ESI-8: REMOURBAN

Towards smarter and more sustainable cities: the REMOURBAN model

REMOURBAN is leading its main effort leveraging the convergence area among energy, mobility and ICTs in cities, where the potential to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits is very high. 




“REMOURBAN is an European project whose main objective is the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid-Spain, Not-tingham-UK and Tepebasi/Eskisehir-Turkey) of a sustainable urban regeneration model that lever-ages the convergence area of the energy, mobili-ty and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the de-ployment of innovative technologies, organiza-tional and economic solutions to significantly in-crease resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and drasti-cally reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.

“REMOURBAN is an European project whose main objective is the development and validation in three lighthouse cities (Valladolid-Spain, Not-tingham-UK and Tepebasi/Eskisehir-Turkey) of a sustainable urban regeneration model that lever-ages the convergence area of the energy, mobili-ty and ICT sectors in order to accelerate the de-ployment of innovative technologies, organiza-tional and economic solutions to significantly in-crease resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of urban transport and drasti-cally reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.

For developing this model, REMOURBAN is implementing several strategies at city level based on:

1) Creation of a holistic catalogue of innovative technologies and solutions, focused on energy (building and district refurbishment interventions), mobility (sustainable transporta-tion strategies) and ICTs (smart grids and city information platforms), whose potential and cost-effectiveness will favor the replicability.

2) Identi-fication and overcome of non-technical barriers, by addressing strategies for optimizing the regu-latory frameworks, enhancing the innovative public procurement procedures and promoting the concept of smart city and its social ac-ceptance.

3) Development of new integrated business models, oriented at the creation of a European market for innovation, by offering tech-nology solutions to economies of scale and by generating strategies for a smart combination of investments and reduction of risks.

4) Definition of a complete evaluation procedure using both sustainability and smartness indicators, in order to assess, in an integrated way, the impact of the foreseen interventions and the most significant aspects from the sustainability point of view.



This urban renovation strategy is focused on the citi-zens, where they become the cornerstones to making a smart city a reality For this reason, citi-zens are being actively engaged in REMOUR-BAN and the population awareness about ener-gy and environmental impact of their daily activi-ties are increased. In order to ensure the useful-ness and high replication of the REMOURBAN project at European level, the sustainable urban regeneration model is aimed at the decision makers, investors, public administrations and the industrial sector. Furthermore, in order to ensure this replicability, two follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary) are involved in the project so they can apply the developed model once it is validated.



The project will allow demonstrating that, by means of improving the current conditions of a city, it is possible to achieve low energy districts and more sustaina-ble urban transport, as well as to perceive a greater quality of life. REMOURBAN, thus, will focus on improving the energy efficiency, reduc-tion of GHG emissions, refurbishment of districts, transport sustainability, access to urban infor-mation and citizen engagement. A big impact across Europe is intended to be achieved by the REMOURBAN project results at European level, showing the model for sustainable urban regen-eration can be easily applied and replicated. With the aim at maximizing the impact of the pro-ject results, REMOURBAN is deploying a power-ful communication and dissemination plan that integrates a citizen engagement strategy and has started to disseminate the benefits of the project to a wide variety of audiences.