Increasing population density, lack of space, and pressure on the environment mean that European cities must deal with energy in smarter, more efficient and more sustainable ways. Within the Flemish network Smart Energy Cities, VITO is advising Ghent and other major cities on the introduction of sustainable energy.
The Flemish network Smart Energy Cities was established in the fall of 2013 within the framework of Step-Up, a cooperative venture between Ghent and the North European port cities of Glasgow, Gothenburg and Riga. The aim of the network is to stimulate the development of smart energy models. Within the Flemish network, Ghent is exchanging expertise with other major cities and has outlined a learning track. The emphasis here is not only on sustainable technology, but also on awareness-raising and transition projects for local residents.
In addition to Ghent, the pioneers within Smart Energy Cities are Antwerp, Hasselt, Genk, Courtrai, Ostend, Mechelen and Leuven: all cities that have formulated ambitious climate and energy targets in recent years. As independent adviser, VITO is helping them examine a broad range of topics: district heating models, energy maps, the approach of collective renovation campaigns, evaluating policy on passenger and freight transport …
- Consortium of 10 major Flemish cities
- Duration: November 2013 – June 2015
- Budget: € 590,000 in the STEP-UP project, a part of which is being allocated for the activities of the Smart Energy Cities Network