City Description

Located on the western periphery of Europe, within close proximity to Shannon International Airport and Shannon Foynes Port, Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city and designated as one of Ireland’s Gateway Cities under the National Spatial Strategy (2002); it has held the title of Ireland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration Area since 2012. The city has excellent connectivity with the other large urban centres of Ireland through high-quality road and rail networks. Limerick’s historic core, within the contemporary urban centre has grown in a sustainable and resilient manner that has harnessed the unique location as one of international importance.

Have you ever wondered about where your energy comes from and how you can lower your energy costs?

Limerick City and County Council is part of a new pan-European project spearheaded by innovation specialists in conjunction with designers, developers and regulatory experts, who are looking into new ways of helping to reduce energy consumption while maintaining the characteristic Georgian heritage of Limerick city centre.

Funding has been awarded under the EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project of €24m for seven cities to create smart positive energy districts (areas which create more energy than they use). Limerick City and County Council together with expert partners will develop solutions for buildings located in the Georgian Innovation District to help generate more energy than they consume and allow for the excess energy to be returned to the grid. Several buildings forming a Positive Energy Block, will be the first to become part of a new renewable energy management structure which will allow for the two-way flow of energy.

These include Gardens International, the GPO, Limerick Youth Service and Limerick Chamber, with others on the way including St Michael’s Rowing Club, Rooney Auctioneers, ENGINE, the Athenaeum Building, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Building.

Over the next 3 years, exciting new projects in the Georgian Innovation District will test developing smart technologies as part of Smart Limerick’s Digital Strategy.

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+CityxChange learning workshop and PED City workshop

Learning workshop and PED workshop in Vienna | April 2019

After the first kick-off meeting at the project launch in Trondheim in November 2018, +CityxChange partners from LHCs, FCs and supporting organizations got together again on April 2-4 for the PED Cities Workshop. The three-day workshop – one day organised by +CityxChange project coordinators and the second two by JPI

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Kick-off: The cities we want to live in | November 2018

On Wednesday 7th November 2018, the kick-off and first consortium meeting was held for the +CityxChange initiative. Today we kicked off our +CityxChange project in Trondheim, with nearly 90 participants from 32 partners. One of the main targets for the kick-off was to determine how to create open, collaborative and engaging

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Co-creating the future we want to live in | July 2018

On 6 July, the +CityxChange proposal was formally invited by the European Commission to become a new smart city lighthouse project, under the “Smart Cities and Communities” call of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The proposal was given excellent comments and scores by the experts and rated

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