Sustainable and Resource Efficient Cities - Holistic simulation and Optimization for Smart Cities
SURECITY´s mission is to support smart city level integration of policies and measures towards a low carbon energy system including mobility services, keeping sustainability goals on air quality, sustainable land-use, efficient water use, job creation and improved governance supporting to the local authorities, companies and citizens to develop and analyze sustainable energy and transport strategies and markets and also to incentivize the creation of new business models.
The SURECITY Project Consortium will develop a software platform which bridge scientific models to perform holistic and optimal assessments to design local energy and emission abatement strategies in the medium- and long-term for neighborhoods and cities and the end users, i.e. municipalities, citizens and companies, allowing to design and assess the social, technological and economic impact of measures in all major economic sectors.
Stakeholders, e.g. enterprises, municipalities and regional government, will be closely involved into the definition of requirements and functionalities of the platform to maximize the development of new services and business models including the design and assessment of policy, market measures and strategies. The SURECITY’s platform will be implemented and validated within three cities: Almada (PT), Malmö (SE) and Judenburg (AT).
The main results of SURECITY will be, for the three case-study cities: i) energy system and sustainability assessment models and approaches; ii) integrated software platform for policy support linking model outputs and GIS in a user-friendly transparent manner including explicit citizen and other stakeholders’ inputs; iii) impact assessment methodology for integrated low carbon sustainable energy and transport policies and measures, and iv) mid- and long-term city level policies and measures for the promotion of low-carbon, sustainable energy and transport. Although the models and platform will be tailored to reflect the case-study specificities, the tools and methodologies are designed to ensure that they are replicable for other cities and contexts. From the technical point of view it is expected that the strategies supported by this new platform in the three case-studies will aspire to motivate, in the mid-term (up to 2030) and long-term (up to 2050) with special, reduction of around 10- 40% on the cities energy consumption, an increase in the use of renewable energy sources (RES) of around 20-40%, the reduction of the air pollutant emissions of 20- 50%, and the decrease of fossil fuels in transport of around 10-50% from 2010 values.
Demonstrations, to test and validate this platform, will take place in three cities Almada (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden) and Judenburg (Austria). These three study cases represent an excellent set of smallmedium size standard cities which cover the entire EU geography (Northern, Central and Southern Europe). This will facilitate and maximize the impact of the activities and the knowledge transfer from this project to other European cities.