific local context. You can become part of our wider network by joining the City Interest Group.

More information >>
Take part in our European workshops
Four European workshops will be held to showcase the experiences of the 'Lighthouse Cities' in implementing  the smart solutions and exchange between cities from all over Europe. You are welcome to join us at these free workshops and take part in the discussion. 

More information >>
Meet industry partners at our study visits
The three Lighthouse Cities will each host a number of study visits, which are free to attend, and provide opportunities to see first-hand technological application of the 12 smart solutions and meet the 20+ industrial partners taking part in the GrowSmarter project.

More information >>

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 646456. The sole responsibility for the content of this e-update lies with the GrowSmarter project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.

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