Energy Commissioner Mr. Maroš Šefčovič visits Smart City Umeå

30 March 2017

Vice-President of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič visited the city of Umeå (Sweden) on 31 March. The Region Västerbotten and the city of Umeå hosted the visit, which focused on smart energy solutions and Europe’s potential for moving away from fossil fuels.

The Vice-President kicked off the discussion with some explanations about the added value of a European approach to energy: "In order to meet our energy demands, be globally competitive, but at the same time take care of our climate and environment, we need a European approach" – he said.

Carina Aschan, RUGGEDISED project manager for the city, presented Umeå's role as lighthouse city. Smart city thinking is at the core of the City of Umeå’s overall vision of continued social, economic and environmental sustainable growth.

RUGGEDISED will facilitate a unified ‘smart district’, which is underpinned by planned regeneration and new developments, smart city capabilities and committed public and private sector investments. The ‘smartdistrict’ situated immediately to the east of Umeå city centre in the University city area, including a mix of residential, academic and research facilities from two universities, a regional hospital, and community, recreational and commercial buildings.

Find out more with Elin Pietroni, Head of comprehensive planning of the city of Umeå.


23 March 2017

In their efforts to deliver and replicate Smart City solutions, the EU’s nine Lighthouse projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto in Nottingham (UK) on March 23. Albert Engels from the city of Rotterdam signed the Cooperation Manifesto as coordinator of the RUGGEDISED project.

The Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects are funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with the aim of bringing together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs.

Since 2014, a total of 9 projects have been funded and are currently on-going from 3 different calls, being all them driven by the same challenges that EU cities are facing to ensure secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility and smart tools and services, always showcasing their economic viability towards ensuring their replication potential in other cities. RUGGEDISED is part of these 9 projects that represent together a total of 27 lighthouse cities and 30 follower cities, working to demonstrate these processes, technologies and business models to transform their ecosystems into smarter and more sustainable places.

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Gavin Slater presenting Glasgow's "Smart Street" at Scottish Renewables conference

22 March 2017

Speaking at the opening of the Scottish Renewables conference on March 22, RUGGEDISED project manager for the city of Glasgow, Gavin Slater, introduced the ‘Smart Street’ to an audience of over 250 delegates.

The conference offered presentations from experts, experiences from different cities and interactive discussions on energy transformation with city planners, civic leaders and technology officials from around the world.

The ‘Smart Street’, which will be developed as part of the Ruggedised project, incorporates a range of renewable energy features, such as, an innovative roof-mounted solar canopy, ducted wind turbines, and smart street lighting.

Located in the city centre along a section of George Street and Duke Street, the ‘Smart Street’ will seek to address some of the challenges Glasgow faces from ageing infrastructure, fuel poverty and air pollution; by integrating planned regeneration and development with smart city capabilities. Glasgow aims to be a leading city for renewable technology, and the ‘Smart Street’ is one of a number of initiatives it is using to forge a transformation to smarter, safer city.

Speaking during an interview at the project kick-off meeting, Gavin Slater said: “RUGGEDISED represents a real opportunity to disrupt the status quo, to change the way energy is delivered and create a real legacy of change.”

Find out more with Gavin Slater's interview at the project launch.

Mumbai delegation visits RUGGEDISED lighthouse city Rotterdam

20 March 2017

A 14-member Indian delegation from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad were on a week-long visit to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona, to examine smart city and urban planning developments in Europe and share their experience with relevant experts.

“This is a unique opportunity to examine first-hand the latest urban developments in Europe and relate them to India and also to identify topics and ways for future cooperation,” B. Anand, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development.

RUGGEDISED project coordinator, Albert Engels, presented Rotterdam's leading role as a lighthouse city and the planned smart solutions implementation in the "Heart of South" district.

Through RUGGEDISED the Heart of South district will undergo a serious transition in the upcoming years. The city of Rotterdam will prepare the district for the future with the aim to achieve maximum energy efficiency and CO2 reduction while simultaneously looking to have a major social economic impact in terms of job creation, levels of participation of citizens and quality of life.

Find out more about the RUGGEDISED project in Rotterdam with Albert Engels interview during the project launch.