D6.7 Report on management of +CityxChange replication in Písek

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The deliverable D6.7 Report on management of +CityxChange replication in Písek was submitted by Písek in October 2023 with contributions from NTNU. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“Písek is a pioneer in the field of “Smart Cities” in the Czech Republic and is perceived as the most successful Czech city which has long been involved in the concept of Smart City. In 2015, it was the first public body in the country to adopt a comprehensive Smart City strategy, the so-called “Blue-Yellow Book” (named after the city’s official colours). This document analyses the current situation, defines the basic pillars, and presents the stakeholders who will be involved in the development. It specifically defines individual activities in relation to the specified areas, as well as financial resources that can be used in the implementation of projects.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of Písek’s activities and achievements within the +CityxChange framework. It delves into the city’s baseline conditions, setting the stage for understanding the significance of the innovations and replications undertaken. The document demarcates the geographical and technical areas of interest, offering readers a clear spatial context for the various demonstration projects (DPs) that have been executed.

A key aspect of this report is its focus on stakeholder engagement. By identifying and collaborating with various stakeholders, Písek has ensured that the implemented solutions are not only technically sound but also resonate with the needs and aspirations of its citizens. This inclusive approach has been particularly evident in the city’s emphasis on citizen engagement, where open platforms like Climathon have played a pivotal role in fostering community participation.

Another highlight of Písek’s journey within +CityxChange is its foray into Electric Mobility as a Service (eMaaS). By integrating technical measures into a holistic multimodal transport system, the city has showcased how innovation can be seamlessly woven into the urban fabric. This approach, which includes systemic measures like public communication of transport changes and new timetable creation, underscores Písek’s commitment to creating a sustainable and efficient urban mobility landscape.

Over the past years, several other strategic documents have been created that were in line with the Blue-Yellow Book and developed some sub-areas, considering the smart direction of the city. For example, SECAP or the Sustainable Mobility Plan, among others. The natural outcome was the creation of a new long-term vision in the form of Bold City Vision, which seamlessly follows the Blue-Yellow Book, compared to which it places greater emphasis on sustainable environment, community services and smart governance.

Bold City Vision 2050 puts human sustainability at the forefront in the context of limited natural resources, rapid technological development, the natural and economic environment, and societal change. The city is the centre of attraction of the region, and therefore in shaping the vision, it is taken into account that for the whole region, the movement of people, companies and services and the natural environment that is located in it. An environment that does not respect the boundaries of administrative units. Preparing to cope with the consequences of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are challenges that require fundamental societal change and action at all levels. Instead, the ideas that are reflected in the vision document are more likely to be realised if as many people as possible become acquainted with the vision, and therefore great attention has already been paid to getting as many people as possible to know about it. devoted to inclusion already in the preparation phase of the document. The message of the completed document needs to be spread on the widest possible scale; it also helps to make the city as image friendly as possible. The changes are rapid and significantly impact the living conditions of the public and the private sector, organisations, and individuals, both financially and socially.”

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