European cities serving as Green Urban Gate towards Leadership in sustainable Energy (EU-GUGLE)


EU-GUGLE - Sustainable renovation models for smarter cities

The EU-GUGLE (“European cities serving as Green Urban Gate towards Leadership in sustainable Energy”) project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020. Over the 5 years of the projects, the cities of Vienna (AT), Aachen (DE), Milan (IT), Sestao (ES), Tampere (FI), Bratislava (SK), Gothenburg (SE) and Gaziantep (TR) will join efforts to combine the latest research results relevant to smart renovation of groups of buildings at district level and use this knowledge to renovate 260,000m² of living space.

By implementing a balanced mix of technical, socio-economic and financial solutions adapted to local needs, the participating cities aim to achieve 40 to 80% primary energy savings per pilot district while increasing the share of renewable energy sources by 25% by the end of the project. The main output will be the integration of the results into comprehensive “smart renovation strategies” easily transposable to other municipalities.

EU-GUGLE is co-financed by the European Commission as part of the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative, and funded under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Innovation. It is co-ordinated by CENER, Spain’s National Centre for Renewable Energies. It has a total budget of 30.5 million euros (EC contributes to 16.7 million) and will run for five years, until 2018. It has 21 partners (governments, universities, technology centres and companies) from seven European countries.

The idea explained by CENER in a statement is the following, "the project consists into applying different technologies and strategies for reducing energy consumption in buildings within each pilot project, based on their socio-economic and climate conditions, sharing analysis methodologies, technical solutions, activities developed with users, etc ". In short, "the aim is to figure out what is the most efficient and, therefore, the best solution in terms of cost and effectiveness ratio for the current transformation of cities into more healthy and low carbon emissions urban centres", it concludes.

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02-03-2014

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