Tag: Limerick

Creative play: Imagining future Limerick

Organised by the University of Limerick researchers as part of City Engage Week in September 2019, this event targeted families with children between 5 and 10 years old, and aimed to introduce +CityxChange to this young age group. The event took place in Fablab Limerick and brought together a group of children accompanied by their parents/grandparents.

The participants were invited to reimagine the city and co-design potential future smart energy and smart mobility solutions, using different types of materials – from Lego, cardboard and Styrofoam to conductive paint, textiles and electronics. The young participants worked in groups to collaboratively create a model for a green, efficient and people-friendly Limerick. 

The event was advertised widely via printed flyers and social media.

While evaluating the outcomes, we came to the conclusion that the children participating were very young and their attention span was very limited. Play and the natural group dynamic took prevalence in this case. For future events, working with older children (over 10 y.o.) could lead to better results. 


City Energy Game

This event, organised by the University of Limerick and Limerick City and County Council as part of the first City Engage Week took place with two groups of participants, on two consecutive days at Fab Lab Limerick in September 2019. The “City Energy” boardgame is about collective decision-making in the city and the roles that citizens play. It uses techniques of gamification and tests scenarios of placemaking and behavioural change for residents that share a city block. Players adapt to scenarios during the game according to personas that they choose, (Owner, Occupier, Business-Owner or Curious Citizen). Researchers from the University of Limerick, and students from the School of Architecture at UL (SAUL) developed this game, and ran events for +CityxChange in Limerick, Ireland in Sept. 2019. The purpose of the event was to introduce concepts of shared ownership in the context of the Limerick City Georgian Neighbourhood / Demonstration Area. The event involved building owners and residents in the Limerick City Demonstration area. Through the board game, the organisers  tested various scenarios of urban placemaking and planning and introduced participants to potential  behavioural changes. The participants had the opportunity to inhabit the roles of other user groups addressed in the project. The event brought together people potentially interested in taking part in the Energy Champions programme or the Open Innovation Calls. The event familiarised the participants with the goals of +CityxChange, and served for promoting the use of the Citizens’ Observatory. Trained facilitators were needed during the event to keep track of scores and explain rules. One of the conclusions was that the roles of players could be diversified and the scoring system simplified for future similar events.

University of Limerick campus accommodates first Electric Car Sharing Vehicle

In Limerick, +CityxChange partners are exploring eMobility. Recently, the University of Limerick and GoCar agreed to provide a parking space and permit in the busy UL campus car park for an electric car sharing vehicle, a Hyundai Kona with a 64 kWh battery. The car park is already equipped with an ESB 22kW Type 2 / AC43 dual port electric vehicle charge point, and the shared EV will be available to the public from February 2023 until the end of the project.

eMobility as a Service (eMaaS) is a concept that involves the use of technology to support integration and multi-modal electric vehicle travel. It represents the transition away from depending on personally-owned transport to a model based on mobility provided as a Service. eMaaS hubs create additional e-mobility types for users with the inclusion of electric bike share and in some markets also electric scooters (while currently e-scooters are not legislated for in Limerick or Ireland yet).

Check out the latest deliverable, D4.5: eMobility in Limerick DPEB Implementation Guide, to learn more about what has been accomplished. This report describes and details:

  • The implementation of the +CityxChange Limerick project, and it demonstrates Seamless eMobility, including an eMaaS scheme with proposed V2G integration in Limerick City.
  • The different actors involved, their roles and responsibilities and the proposed electric Car Sharing scheme and its vehicles deployed.
  • The barriers encountered which prevented full implementation of the task.
  • Important experiences and learning points.

In the photo above, Chris Fogarty, Energy Manager/Quality Team Leader at University of Limerick is pictured with Mantas Valasinas, GoCar representative for Limerick at the handover of “GoCar UL 3’.

Positive Energy Symposium in Limerick

Integrating the New European Bauhaus into Ireland’s Climate Transition

Limerick’s Citizen Innovation Lab hosted a symposium on October 13th. At the event +CityxChange project partners presented infrastructural demonstrators, and shared insights and learning from project implementation to date, with Dublin and Cork – the Irish cities taking part in the “100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” Mission. The invited audience included people from government departments, local authorities, academia and state agencies involved in the delivery of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan and Cities Mission.

At the symposium, Limerick City and County Council presented an overview of the +CityxChange Demonstration Projects. The project’s systematic co-creation approach, CommuntyxChange, was presented by University of Limerick, and its alignment with the New European Bauhaus policy initiative explored. Citizen Innovation Lab Stories told by Positive Energy Champions demonstrated citizen interactions with digital tools for collaboration and project impact in Limerick. During the event the Limerick Energy Model and the Community Mapping Tool were demonstrated in the Citizens’ Observatory, and there were tours of the School of Architecture at University of Limerick’s Fab Lab Limerick.

Limerick based SME, GKinetic Energy Ltd., detailed the development of their tidal turbine where stakeholder engagement enabled by the project’s open innovation approach informed the evolution and siting of their design. IES R&D presented Limerick’s decarbonisation roadmap to 2050. This scenario was developed using the Limerick Energy Model, the Decision Support Tool and digital twin of the city created through +CityxChange.

The Cities Mission was introduced by Thomas Osdoba, coordinator of the Net Zero Cities consortium. He spoke of the potential of cross-city collaboration through a National Cities Mission Platform. Julio Lumbreras, also of Net Zero Cities, shared details of CitiES 2030, the Cities Mission Platform in Spain. This was the start of an important conversation on cross-city collaboration in Ireland.

Nuala Gallagher, Director of Planning Environment and Placemaking, Limerick City and County Council, opened the symposium. Ciarán Cuffe MEP gave a keynote address on the critical need to progress to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Borislava Woodford of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre introduced the New European Bauhaus policy initiative. There were contributions from Stephen Kinsella, Helena Fitzgerald, Tom O’Brien, Helena Kelly, Veronica Santorum, Andrew O’ Connell, Úna Walsh, Sinead Hourigan, Rosie Lynch, Merritt Bucholz, Rosie Webb, Terry Connolly, Gary Brennan, Niall Byrne, Gerard Walsh, Susan Pierce, Ciarán Hayes, Thomas Osdoba, Sabrina Dekker; Paul McGuirk; John O Neill; Julio Lumbreras and Liam Bergin. Professor Kerstin Mey, President of University of Limerick gave the closing address.

The symposium was supported by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Value and Empower strand of the National Policy on Architecture. It wished to amplify the Citizen Innovation Lab’s citizen-centric approach to innovation, which embraces the New European Bauhaus values of sustainability, beauty and inclusion. It was great to see so many people gather in Limerick’s Citizen Innovation Lab for this event.

Recordings of The Limerick Symposium – Integrating the New European Bauhaus (NEB) into Ireland’s Climate Transition are also available to view. The three panel sessions include:

  1. The New European Bauhaus policy initiative – It’s not just that we decarbonise that is important, how we do it is important too. 
  2.  The +CityxChange approach to decarbonising cities – A Limerick story of NEB before NEB.
  3. City Collaboration and the Climate Neutral Cities Mission in Ireland.

Photos courtesy of Helena Fitzgerald and Úna Walsh. 

+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!

Renewable Energy Scavenger Hunt

The Renewable Energy Scavenger Hunt was an event that was organised by Trondheim Kommune in Trondheim with a local secondary school to engage students with the themes of sustainability and energy. Seven stations that students would visit during the activity were set up. Activities at the stations included talks by guest speakers about micro grids, real-world demonstrations of renewable energy generation, ideation sessions, and various workshops on related themes. The event took place at the Sluppen City Lab, where there are plenty of examples of renewable energy generation, sharing, and smart mobility solutions for students to see and learn from. The event took place face-to-face on 28 September 2020 and involved approximatively 200 participants over 4h.

The Limerick We Want to Live In

The online event, organised by the University of Limerick, took place online in September 2020 as part of the CityEngage week and was designed to have two parts. The first part included a series of invited short talks given by representatives of the +CityxChange project (from LCCC and UL) and local communities representatives. The talks were recorded and shared on social media(via Twitter) one week before the event, to create a common ground for the discussion in the second part: a synchronous online meeting following the Open Space model. The participants proposed a number of topics for the discussion, such as: Renewable energy sources and the Georgian Limerick – How can mobility become “smart”?; Protecting habitats while introducing renewables- a better city for all beings, not only people; Planning a sustainable smart city – How can the city planning process become more participative?

Next, online rooms on each topic were opened and the participants were able to join different rooms, based on their interest in the particular topics. After 30 min, the participants returned to the main room and shared a summary of what was discussed with all the 22 participants.

Citizen Energy Monitoring Lab

Our Spanish partner Colaborativa organised an online workshop during the September 2020 CityEngage Week in Limerick for those interested to learn how to make and use open hardware home energy monitoring devices. The workshop focused on preparing the participants to start measuring energy usage in their own homes, sharing data within their community and experimenting with these devices. The event was also aimed at bringing together members of the public with an interest in potential shared uses of the data generated. The event brought together 25 participants.

+CityxChange Newsletter – April 2021

+CityxChange‘s sixth newsletter has been distributed in April 2021. Please, feel welcome to read the newsletter online here and distribute it to your network. This month’s newsletter contains the most important news and updates of the last four months from our project, focusing on how +CityxChange is entering its project implementation phase. A series of online events have been happening in our Lighthouse and Follower Cities, pushing in this way, for more co-creative solutions with their citizens. 

Further, we want to invite you to subscribe to the newsletters to not miss any project updates. 

Positive Energy Champions – Help realise Limerick’s positive energy potential!

Join a team of Limerick Positive Energy Champions by incorporating Positive Energy Actions into your daily routine for twenty weeks. A small change can have a big impact on your energy consumption, on your carbon footprint and can help create a pathway to Limerick becoming a Positive Energy City by 2050.


It can be frustrating and confusing to know what meaningful actions individuals, businesses and communities can take to combat climate change. For this reason, Limerick City and County Council and the +CityxChange team are exploring the development of a structured approach to enable Limerick to become a Positive Energy City by 2050, where individual actions can have a local and cumulative impact and contribute to measurable change.

Join Limerick’s Team of Positive Energy Champions for Twenty Weeks.

Positive Energy Champions full briefing document is available here.

Apply on Limerick City and County Council’s consultation and collaboration platform, My Point.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm Tuesday 6th April. 

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email cityxchange@limerick.ie.