Author: Johnathan Subendran

D9.15: Report on attendance at events held by other SCC-01 co-ordinators 6

The deliverable D9.15: Report on attendance at events held by other SCC-01 co-ordinators 6 was submitted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with contributions from LCCC, TK, MAI, MP, SB, SMO, VORU, and R2M in December 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

“+CityxChange actively pursues synergies with other relevant EU platforms and projects, facilitating collaboration and exchanging good practices.

This series of reports describes the participation and lessons learned by +CityxChange partners in events organised by other SCC projects, the Board of Coordinators and SCALE Secretariat, the Smart Cities Marketplace (SCM), SET-Plan Action 3.2 and the Driving Urban Transitions Partnership, the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities, and other European networks during the sixth six-month period of the project M31-M36.

This report is Deliverable 9.15 of the +CityxChange Task 9.2 on Extra-Project Cooperation through other SCC01 projects and EU platforms, in Work Package 9 “Inter-Project Collaboration and Clustering”. Some general content is repeated from the previous D9.13, especially on longer-running collaborations and background information. This report complements Deliverable D9.14 “Report on Intra-Project Collaboration Including Study
Visits and Peer to Peer Workshops 6”.

D9.14: Report on Intra-Project Collaboration Including Study Visits and Peer-to-Peer Workshops 6

The deliverable D9.14: Report on Intra-Project Collaboration Including Study Visits and Peer-to-Peer Workshops 6 was submitted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with contributions from LCCC, TK, MAI, MP, SB, SMO, and VORU in December 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

“This report provides an overview of the study visits, peer-to-peer workshops, and other intra-project learning activities performed by the Lighthouse and Follower Cities and the other partners in +CityxChange, between 1 May 2021 and 31 October 2021 (M31-36).

These activities form part of Work Package 9 “Inter-Project Collaboration and Clustering”, Task 9.1 “Intra-Project Lighthouse and Follower City Cooperation”. They are designed to address the needs of the participating cities and solution providers in an effective manner, to better align goals and priorities, to promote cross-cultural communication, understanding, and collaboration between the partners, and to speed up the learning process and iteration of results across the entire value chain.

As support to deliver better study visits and peer-to-peer workshops, the deliverable also describes ex-ante/ex-post evaluation of cross-cutting issues within clean energy, open
innovation, gender, socio-economic science and humanities to increase impact and deliver practical recommendations to partners and beyond.

This report (D9.14) is complemented by D9.15: Report on attendance at events held by other SCC-01 co-ordinators 6. Some general content is repeated from the previous D9.12: Report on Intra-Project Collaboration, including study visits and peer-to-peer workshops 5.

D10.9: Plan for dissemination and exploitation of +CityxChange project results 4

The deliverable D10.9: Plan for dissemination and exploitation of +CityxChange project results 4 was submitted by ISOCARP Institute (ISOCARP), with contributions from MP, MAI, SB, SMO, TK, VORU, NTNU, R2M, and SE in December 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

“This document is a revised version of D10.8: Plan for dissemination and exploitation of +CityxChange project results 3 and its previous versions D10.1 and D10.6, which provides the framework for dissemination and exploitation activities of the +CityxChange project (connected to Task 10.1: Communication and Dissemination Management ). This document is revised annually and supersedes the previous version. It is composed of:

1. The outline of the communication goals;
2. The context in which the goals have to be implemented;
3. The formulation of a strategy and a detailed plan;
4. The organisation, tasks and roles; and
5. The means or delivery channels.

The deliverable provides the updated overall plan, an overview of the communication activities of the first three years, the achieved outreach through different channels, and a compilation of the preparatory internal and external activities which aim at supporting the further process of communicating and disseminating the project and its progress and outcomes.

The purpose of this particular version is to not only to update the various aspects of project’s CDE dimensions and activities, but also reflect on the overall shift, response and adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the particular challenges it brought concerning physical interaction and collaboration. In doing so, the updates in the plan reflect on how the CDE adapts to the development of the project results, with its focus on replication and deployment with the recent transition to an increasingly online and virtual world of working and communication.

Delegation visit of Polish city of Zdunska Wola to Sestao

Eight representatives (and interpreter) from the Polish city of Zdunska Wola, including the mayor, came to visit Northern Spain. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize the representatives with the Smart City solutions and the project “60+ Smart City: innovations as a result of intergenerational cooperation”. The participants in this study are curious to know what innovative social solutions are used in Basque cities. They had a meeting with Bilbao in the morning, with SB during the afternoon, and the following day with Santander. The purpose of the visit is to exchange good practices and expand knowledge, in which +CityxChange was presented to them. 

Climathon Smolyan 2021

The Climathon in Smolyan was facilitated fully virtually under the motto “For cleaner, greener and more sustainable Smolyan in the future”, focusing on generating ideas inspired by the SDF Goals 7,11,12,13,14,15 and 17, and their respective channels. The event took place on November 25th and 26th, 2021 with over 50 participants from local high schools, divided into six teams, that was led by a group of mentors from the municipality of Smolyan as well as other professionals within the realm of energy and sustainability and urban development. 

During the initial stages of the organization of the Climathon, three main challenges were identified which were presented to the participants as a focus for the event. The climate-specific challenges were related to energy efficiency, waste management, and transport. The teams worked on the challenges that they considered important and developed solutions about how their city could be more sustainable in the future.

This event generated many ideas and useful insights for the +CityxChange project. It was fueled by an enthusiastic group of youth who were motivated to support the winning ideas to make real changes within their city. 

The Municipality of Smolyan has pledged it support to help implementing all the ideas from the Climathon whether through direct funding within existing programs on the subject or by assisting in securing funding for further research and development of the solution.

D5.10: Trondheim Innovation Lab Solutions Catalogue

The deliverable D5.10: Trondheim Innovation Lab Solutions Catalogue was submitted by Trondheim Kommune (TK), with contributions from NTNU, SE, RK, and TE in December 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

“This report is a catalogue of energy-related Innovation Lab Solutions, which have been developed and tested in Innovation Playgrounds in the Lighthouse City (LHC) Trondheim. Innovation Playgrounds are designated areas of a city where different physical and virtual places and activities relating to innovation are brought together to facilitate collaboration, empower citizens, and find new ways of addressing challenges that matter to people. Innovation Playgrounds in LHC Trondheim have focused on co-creation between business, public sector, academia and local residents.

An Innovation Playground includes a System (consisting of places, activities, data and enabling mechanisms), a Journey (which requires observation, sense-making, co-design and
prototyping) and Localisation (to bring various places and activities together in a coherent structure). The methods that have been employed to develop and test solutions in LHC Trondheim include:

● Ideations, competitions and games (which led to the generation of ideas, initiatives and proposals)

● Co-creation and learning workshops (which led to the development of policies, strategies shared understanding of tasks and collaboration agreements)

● Festivals and special events (which contributed to wider engagement, dissemination of ideas and promotion of Positive Energy Blocks/Districts)

Innovation Playgrounds in LHC Trondheim have used these methods to test and develop 13 innovation solutions, featured in the Catalogue of Innovation Lab Solutions (Section 4 of this report). The Catalogue features technical and social solutions ranging from energy trading platforms and green mobility apps to youth sustainability workshops and energy board games. These solutions have been demonstrated in LHC Trondheim, and have the potential for upscaling and replication outside of the demonstration areas.

In LHC Trondheim, the most successful testing of innovation solutions occurred where co-creation between business, public sector, academia and local residents was felt the strongest. For example, the Mobee mobility app solution required the formation of an advisory board across sectors, partnerships and data from mobility companies and user testing with students and local residents. This type of solution had a clear objective (to improve access to green mobility options) and received high levels of media attention and public support.

To replicate these results across the +CityxChange project, it is important to consider the intended impact of the solution, the business case for implementing such a solution and the partnerships and resources required to make it happen. In this way, LHC Trondheim, and Follower Cities across Europe, can co-create the future we want to live in.”

Energy Citizenship in New Energy Concepts


It is assumed by the projects demonstrating Positive Energy District (PED) concepts in cities across Europe that citizens should want and need to be involved in the development of new energy concepts, such as PEDs for these concepts to be deployed successfully. Six different PED research and innovation projects are investigating the types and expectations of citizen engagement. They evaluate the impact of energy citizenship on the success of PED deployment across Europe.

Year: 2021

Authors: Mark van Wees, Beatriz Pineda Revilla, Helena Fitzgerald, Dirk Ahlers, Natalia Romero, Beril Alpagut, Joke Kort, Cyril Tjahja, Gabi Kaiser, Viktoria Blessing, Lia Patricio, Sander Smit

Publisher: MDPI

New European Bauhaus and CommunityxChange

The +CityxChange Horizon 2020 project is focused on the clean energy transition of cities, positioning this within a broader UN SDG context. The +CityxChange approach places people at the heart of the transition towards decarbonisation, where community-led open innovation and co-creation activities and processes are linked to city governance structures in order to bring about change. 

Decarbonising our society and economy, alongside addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, are societal challenges with accelerating impacts on peoples’ day-to-day lives. Feeling powerless to meaningfully act is individually felt. Providing pathways and infrastructure to empower citizens, to enable individual action and to encourage collective responses to address local and global challenges is vital to realising more sustainable places and ways of life. 

The CommunityxChange frameworks developed in +CityxChange describe a mechanism to enable the co-creation of the future we want to live in. The frameworks have been designed to put in place a platform for innovation which places people at its core. The integrated concepts can initiate positive cycles of collaboration, where obstacles and opportunities experienced by people and communities can be acted on in a meaningful way. 

The frameworks which are designed for cities can be localised to a range of contexts. Though focussed on the clean energy transition and the creation of Distributed Positive Energy Blocks they can be adapted to suit broader transitions towards the UN SDGs. The frameworks are designed to leverage existing resources, knowledge, networks, skills, infrastructure and to make participation meaningful for people through top-down and bottom-up processes of engagement. 

Full details of all frameworks are published on the +CityxChange Knowledge Base and are summarised as follows: 

  • D3.1: Framework for Bold City Vision, Guidelines, and Incentive Schemes (SDG City Transition Framework) – describes a process to create a city vision and to identify goals which places the clean energy transition within the cities’ overarching planning and management processes, all located within a broader UN SDG sustainable development context. This deliverable, authored by Trondheim Kommune, has been selected for the EU H2020 Innovation Radar Platform as an innovation to watch. 
  • D3.2: Delivery of the Citizen Participation Playbook – contains best practice guidance for citizen engagement; a catalogue of physical and online engagement tools; and four participatory processes for co-design in the clean energy transition including Co-design of Urban Interventions, Collaborative Legislation, Participatory Budgeting, and Citizen Proposals. 
  • D3.3: Framework for Innovation Playgrounds – describes a spatial and socio-economic framework where physical and virtual places and innovation activities are assembled into a coherent whole, an Innovation Playground, where Innovation Playground journeys enable collaboration and empower citizens to innovate to address challenges that matter to them. 
  • D3.4: Framework for DPEB Learning and Education – includes a set of principles and a dynamic portfolio of activities on the +CityxChange website which integrates youth learning programmes at different age levels with active ageing society programmes. 
  • D3.5: Framework for a Positive Energy Champion Network – describes a campaign to initiate a network of people who can help translate the ideas, plans and innovations associated with the clean energy transition into local knowledge and actions. The Champions are co-innovators who explore, ideate, design and diffuse changes in behaviour to enable the city’s clean energy transition.  
  • D3.6: Framework for DPEB Innovation Labs – describes a framework for the implementation of dedicated centres for digital innovation within a city, located physically and conceptually within the +CityxChange Innovation Playground and where its operation can become manifest. A DPEB Innovation Lab comprises a programme of activities and events, and a network of virtual and physical locations connected to a citizen observatory system where citizens can make observations on local environments using mobile digital devices. The DPEB Innovation Lab enables new collaborations between government, academia, business, and civil society to meet the innovation agenda of a particular place defined through its Bold City Vision process. Its operation contributes to a positive cycle of collaboration, where citizens’ creativity and knowledge of their place can be channelled to effect change. The DPEB Innovation Lab is a point of intersection of the CommunityxChange frameworks and describes a physical space for innovation and co-creation, connected to a digital space promoting sustainable digitalisation and lowering the threshold to participation. 

Placemaking as a concept can, in addition to enhancing the natural and built environment, embrace culture, diversity, inclusion, sustainability, creativity and beautiful ways of life. The CommunityxChange concepts developed through +CityxChange can support the aims of the New European Bauhaus to create sustainable, beautiful and inclusive places through co-creation, place-specific community-led open innovation and the initiation of positive cycles of collaboration.

+Limerick Citizen’s Innovation Lab

Co- creating the future we want to live in.

The +Limerick Citizen’s Innovation Lab is a new way of engaging members of the public, groups and organisations in helping to create Limerick’s future.

Based in the old Dunnes Stores building on Sarsfield Street in the heart of Limerick City Centre, the Innovation Lab will provide a physical and digital space where citizens can work collaboratively with the local authority, University of Limerick and other interested stakeholders to develop solutions focused on the energy transition, climate action and sustainability.

Public consultation events, meetings, mapping, co-creation workshops, open innovation projects and do-it-together projects will happen in the space which is divided into three distinct areas.

The Space includes;

  • FABLAB – supported by UL, the FabLab is a digital fabrication laboratory that offers cultural, educational and research programmes
  • Citizen’s Observatory – a place physical and digital space that enables citizens to offer to utilise data to co-design solutions together.
  • Community Engagement Hub – a space for public participation and citizen engagement.  A space to ‘Co- create the future we want to live in’

The +Limerick Citizen’s Innovation Lab is in partnership with the University of Limerick as part of the Horizon 2020 +CityxChange Project

Coming soon. Watch this space!

D11.10 Data Management Plan 4

The deliverable D11.10 Data Management Plan 4 was submitted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with contributions from all partners in November 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

” This deliverable constitutes the fourth version of the Data Management Plan for the +CityxChange project. It specifies Data Governance and handling of data in the project, types of data expected to be generated in the project, and if and how it will be made open and accessible for verification and re-use. It will also specify curation and preservation, with details such as ethical, privacy, and security issues.

All beneficiaries are informed of the applicable regulations around human participation, informed consent, data processing, data security, and the pertinent regulations such as GDPR or H2020 Ethics or FAIR guidelines. When personal data collection or processing is started, the DMP information will be updated accordingly to include updated data summaries, consent forms, compliance, and institutional approval where necessary. Processing of personal data will respect the Data Protection Principles. This document provides an overview of data handling in the project and provides the initial guidelines for the project. The project will support openness according to the EU FAIR approach and the
principle “as open as possible, as closed as necessary” together with the project ambition of “Open by Default”.

This document is an update of D11.5: Data Management Plan – Initial Version, D11.7 Data Management Plan 2 and D11.16 Data Management Plan 3 and supersedes those documents. Changes to previous versions are detailed in the introduction section. “