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iURBAN project presented at the Major Cities of Europe Annual Conference in Florence

Location: italy, Florence
Date: 5th June 2016

Under the name "City Renaissance in the Digital Age" the conference was held in Florence, Italy from 30.05. - 1.6. 2016. bringing together ICT experts, representatives of business and academic communities and local government representatives from more than 50 European cities in order share ideas, strategies , best cases and to learn from practical experiences of CIOs from innovative cities.

The topics were related to ICT and their key role in the transformation processes, new models of work and management of complex systems in the cities:
• Citizens participation,
• Government in the Cloud,
• Internet of things,
• E-Government & Digital Transformation,
• Safety & Security,
• Smart Education,
• e-Health / e-Care,
• Tomorrow Is Only a Day Away

The Conference was attended by the Mayor of Rijeka Mr. Vojko Obersnel who met the Mayor of Florence Mr. Dario Nardella and other local government leaders and they shared experiences on building smart innovative cities and discussed implementation of smart city projects to respond to social, economic and environmental challenges.

The programme also included major ICT providers presenting study cases, elevator pitches from innovative start-ups and presentations and workshops about the results of relevant EU projects.

Last day of the conference within the part of the program intended for innovative projects in the field of ICT Tatjana Perše, Head of e-Government, City of Rijeka and the iURBAN dissemination leader delivered a presentation of the iURBAN project and its results in Rijeka so far.
iURBAN was also represented at the exhibition area of the conference called EU corner among other 11 EU projects.

Sofia Aivalioti, the Chair of iURBAN Smart City Advisory Group took this opportunity to meet participants of other EU projects and to inform them about the Europe-wide survey done as part of iURBAN.

The survey focused on addressing the broad question "Who should operate our Smart Energy City?" and managed to gather the opinions of 167 relevant experts, the majority of whom actually work within the four sectors which are often seen as most likely to play a leading role in Smart Energy City development.

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EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia held a workshop with representatives of the Plovdiv Municipality within the iURBAN project

Location: Bulgaria, Plovdiv
Date: 27.04.2016

On 27 April 2016, EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia held a joint workshop with representatives of the Plovdiv Municipality on the topic “Smart technologies for smart cities” as part of the iURBAN project. Mrs. Jeannette Stoitscheva, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia opened the event, welcomed the guests and expressed gratitude to the Municipality for taking part in the project with several public buildings.

During the meeting, held at Boris Hristov Hall, EVN experts presented the development and the results of the iURBAN project. The iURBAN software platforms (both for end-users and for utility and public administration) were explained to the municipality representatives. The outcomes of the project with the direct advantages for the city of Plovdiv were highlighted. The feedback from the customer engagement process as well as the benefits of such energy management system have been discussed between the experts from the two organisations.

The workshop continued with other topics where the municipal authorities and the utilities could partner in implementation of smart technologies for a smarter city. Integration of new techniques for reconstruction of the vertical heating systems in the buildings into horizontal once and their benefits for the users was presented. Then followed a discussion about the master plan for development of the electricity distribution grid in Plovdiv in parallel to the development of the city economy. The workshop concluded with a presentation of possible joint innovation projects between the utility company and the municipality and funding possibilities. Again central role of the Green Digital Charter was placed as the Plovdiv municipality was reminded once again about the options which the initiative gives.

The workshop was attended by experts and managers from EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsa, EVN Bulgaria Elektrorazpredelenie and EVN Service Center. The Municipality of Plovdiv was represented by Mr. Stephan Stoyanov (Vice-Mayor), Mr. Kaloyan Georgiev (Vice-Mayor – North District) and experts.

The workshop was organised as part of Task 7.8 Consumer and Municipal Engagement led by EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia.

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Final iURBAN Workshops in Rijeka and Plovdiv in April 2016

Location: Bulgaria, Plovdiv - Croatia, Rijeka
Date: 15.04.2016

Mid April, iURBAN partners invited Plovdiv and Rijeka citizens and organisations to report their stories of what iURBAN means to them. For a period of 6 months, residential users were being equipped with a software tool to monitor energy consumption (Rijeka and Plovdiv) and to participate in demand response programmes for peak load shaving (Rijeka). Public users and companies were equipped with software solutions to monitor production and consumption and to review energy management for various buildings.
In an open discussions, users reported their experience and suggestions for further improvement. Here are some examples of what users had to say:
The municipality of Rijeka: The project allows the momentary defining of consumption and faster detection of problems, and thus faster accession to the elimination of the same.
Tracking consumption itself allows correction of our behavior as the end user in order to reduce energy consumption.
Sports facility: I use the system. It is transparent and all the feedback data are provided. It also provides successful control of the consumption of energy, so I  can react promptly in case of any significant deviation from the normal, everyday consumption.
Residential user: I was pleased with the level of temperature control from a remote place and and I regularly used that possibility. The control system was working as expected.
During the test period there were a lot of technical flaws to application that were promptly dealed with due to the excellent response of the “support”.
Residential User: I have not been using the software, because of problem using the computer.
You are interested in more results? The complete analysis will be available in July 2016.
Author: Kristin Goldbach, Fraunhofer ISE – Working group: User behaviour and field trials

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iURBAN project is showcased in the Green Digital Charter collection of best practices

Date: 09.03.2016

This publication gathers implemented actions associated with green digital developments and planned actions in key policy domains.
Innovative solutions related to buildings, energy, green ICT, street lighting, transport, e-participation, waste management, and cross-domain are presented.
Each city profile includes relevant web links and contact information.

The Green Digital Charter is a political declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives
through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). It promotes progress in tackling climate change and improving
the quality of life in cities through the innovative use of digital technologies. In addition to a range of statements and objectives, the
charter contains three specific commitments. Signatory cities agree to:

•    work with other Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT and energy efficiency
•    deploy five large-scale ICT for energy efficiency pilots per city within five years from the charter’s signature
•    decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within ten years from signature
•    Already signed by 50 major European cities, the charter is open to local authorities regardless of the stage of
•    implementation of their
•    energy and climate policies.

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For more information on the Green Digital Charter:
Green Digital Charter collection of best practices:

iURBAN project will be presented at the 9th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’16)

Location:Germany, Frankfurt
Date: 16-18.03.2016

Goelz Sebastian and Kristin Goldbach from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany) have submitted an abstract for presentation and proceedings under a name :
Gölz and Goldbach, 2016: Increase of efficiency impacts by goal-orientation-based user segmentation

Sebastian Gölz will be presenting on the 18 March, 2pm (Session 11.a Monitoring III).


Urban areas are a key destination to reduce CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner. To enhance building energy performances at district and urban level the EU-funded project iURBAN tests an ICT tool which addresses increasing market demands for cheaper, cleaner energy services by targeting on behavioral change. While previous interventions report challenges to motivate users to engage actively, this paper presents research on the psychological factors to address users according to their prevalent goals. As goals are considered an important predictor and thus motivator of behaviour, this research identifies specific goals for two consumer segments. Empirical evidence draws on six lead user focus group discussions in the two European cities, Rijeka (Croatia) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria). We conclude that the two segments carry a set of multiple and different goals towards smart energy tool usage. The energy citizen persona which is highly motivated and interested to save energy can be engaged by approaching the goals: learning, mastery, energy savings, financial savings and control. In contrast, the energy consumer, who lacks general interest and responsibility, will participate if financial rewards, guidance and user-friendly tools are provided. The paper discusses the empirical data with strategies to integrate the social scientific findings with technological solutions to provide personalised approaches for behavioural change.

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