• 14 Nov 2018

    Urban Innovative Actions: 23 projects to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges

    23 projects have been selected as part of the 3rd call of the Urban Innovative Actions. Many of them are led by Covenant cities. They are addressing urban challenges that are linked to the Covenant of Mayors objectives.

    Decarbonising energy

    Breda, in the Netherlands, is leading the AirQon project aimed at substituting diesel generators with an energy supply system based on electric vehicle batteries to provide off-grid energy for outdoor festivals and events. This is supported by societal innovation: building up and managing a community of electric vehicle owners willing to fuel open-air events with clean electricity. Demand and supply will be matched through an online platform and mutually beneficial incentive schemes.

    Adaptating to climate change

    The GBG_AS2C project will address the heat island effects in the City of Barcelona and prepare the city to face predicted increasingly high temperatures in summer, by transforming 10 pilot schools into climatic shelters. The project will implement a package ofmeasures designed through a participatory process, introducing blue (aquatics playgrounds), green (greening playgrounds) and grey (traditional) components in schools in order to convert them into climatic shelters, not only for students but also for summer school camps and all citizens, as a refreshing and shaded leisure facility.

    Paris’ OASIS project aims to create a new solution to design and transform urban spaces to adapt to climate change effects. 10 pilot school playgrounds across the city of Paris will be converted into cool islands using a combination of innovative technical and nature-based solutions. Each playground will be transformed following a comprehensive co-design approach with pupils and educational communities. The project ambition is to contribute to address health risks associated with heatwaves while fostering social cohesion at neighbourhood level.

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    Alleviating energy poverty

    The E-Co-Housing project in Budapest aims to demonstrate that it is possible to create a model combining social co-housing with the highest standards for energy efficiency and smart IoT solutions. A strong and structured co-design process will involve since the beginning potential residents in the transformation of a brownfield site into a net-zero energy multi-story prefabricated modular construction with 35 units of different sizes. While the project will test new techniques to ensure low construction costs, a set of actions will be experimented in order to empower the inhabitants with the aim to create the basis for a regenerative social co-housing community.

    In the Belgian city of Ghent, the ICCARus project has the aim to renovate 100 houses of captive residents (people who live in poor quality houses and who do not have the means and social skills to renovate them). To do so, the project will create, shape and test a revolving fund based on the principle of subsidy retention to make the renovations possible for this low income target group. The financial contribution to target households will return to the fund when the building is alienated. At that point, the fund will gain not only the net amount that was let but also part of the real estate value increase after the intervention. This way, the public finance is not only spent for a limited number of people, but can be used over and over again, triggering future “waves” of renovation.


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