MOMENTUM: Moving smart policies needs towards low carbon historic urban main centres

Interreg Europe - Objective 4.1: Improving natural and cultural heritage policies
Local / regional authorities or other organisations in charge of defining and implementing regional policy instruments only from scandinavian countries and baltic countries. 
MOMENTUM has selected partners during the project preparation phase representing different climate zones and economic prospects, and levels of experiences: Hartberg (Austria), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Vidin (Bulgaria).

The MOMENTUM project aims to establish an open data energy management system (1) for energy efficiency and (2) use of renewables in historical urban centres that demonstrates smart city concepts by highlighting innovative policies, programmes and projects that overcome the complex barriers to integrated, holistic low carbon developments and the use of renewables to historical urban centres. The project will show that through energy management systems, engaging of corresponding stakeholders and providing supportive policy frameworks, it is possible to bring advanced energy solutions to intended low carbon districts.

 

The main objective of MOMENTUM project is to improve existing policy instruments in each country through the development of an Action Plan for each of the participating historical urban centres, to implement energy management systems into smart city test beds for increasing (1) energy efficiency and (2) the share of renewables, which require integrated action with multiple stakeholders.

 

The project’s sub-objectives are:

 

·         To influence regional development and urban planning towards a low carbon economy;

·         To prepare strategies and guidance for supporting the implementation of low carbon policy measures for historical urban districts;

·         To exchange experiences and find joint solutions for the creation of open data energy management systems in historical centres;

·         To increase the energy performance of buildings through improved efficiency and integration of renewables;

·         To foster the efficient use of (renewable) energy sources for heating & cooling by influencing the user behaviour and acceptance;

·         To raise the energy awareness for historical urban districts and its multiplication potential;

·         To support regional growth and job creation through the education of professionals in fields of energy managements systems and renewables;

·         To monitor progress in the implementation of low carbon policy measures.

Urban areas developing and designing low energy districts are facing interdisciplinary challenges to achieve EU 2030 targets. Specific urban areas with listed buildings are foreseen to be refurbished. Related sustainable objectives are only achievable with better interactions between all relevant actors apart from finding the right (co-)financing sources.

All participating urban areas like to set-up viable symbiosis of sustainable energy and high quality living areas. Jointly appropriate solutions are found via corresponding initiatives and methods by cooperating with related stakeholders and innovative consultants. They need instruments allowing active market appraisals, progress monitoring, evaluating realisations and long-term strategies.

Regional strategies and MOMENTUM action plans are developed based on the exchange of experience with EU project partners and consultations. MOMENTUM will include improving adaptations of renewal programmes and policies via involved regional authorities.

Focus of MOMENTUM is clarifying how the urban areas to be developed can serve as inspiration for future low energy district developments in the participating historical inner cities and surrounding regions. The project partners will make particular efforts to involve the local economy and SMEs in the smart city implementation. Market dialogues with main stakeholders are one key issue to allow future interventions to develop and transform these urban areas into municipal low energy market places. Initiatives will be set-up to turn these urban areas into sustainable showrooms by opening up the development through inclusion of stakeholders, exchange of experiments and pop-up operations. The urban areas serve as service centres, test platforms and viable hubs. Activities and main outputs (MO) are as follows:

Interregional learning by meeting key local personnel and decision makers, by establishing a culture of collaboration and common understanding about good practice and by identifying barriers to innovation for urban areas. MO: Survey about initial site visits and reports on favourable market conditions.

Consultations and thematic workshops with regional stakeholders to verify main findings of document analyses and site visits, to analyse pathways of technology diffusions and to better understand embedded conditions for smart and clean urban developments and attractive business opportunities for SMEs. Public perceptions of end-users will be analysed incl. social and institutional impacts. MO: Market dialogue reports per region.

Peer reviews with European partners will be performed through interviews and informal hearings by following a consultations plan clearly setting out the issues to be debated via questionnaires. Hearings will be organised in all urban areas by using manifold stakeholder constellations. MO: Consultation of international stakeholders (incl. twin cities).

Joint development of MOMENTUM’s strategies will be elaborated taking into account all findings from previous stages and summarise it per region. MO: Local implementation of the action plan.

MOMENTUM’s replication platform will be established and managed by the consortium of by reviewing PROs and CONs of different policy instrument options within the given interregional frames and by determining public risk perception according to identified acceptability attributes. MO: Set up and maintain MOMENTUM’s policy hub.

MOMENTUM has selected partners during the project preparation phase representing different climate zones and economic prospects, and levels of experiences: Hartberg (Austria), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Vidin (Bulgaria).
Local / regional authorities or other organisations in charge of defining and implementing regional policy instruments only from scandinavian countries and baltic countries. 
Charis TheocharousCharis.Theocharous@nicosiamunicipality.org.cy