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Murcia in the 5th European E-mobility stakeholder Forum

Murcia in the 5th European E-mobility stakeholder Forum

Murcia participated on 23 & 24 march 2017 in the 5th European E-mobility stakeholder Forum in Brussels. The City of Murcia, represented by ALEM, the Local Agency for Energy and Climate Change, was invited to participate in the session called “Local strategies and policies to support E-mobility”.

Brussels 22/23 March 2017. photos :

Brussels 22/23 March 2017. photos :

The organization recognized the great work done to develop the recent E-mobility strategy of the city of Murcia and was his author, Jaime Ruiz Huescar, the responsible of introducing it to the attendees in this session. As he stated, this strategy can be described as an innovative and integrative policy commitment that is focused on the specific needs of the citizens of Murcia and represent the most important milestone made in Murcia in terms of promoting the Electro mobility so far.

Brussels 22/23 March 2017. photos :

Brussels 22/23 March 2017. photos :

The City of Murcia has been working intensely since September 2016 in the development of this Strategy and it was in that month when the draft document was presented in a public event where many different stakeholders were called, such as car dealers, associations related to the sustainable mobility and various experts in the field. This event also meant the kick off of a participation process aimed to enrich and complete the draft document of the e-mobility strategy.

This process allowed the municipality firstly to request the collaboration of experts in sustainable mobility and the citizens of Murcia to assess the 33 measures included in the document and secondly to invite them to propose new measures and ideas for the implementation of these actions. The period of collection for contributions, their analysis and final wording of the document concluded in March 2017. The city of Murcia, through ALEM, will present in May the final document and the first measures to be implemented in order to foster and support the deploy of the electric vehicle in our city.

The 50 measures included in the strategy are the most important milestone with regards to policies of support to the electric vehicle realized until now in Murcia. Among these first measures of urgent implementation we can mention the creation of an EV charging network on the public road, the reservation of exclusive parking spaces for electric vehicles and exemption in the payment of the regulated municipal parking, measures that are already being studied by the department of Urbanism and Environment.

During this session, Jaime Ruiz also gave the key aspects of the “Roadmaps for energy” project and explained that the involvement of the Municipality in the project has triggered the development of the e-mobility strategy as the most important step taken towards smart mobility during the last years in Murcia.

How to organize the European Mobility Week

How to organize the European Mobility Week

On 20 & 21 March 2017, the City of Murcia participated in the workshops of the European Mobility Week Awards 2016 (EMW 2016). ALEM, the Local Energy and Climate Change Agency of the City of Murcia was responsible for sharing with other European cities the experience of the City on how to successfully organize the activities and events of the European Mobility Week. The European Commission engaged Murcia to be present in these workshops to provide advice and explain in detail their wide experience as organizer of the EMW editions. In this way, ALEM showed how they prepared the candidacy of Murcia to the edition of 2015, in which Murcia won the prize amongst more than 800 applications from all over Europe.

ALEM highlighted, among other aspects, the importance of organizing activities that have the citizen as the protagonist and in which people are actively involved. ALEM also pointed out that outdoor activities must be foreseen in order to enable citizens to enjoy the streets and the public space in a different and original way. During that week there are more opportunities for cycling and walking freely and you can enjoy the city in a full way leaving aside the car and the daily limitations.

EMW awards 2016- main session

The events held in the framework of these workshops also were useful to create new collaborative links between the City of Murcia and other European cities that also work intensely to place the sustainable means of transport such as the bicycle, walking or electric vehicle in the position they deserve and to guarantee the required municipal support to make them more relevant in our cities. In this regard, it should be mentioned that the Department of Urbanism and Environment has turned to support sustainable mobility by establishing important milestones such as the construction of 20km of new bike lanes In the city and the support to the electric vehicle, materialized through the creation of the Local Electric Vehicle Strategy to be presented soon.

EMW awards- Jaime Ruiz


Tallinn: Signed official statement R4E

Last 13th February 2017, Tallinn joined to the group of partners who have already signed the official statement of the R4E. There is no doubt this statement is a solid proof  through which the city of Tallinn and in this case its deputy mayor of Tallinn Arvo Sarapuu pledges to support all the actions, initiatives and projects that can derive from the roadmaps to be delivered at the end of the R4E project. This commitment is crucial to empower the outcomes of the project and guarantee that the methodology will be fruitful in the long term.

Villu Pella, Arvo Sarapuu ja Relo Ligi

The statement , that is shown below, has been signed by the mentioned representative of the Municipality of Tallinn and it includes the visions of the city for 2050, these visions represent how Tallinn should look like in that ideal scenario that has been designed by Tallinn Municipal experts, their local stakeholders and their policy makers. The visions of Tallinn include all the features, services and characteristics they have considered needed in that ideal future in which Tallinn can provide the highest standards of quality of life to its citizens within this areas.

Tallinn official statement signed- R4E

R4E Statement signed by Arvo Sarapuu, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn

ISTANBUL: Signed official statement R4E

ISTANBUL: Signed official statemet R4E

Roadmaps for Energy (R4E), in which Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) is a partner, is an European Union funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme that aims to develop a new type of energy strategy through visions and roadmaps for the 8 partner cities, in co-creation with relevant local stakeholders. The project focuses on three areas (Smart Mobility, Smart Buildings, and Smart Urban Spaces) within the domain of sustainable energy that are closely linked to the municipalities main responsibilities and each city partner has chosen 2 focus areas to work on its roadmaps depending on its objectives.

Istambul_ R4E offcial statement signature _2

Official R4E statement signature moment with Mr. Muzaffer Hacımustafaoğlu 

On February 6th, an evaluation meeting was held between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IMM) European Union Project team and  senior managers of IMM who are responsible for transportation related projects carried out by IMM. During the meeting, Smart Transportation Vision of İstanbul in 2050 was also discussed. Detailed information was provided to senior managers about the work areas of IMM in R4E Project and activities completed during the project. Views were exchanged about activities carried out throughout the project cycle and planned works in the project in the field of “Intelligent Mobility” which is selected by IMM as focus areas. Managers were informed about “Smart Public Transportation” and “Smart Traffic Management” plans and activities of IMM within the context of R4E Project.

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Istambul’s R4E Statement signed by Mr.Muzaffer Hacımustafaoğlu

At the end of the meeting, The Official Statement was signed by IMM’s Deputy Secretary General Mr. Muzaffer Hacımustafaoğlu who is in charge of deciding transportation projects in Istanbul. By signing “Official Statement”, Mr. Muzaffer Hacımustafaoğlu officially declared his support to R4E Project and stated that he will contribute to smart city studies of the project team. After his signature, R4E project team received top level manager support to R4E Project institutionally. Mr. Muzaffer Hacımustafaoğlu expressed that the works carried out within R4E Project in the field of intelligent mobility will make a significiant contribute to Smart City Vision of İstanbul. He thanked to the project team and explained that his support for such projects will continue as deputy secretary general and expressed his new project expectations from IMM project team.

Energy Certification of the “Poppy” Nursery in Palermo

Energy Certification of the “Poppy”  Nursery in PALERMO

The article describes the methodology developed to address the theme of energy efficiency in a municipal building, which is a reproducible example for the entire property estate of Municipality of Palermo. The study was carried out on a kindergarten, recurring type of construction in the municipal building park.

They started from the realization of an energetic diagnosis to the energy certification of the building, in line with the regulations in force in Italy (DM of 26/06/2015), to end with the proposition of interventions of energy efficiency to be realized on the “Poppy” nursery, located in Palermo, in the Borgo Nuovo district.

The study was carried out implementing the methodology described below consisting of the following actions:

  • an energy audit that made to understand the “state of the art” of the building, with regard to the constructive features of the “building-construction casing system”;
  • determination of primary energy requirements and corresponding CO2 emissions through the use of computerized computational models complying with UNI 11300 national standards issued in implementation of Community Directive 2002/91 / EC, also known as the EPBD Directive (” Energy Performance of Buildings Directive “) and those issued up to now;
  • energy certification of the building, culminating in the realization of the first energy plate of a communal building; first case in Palermo and one of the few in the south. This plate shows the energy class of the building and is a distinctive sign of its energy quality;
  • drafting of the energy efficiency project of the kindergarten in order to identify possible interventions to bring the building from the current class (C) to the highest efficiency class (A4). The implementation of the proposed interventions would make possible to transform the kindergarten into an almost zero energy building (NZeb). The necessary work, given the achievable energy class, could be realized using the funds provided in the “Thermal Account 2.0″, in force from May 31, 2016.

The building consists of a ground floor building with a total gross floor area of 355.72 m2, a total dispersing surface of 991.85 square meters and therefore with a shape factor equal to 0.59 1 / M. Its structure consists of a flat concrete slab covering, unobstructed masonry walls and a floor made of a lateral concrete slab on the nest. Transparent dispersing surfaces are made up of windows and window doors with a surface of approximately 60 m2, made of metal frames and single glazing with low thermal resistance.


The energy services present are: winter air conditioning, hot water production, summer air conditioning and lighting. The energy sources used are natural gas for winter air conditioning and electricity for hot water production, summer air conditioning and lighting; Part of the latter is satisfied with that one produced by a photovoltaic plant. The heating system consists of a standard base boiler with a nominal power output of 70 kW and steel radiators. The hot water generator consists of 3 electric storage boilers, with a rated load of 1.2 kW each. With regard to lighting, the census of the typologies and the number of light sources has resulted in an installed electric power of 4.32 kW. The cooling system, on the other hand, consists of 6 heat pumps, located in the most frequented environments, with cooling power ranging from 2.1 to 5.3 kW. The photovoltaic system, placed on the roof, has a power of 6 kWp.

Calculations were made for the determination of the non-renewable global energy performance index of EPgl, nn 222.5 (kWh / m²) and of the Global Energy Class, equal to C class.

At the same time, the energy diagnosis, that preceded the start of any energy efficiency project, with the acquisition and consultation of all necessary data, was carried out In order to understand how energy is used in the building and to identify any waste.

In addition to obtaining data on building envelope and air conditioning systems, all electrical equipment (fax, photocopiers, computers, etc.) and lighting fixtures have been registered, together with real energy consumptions, derived from monthly invoices for electricity and natural gas consumptions.

The set of data and information has been used to identify opportunities for building energy efficiency improvements.

The energy auditing phase ended with the analysis of  benchmarking index; this comparative benchmarking compares the energy consumption of a building with that one of similar structures, enabling evaluation of opportunities for improvement and quantifying the possibility of obtainable savings.

Subsequently, energy efficiency measures were considered, evaluating both the costs and the energy savings derived. For the choice of interventions, the critical points of the building were taken into consideration, that is, both the wrap elements and technical installations such as winter and summer air conditioning, hot water production and lighting. The following interventions have been suggested:

  • Ventilated roofing using wooden fiber insulation panels, modular scantlings (IGLOO) made of 17 cm    high plastic material, and on top a screed of lightened concrete with expanded polystyrene, 5 cm           thick. This package allows significant energy savings that would bring the thermal transmittance to     a value of 0.305 (W / m2K), lower than the legal limit, imposed by the DM. Of 26/06/2015;




  • Insulation of external masonry, carried out by applying a coat system with ventilation chimney on the          exterior, consisting of a 600 mm expanded polystyrene panel with a drilling system that            ensures the ventilation inside the insulator . The transmittance would pass from 1,024 (W / m2K) to       0.382 (W / m2K).
  • Replacement of all transparent structures with thermal cut PVC fixtures, Uw = 0,89 (W / m²K), and       double glazing with argon in the interspace (type 4-16-4), low emission, with thermal transmittance            Ug Ranging from 1.1 to 1.3 (W / m²K).

It is also expected to replace the existing boiler and individual heat pumps with a new air-to-air cooling air conditioning system for cooling and heating, consisting of a 28,00 kW cooling/cooling motor and 31.50 kW in heating and “lowered” canalized internal units for false ceiling installation. The old distribution system will not be taken into account. The plant will be sized to work for over 90% of the time at a load percentage ranging from 30% to 60%. Under these conditions, the motor-condensing unit will have an average COP and EER of more than 6.00 at nominal operating conditions.

Finally, for the needs of domestic hot water, a forced circulation system is foreseen. Consisting of a solar hot water tank with a primary circuit connected to two solar collectors. The energy collected from the solar collectors is sold through a heat exchanger to the water contained in the accumulation, while the circulation of the heat conductor is carried out by means of an electric pump controlled by an electronic control unit. The control unit stops the pump when the collector flow temperature is lower than that in the accumulator (eg during the night). In the days of no solar irradiation, the boiler ensures the supply of energy.


The total cost of the planned interventions is approximately € 86,450.00 and the EPgl index would not exceed 45,3 kWh / m2, in class A4. This value would allow access to the funding contained in the Energy Account Decree 2.0.

The economic evaluation of the energy efficiency measures was carried out by the determination of the return time (TRA), which is 8.3 years.

On our way to Smart Mobility- Tallinn

On our way to Smart Mobility- Tallinn

In 2016 three new projects co-funded by the EU were commenced that will help to further Tallinn’s ambitions in the field of Smart Mobility. These projects are NSB Core (Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme), FinEstSmartMobility (Interreg Central Baltic Programme) and FinEst Link (Interreg Central Baltic Programme).

NSB Core – North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions – is a project aimed to improve sustainable freight and passenger transport in the north-eastern region of the Baltic Sea. This in turn will ensure a better access to the region via North Sea – Baltic Corridor. The project consortium consists of 16 partners from 6 countries with an impressive number of 40 associated partners. During the project, mapping of different smart mobility concepts as well as spatial analysis for several commuting corridors will be carried out. The project underlines the need to synchronize long distance transport to urban transport systems, such as train, air and sea transport. Additionally a case study for a new tramline in Tallinn to connect the harbour to Tallinn city centre will be conducted. The project will run until 30.04.2019.

NSB Core partners- R4E TallinnNSB Core partners

FinEstSmartMobility – Old City Harbour mobility flows with smart solutions – is a smaller project with 6 project partners, including the City of Helsinki as the lead partner and City of Vantaa. The objective here is to create an interactive queue management system for heavy good vehicles (HGV) arriving in the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki. A pilot project will be implemented in Tallinn in which a parking lot outside the city centre will serve as the parking area for heavy vehicles in the queuing system. The trucks are directed to the harbour according to real-time traffic conditions and ferry timetables, which reduces parking load in the port area. The project also sees the extension of the Park & Ride scheme to the ferry passengers in order to reduce car traffic in the city centre and the harbour area. An important result will be the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Tallinn that will be developed within this project. The project ends on 31.08.2019.

Location of the HGV parking lot- R4E TallinnLocation of the HGV parking lot

FinEst Link – Finnish Estonian Transport Link – carries out a feasibility study of the Helsinki–Tallinn fixed link in 2016–2018. The feasibility study focuses on the technical, economic and business viability of the railway tunnel vision. There are 6 partners participating in the project, including the City of Helsinki. The project also helps to pave the way for deeper integration of regional economies, twin-city and regional co-operation, and for achieving better integration in the multimodal cross-border transport systems with significant impact on lowering the CO2 emissions. The project runs until 31.07.2018

Helsinki -Tallinn conection R4E project



Roadmap Workshops in Eindhoven and R4E support of Vice-Mayor

Roadmap Worshops in Eindhoven and R4E support of Vice-Mayor

On 1 and 7 December 2016, the first two R4E Roadmap Workshops took place in Eindhoven. The aim of these workshops was to complete the city specific roadmaps of Eindhoven on Smart urban spaces and on Smart mobility, by defining projects which are needed in order to bring these roadmaps to the next level. Participants of the workshops were civil servants and external stakeholders who can help in the realisation of the defined projects and/or have the specific knowledge of solutions that can help in the realisation of those projects.


While preparing the workshop the R4E team of Eindhoven realised that a lot will change in the coming years. All kinds of changes, like climate change, the transition to non-fossile fuels, demography, technology, etc., will have an impact on many elements, like on public space, mobility, and on the behaviour of travellers in choosing their mode of transport. Very important about all these changes is that they won’t take place at the same time and that we cannot foresee it if and when they will occur. This means that the design of the urban space and the space for transport as an integrated part of public space has to be flexible.

Roadmap Workshop Smart urban spaces

On the 1st of December 2016 the first Roadmap workshop of R4E took place in Eindhoven, focusing on Smart urban spaces. The “Street of the future”, a result of the changes that will take place in the future, was chosen as an inspirational image during the workshop. From the enthusiastic reactions of the workshop participants we can conclude that this image was a good choice.


During the workshop several projects and subjects were determined as key success factors in the transition to the “Street of the future”. The available space in the subsurface was mentioned as one of the challenges for now and the future. Furthermore, greening  the city is one of the solutions in order to cope with a changing climate, as well as making the city more liveable. Another important outcome is the need to create a climate resilient kit. This kit should help to make people aware of climate change and show them what they can do to make their property more resilient.

Roadmap Workshop Smart mobility

On the 7th of December 2016, the Roadmap workshop on Smart mobility was organised in Eindhoven. From the work done within R4E in the past months resulted in the desired future scenarios and shared values for Smart and Sustainable mobility in Eindhoven, which are a healthy city and region, a liveable environment, and putting the traveller at the center of the proposed solutions. This was taken as starting point for the Roadmap Worshop.


About 35 representatives from knowledge institutions, companies, groups of interest, and local, regional and national government participated actively at the workshop in four working groups:

  • Shared Smart Mobility modes
  • Data & management systems
  • Personalised services
  • Values, motives and behavioural change

Also here, the key success factors were determined for the transition of the future region and city of Eindhoven. One of the main challenges ideantified, for now and in the future, is the quality of the available space.

Signature of the ‘Offical Statement’ by Vice-Mayor

At the end of the workshop the Vice-Mayor for Mobility, Mrs. Jannie Visscher, reflected on the results of the workshop. She noticed with enthusiasm that the participants in the triple helix are very willing to cooperate in making a next effective step in realising the ambitions and solving mobility problems. She signed the ‘Official Statement’ of the R4E project, thereby expressing her support of the roadmapping process and the R4E project in general.


The next step…

During these workshops we made a first step by collecting project ideas and initiatives to start the actual work in order to reach the desired furture scenarios. At the end, this will flow over into the following phase of the R4E project: the Project Portfolio.

R4E project meeting. TALLINN

R4E Project meeting. TALLINN. 14th december, 2016.

Following the plan for the R4E project, next official project meeting will be held in Tallinn next 14th december, 2016. The steering committee meeting will take place in the same date as the dissemination event called “Vision conference. Smart Tallinn in 2050″ already announced, although in the afternoon so that all R4E partners can attend the dissemination event. This R4E project meeting will be a great opportunity to check the progress of the project, review all the actions that have been done since the last meeting and share debate all the communication and dissemination actions performed in this last period.  As one of the most importantn points in this meeting agenda, partners will also be informed about about next steps within the workpackages 3,4 and 5 referred to the roadmapping methodology.


The Tallinn Municipality will make use of this opportunity to offer the rest of the partners a study visit on Smart Mobility and Smart Buildings topics in the city. That way, all partners will visit the Traffic Control Centre of Tallinn and also a deeply renovated apartment house with the lastest technologies in metering energy and ICT’s.


Traffic Control Centre of Tallinn

Dissemination event of R4E in Tallinn, 14th december, 2016

Dissemination event of R4E in Tallinn, 14th december, 2016.

Next 14th december, 2016 will take place in Tallinn the next dissemination event of the project. The event is being organized to be of interest to many different local and international actors involved to the Smart Building and Smart Mobility focus areas. The event will consists of a Conference where different responsibles of the Municipality of Tallinn will explain which steps are going to be taken in order to start making progresses on the fields of Smart Buildings and Smart Mobility in accordance to what has been agreed within the R4E project. Besides, very interesting information regarding the background of Tallinn about these topics,  and the current context of the city will also be detailed.

Specific information of the Convenant of Mayors and the SUMP, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Tallinn, will be shown and discussed due to their close linkeage with the actions and projects that will be triggered by the R4E.  One of the key aspects of the R4E project is its innovative approach, that has taken into account the importance of the participation and involvement of local stakeholders to identify the needs that must be covered in our cities and the solutions and technology to use, on that ground, the Municipality of Tallinn has invited a large amount of relevant stakeholders to enrich the event, create synergies and stablish new collaborative relationships.

The Deputy Mayor Arvo Sarapuu and the Vice-Chairman for City Council Lauri Laats will be in charge of the openning of the event. The introduction of the project will be done by Triin Sakermaa and in the Smart Buildings session will participate: Villu Pella, from the Tallinn Energy Agency, Andres Jaadla, ambassador of the Covenant of Mayors, Mikk Maivel from State Real Estate Ltd. With respecto to Smart mobility session, Jaagup Ainsalu from the Tallinn Transport Department, Jaak Aadam Looveer from the Tallinn City Planning Department and finally Pille Arjakas that will moderate the debate after the presentations. The agenda is shown below:

vision-conference-tallinn-r4eYou can click here to get the link in Estonian.

R4E in the Smart City Expo & World Congress. Barcelona, 14th-17th Nov, 2016

R4E in the Smart City Expo & World Congress. Barcelona.

The Smart City Expo World Congress is the worldwide leading event for #smartcities. This year it brought together 600 cities, 590 exhibitors, more than 400 speakers and 50+ side events and activities. This Congress is the reference one in Europe regarding smart Cities and has covered a wide range of topics about the smart city development and how its evolution is expected.

Smart City Expo World Congress is a 3 day event being held from 15th November to the 17th November 2016 at the Gran Via Exhibition Centre in Barcelona, Spain. This event is a grand show of its kind which has had many companies on the same platform who has facilitated the opportunity to display all their goods and services from the related sector. In 2016 SCEWC wants to continue the great debates about the future of cities and encourage discussion among participants in the industry in a more thorough manner, echoing the concerns and recommendations from the outcomes. In addition, the event has reinforced the new trends in collaborative economy and commons, energy innovation, sustainable mobility, co-production and co-creation dynamics, as well as discuss the important topic of open data or identify opportunities for improvement in education, health or aging populations.

Due to its relevance, the city of Eindhoven, as coordinator of the R4E project has managed to include the presentation of the project in one of the sessions of the Congress, in particular,“Solutions to measure city performance and achieve collaborative governance”. Representing the consortium ,as communication and dissemination corrdinator, the city of Murcia introduced the project and its main feautures and goals, taking part in a short debate after the round of presentations.

r4e-smart-city-expo-world-congress-jaime-ruiz-huescarJaime Ruiz Huescar from the Murcia City Council presenting the project in the session. 

Below is shown the whole presentation of the project:

r4e-smart-city-congressThe pannelist of the session took part in a short round of open questions .

To get access to the whole photo gallery of the event click here.

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