Low Carbon Cities for Better Living

SINFONIA (Smart INitiative of cities Fully cOmmitted to iNvest In Advanced large-scaled energy solutions) project  utilises EU funds to bolster public/private resources and provide European added value to already committed district refurbishment master plans in seven different cities in Europe. Unique cooperation between the cities is required under a single collective ambition to reduce energy needs  by means of several innovations in network infrastructures and technology interfaces.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609019



Primary energy savings
increase in the share of renewables
m² of retrofitted living surface
organisations of 7 countries

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01/06/2014 – 31/05/2019
Smart Cities
The Challenge: 

With 80% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Faced with the challenge of ensuring the quality of life of their citizens while becoming more energy efficient, cities must look at the system level and deviseintegrated urban development strategies that will make them both sustainable and better places to live.  

 SINFONIA aims at validating a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, refurbished city district model where the potential for scalability and replication by middle-sized European cities is built and validated during demonstration, based on energy technologies deployed by the two pioneer cities. This model emphasizes the role of an innovative integrated energy system approach, linking energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. In that perspective this project embraces the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade, Europe 2020, to endorse  “a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy”.

At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano (IT) and Innsbruck (AT), working hand in hand to achieve 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts. To further ensure their scalability and transferability, the models and typologies adopted will be tested and validated with all stakeholders involved – public and private, from citizens to energy regulators – not only in Innsbruck and Bolzano, but also in five ‘early adopter’ cities which are actively participating in the project including: Pafos (CY), Rosenheim (DE), Seville (ES), La Rochelle (FR)and Borås (SE).

Javier González
“More than 80% of the European population live in urban areas. Cities aquire an essential role in the transition to a low carbon economy.”
Javier González
RD+I consultant and Project coordinator of SINFONIA at Zabala, administrative and financial management.