The new challenges of CARTIF about city solutions

27 december 2017

In 2017, CARTIF has started to work on four new European projects, whose aims is to promote de urban regeneration process in order to achieve more intelligent, cleaner and more responsible with environment cities. With this purpose, the four big consortiums join forces to develop and apply innovative solutions in energy, mobility and ICT.

MySMARTLife project, coordinated by CARTIF, seeks to reduce CO2 emissions in cities, throughout the use of renewable energy sources, refurbishment of buildings, clean transport and application of ICT solutions. These actions are being carried out in Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). As a novelty, this project defines two key concepts: on the one hand, ‘Inclusive Cities’, which will be those in which citizens will play a vital role for their development, and will become ‘Intelligent citizens’; and on the other hand, ‘Intelligent Economy’, an innovative and dynamic economic concept that guarantees adequate employment and income, attracts talent and provides goods and service according to the real needs of the population.

On the other hand, CARTIF works together with the City Council of Valencia (Spain) and 26 partners from eight different countries, in the MAtchUP project, which started in November. This project will strengthen urban planning processes through the application of innovative technologies in the energy, mobility and ICT sectors in Valencia (Spain), Dresden (Germany) and Antalya (Turkey).

These two projects belong to the community of Lighthouse projects, whose main objective is to improve the life in European cities, thanks to actions to achieve urban places with low CO2 emissions and measures that improve building and transport energy efficiency. Besides these two projects, CARTIF coordinates and participates respectively in other two projects of this group: REMOURBAN and SmartEnCity.

On the other hand, the renaturing cities concept has turned into a priority strategy in Horizon 2020 Programme. For this reason, CARTIF has started to work this year in two new projects whose objective is to apply nature based solutions in cities, in order to favour their climate change resilience and help to reduce the consequences, such as pollution, floods…

Urban Green Up project aims to develop a methodology and some demonstration actions in the field of nature based solutions. These solutions will contribute significantly to achieving more sustainable cities, not only from the environmental point of view but also economic and social, making them more attractive, competitive and inclusive, as well as more resilient in the face of climate change. Some of these solutions are green facades and roofs, urban forests, green barriers against noise, etc. The actions will be carried out in Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey).

The second proyect is Nature4Cities, which is working on the design of a data platform that allows decision-making thanks to collaborative models based on nature based solutions. These models will be tested in four European cities: Alcalá de Henares (Spain), Milan (Italy), Szeged (Hungary) and Çakaya (Turkey).

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