Press Corner

Welcome to our press corner, where we have put together informative materials for journalists and other media outlets on the +CityxChange project. A brief introduction to the project has been provided, including images, publicity material, and news coverage. For additional information or if you have specific questions, please get in touch with us using the contact details given below.

FAQs

Click on the questions below to find out more about the +CityxChange project:
The +CityxChange vision is to co-create the future we want to live in. To achieve this, the following framework will be adopted:
(i) Prototype the Future – Integrated Planning and Design
(ii) Enable the Future – Creation of a Common Energy Market
(iii) Accelerate the Future – CommunityxChange
This framework will incorporate 11 Demonstration Projects, which will be carried out in the Lighthouse Cities and replicated in the Follower Cities. These projects encompass the environmental, spatial, social, technical, economic, regulatory and legal aspects, required to deliver Positive Energy Blocks/Districts (PEB/D). They will lead to recommendations for new policy intervention, community engagement, market regulation and business models that will enable scale-up and replication of PEB/Ds across the city and across the EU.
(i) informing citizens of the potential and opportunities that could result from a DPEB (MODEL, ENGAGE);
(ii) enabling citizens to take ownership of their buildings and their communities, through: 
  • behaviour change, which improves the efficiency of their buildings (ENGAGE)
  • enabling investment to create prosumers instead of consumers of energy (INVEST)
(iii) enabling innovation and new disruptive technologies to emerge at a local level, through
  • new regulatory mechanisms to test disruptive technologies (REGULATORY ZONE)
  • innovation playgrounds fostering new and emerging technologies and services, enabling local stakeholders to accelerate their solutions to the wider market (PLAYGROUND)
  • testing of new solutions for seamless e-mobility integrated with the energy system (eMaaS)
(iv) enabling a fair price for energy for all consumers in a community, through
  • a more flexible energy system (MICROGRIDS)
  • peer-to-peer trading across the microgrid, within the DPEB (LOCAL TRADING)
  • trading between all consumers, not just large industrial consumers (FLEXIBILITY MARKET)
(v) co-creating the future of the city with its citizens through a Bold City Vision for 2050 (VISION)
The proposed +CityxChange solution has led to the creation of 11 Demonstration Projects (DPs), which will be implemented in the two Lighthouse Cities (Limerick, Ireland and Trondheim, Norway). A replication profile and framework for each DP will then be created so that the Follower Cities (FCs: Alba Iulia, Romania; Písek, Czech Republic; Sestao, Spain; Smolyan, Bulgaria and Võru, Estonia) and other EU cities can exploit the solutions of the +CityxChange project. 
+CityxChange will create solutions for Positive Energy Blocks leading to Positive Energy Districts and Cities through:
(1) decision support tools which enable informed decisions to be made by all stakeholders in the community; 
(2) an approach to creating a Positive Energy Block through energy reduction and efficiency measures, local renewables, local storage, flexibility and peer-to-peer energy trading; 
(3) top down community engagement driven by the local authority and bottom up citizen engagement to inform, educate and drive behavioural change.

Press kit

The download buttons below include informative and design-oriented material on +CityxChange. 
Choose your city for press kit in local language :
Limerick   Trondheim   Alba Iulia   Písek   Sestao   Smolyan  Võru
 

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News coverage

Press Contact

Laura Ryan
laura.ryan@limerick.ie
Communication and Dissemination Management
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Silja Rønningsen

silja.ronningsen@trondheim.kommune.no
Communication and Dissemination Management
Trondheim, Norway 

Cristiana Fica
cristiana.fica@yahoo.com
Communication and Dissemination Management
Alba Iulia, Romania

Petr Brůha
petr.bruha@mupisek.cz
Communication and Dissemination Management
Písek, Czech Republic
Luis Carlos Delgado Ortiz
luiskar@sestaoberri.eus
Communication and Dissemination Management
Sestao, Spain

Nazhdeva Foteva-Mileva
n.mileva@smolyan.bg
Communication and Dissemination Management
Smolyan, Bulgaria

Tiina Hallimäe
tiina.hallimae@voru.ee
Communication and Dissemination Management
Võru, Estonia
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