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Palermo Vision Development 2050

Vision development for Palermo 2050

The R4E project has completed the “Vision development” stage, which consisted of designing the services and characteristics that our cities should offer in the year 2050, based on the opinions and contributions of municipal experts of each city, their stakeholders, politicians and municipal managers. To better illustrate the process, images have been created that reflect the way our cities could look in 2050, including the services and characteristics agreed upon in the workshops for each of the project’s focus areas.


In 2050, the city of Palermo values smart, ecological buildings, spaces and mobility. Palermo values being a social harbour, open and friendly to all, as well as a cultural harbour, enriching people’s lives and helping to make good citizenship and sustainable behaviour second nature for everyone.

Innovation and new technologies are embraced to become energy-neutral. Circular systems are implemented to enable sustainable behaviour and businesses. There is an integrated, connected, wireless data and energy network and a green mobility network connects the city and its various centres.

The core of city life is the people of Palermo, with their social interactions and their enjoyment of the city’s buildings, spaces and cultural features. Technological solutions are demand-driven and can be personally adjusted. Cultural exchanges enrich people’s lives in the city.


What characterises the city of Palermo in the focus areas of Smart Buildings and Smart Mobility and the elements of the desired future scenario are:

1. A social harbour

Palermo is an open and friendly city, welcoming to all, while retaining its unique characters. A city for the people, that is lighter, in the sense of fewer cars, less pollution and lower noise. With buildings and spaces that are comfortable for people and that exploit Palermo’s beauty, with its attractive views and sound scape.

2. A cultural harbour

Palermo cherishes its historical city centre and cultural heritage. These are enriched by new technologies and innovation to to create comfortable, energy-efficient housing and neighbourhoods. Innovative solutions are used to maintain historical buildings and to make them energy efficient. (Re-) location of public service buildings and re-purposing of old buildings supports sustainable living.

3. Circularity

Palermo greatly values new technologies as a means to become an energy-efficient and circular city. Especially in the outlying areas, new technologies are used for energy generation, storage and charging of ‘sweet mobility’ solutions. Circular systems are used, for example for food: from urban farming, markets, joint cooking and enjoying local food, as well as organic waste recycling. Or for the business of natural materials: from green roofs, natural materials for isolation, local entrepreneurship in printing isolation materials from waste of local food production. School buildings serve as demonstrators of new solutions and behavioural change.

4. An integrated, connected, wireless data and energy network

The city of Palermo is connected and accessible through a network of infrastructure for energy systems and open data. An energy network connecting the whole city based on renewable energy sources ensures energy-neutrality at city level. Energy production (PV, buildings), storage (cars and batteries) and usage (where needed) are balanced through the

network. Open data is the norm, and enables new entrepreneurship based on services for people. The connected data is valued by citizens because of the improved affordable and reliable information on mobility and public transport. Citizens support this principle of data sharing by providing access to their own data. The connected data is valued by information management experts for the interconnection of mobility modes and the integration with other functionalities, such as measuring air quality, pollution or congestion

5. City for the people of Palermo

The heart of the city of Palermo are its people, enjoying social interactions and the city’s buildings and spaces. These spaces have been given back to the people, so they can enjoy them in comfort and safety. Children can play outdoors, and can walk to school. The urban space is used by citizens, developing cultural activities and by local entrepreneurs to create awareness and change. Tourists also value the city’s cultural history, which they can experience both physically and virtually.

6. A green mobility network

The city of Palermo has been (re-)designed with a green mobility network, connecting the city and its various centres, adding value to the poly-centric city and integrating the qualities of the different areas into a harmonious whole. The Golden Valley 2.0 connects green roofs and walking areas to make walking and biking into obvious choices for people. All areas are easily accessible and safe, with a closely-knit transport network throughout the city.

7. “Sweet and green” mobility

A range of mobility solutions provide a dense network of mobility modes. This demand-driven diversity includes walking, bike, scooter, and car sharing, as well as tram metro connections to the outlying areas. Individual solutions are accessible and affordable for all, supported by local entrepreneurs, new business models and both public private investments.

8. Sea motorway and central distribution centre

Palermo is a capital city and an important sea port which serves as a logistics and transport hub, connecting the hinterland with other Italian cities. The sea will be further exploited as a mobility option to reduce traffic volumes on the roads, with a logistics platform based on new technologies. Good transport management also allows smaller-scale ecological solutions, such as smart individual delivery of (personal) goods in the city.

All these ideas and input have emerged from the participatory workshops that have taken place in the city of Palermo and whose images can be seen below:



Murcia Vision Development 2050

Vision development for Murcia 2050

The R4E project has completed the “Vision development” stage, which consisted of designing the services and characteristics that our cities should offer in the year 2050, based on the opinions and contributions of municipal experts of each city, their stakeholders, politicians and municipal managers. To better illustrate the process, images have been created that reflect the way our cities could look in 2050, including the services and characteristics agreed upon in the workshops for each of the project’s focus areas.


In 2050, the people of Murcia enjoy buildings that proactively adjust to their changing needs. Through profiles based on the expected use (presence and activities) and external factors (weather, season etc.), buildings actively choose the optimum energy settings to maximise comfort for users.

The buildings are interconnected by a telemanagement system that enables sharing of energy and resources. This makes a big contribution to users’ comfort and convenience, both inside and outside the buildings.

Murcia achieved a position among Europe’s top ‘clean & green’ cities by green urban planning that values CO2-neutral energy-producing buildings. The buildings use renewable energy sources and have a low impact on nature, both during construction and in everyday use.


What characterises the city of Murcia in the focus areas of Smart Mobility and Smart Buildings and the elements of the desired future scenario are:

1. A flexible use of buildings

The buildings in Murcia facilitate highly flexible use, for different users, different activities and in different seasons. Walls, installations and furniture can be rearranged easily — for example using flexible partitioners, changeable windows or ‘floating’ desks. Standardised protocols enable roaming profiles for user settings in the virtual space. Smart management systems support effective and efficient use of the workspaces.

2. Enhancing working & family life

The buildings recognise people and can adapt to their personal preferences and habits by providing the desired atmosphere and climate settings. Homes cater for teleworking and remote healthcare through good connectivity and smart appliances. Use of the latest technologies facilitates a whole range of other activities — for example using augmented reality for easy enjoyable shopping, navigation and other everyday tasks.

3. ‘Green’ buildings technologies

The latest technologies are used in the buildings for easy energy saving, generation and storage. Examples are the use of energy-absorbing materials, and light tubes to bring daylight into the heart of the building. The buildings are climate-proof, so they can absorb heavy rain showers. And they are resistant to earth-quakes through the use of innovative solutions like flexible materials and active bumpers. Wireless networks are used to charge energy-efficient appliances.

4. Learning buildings

The buildings are interconnected: not only do they learn during use, but they can also share their learnings. The use of all utilities (energy, water, waste and other resources) is monitored. Patterns of use are recognised so upcoming activities can be anticipated, providing maximum comfort for users. This active data sharing allows the buildings to learn from each other, providing maximum user comfort at the lowest energy consumption.

5. Master Intelligent System

Murcia’s Master Intelligent System uses open data and standard protocols all over the city, providing new services on an open platform. People can easily access and connect to the platform, wherever they are. Energy supply and demand are matched — and legally embedded — in the central system. The focus is on the users’ needs, with priority for emergency services when necessary. Energy can be exchanged freely between users, appliances, vehicles and buildings.



In 2050, people in the Murcia region enjoy a safe and clean city, with green and healthy areas and safe and clean mobility solutions. Personal mobility needs are met and healthy mobility, such as walking and cycling, co-exists in harmony with other safe, clean forms of (shared) mobility. The public transport system is clean and effective throughout the city region, with ‘one-click’ accessibility enabled by a master intelligent system.

The design of public space and services and the availability of a wide range of mobility options ‘nudges’ people towards more sustainable and healthy lifestyles. The flexibility of personal choices is met by a system of different, interconnecting mobility modes, reflecting the differences in needs and possible solutions throughout the city and region. Urban spaces are designed with a focus on people. Those from the outlying areas and visitors are provided with clean, fast accessibility to the city centre. It is easy for people to move around near the centre with services to meet their daily needs. The down-town area is a safe and pleasant place for pedestrians.

1. All people’s avenue

The down-town area is a safe and pleasant place for pedestrians. Public spaces are designed for them and traffic is restricted to emergencies, residents and public services. Urban spaces such as an ‘all people’s avenue’ are pleasant, comfortable, quiet, green, shady and accessible for all. These spaces are shared with bikes and one-person e-cars.

2. Urban liveability

The ‘urban zone’ is a place where people can easily move around, with good access to the city as well as the outlying areas. Industrial estates and warehouses are moved from the urban areas to the outskirts, freeing space for sustainable transport, such as trams, electric buses, clean private cars and a public car-sharing system. De-centralised services are provided to meet daily needs, and there are green lanes for long-distance walking and cycling.

3. Connecting people

The ‘pedanías’ zone provides accessibility for people from the outlying areas and visitors. (Mass) public transport is provided by train, tram and bus, and is clean, fast and accessible. Free parking for private (unsustain-able) cars is available at inter-modal transport hubs. These make it easy for people and goods to switch between different mobility means, encouraging sustainable choices. Easy access to the countryside revalues country lifestyle and products.

4. Smart citizens

Citizens naturally choose sustainable and healthy solutions. Mentality and behaviour embrace healthy living. People value a clean and safe city, and are willing to contribute to achieving this. Education from an early age and co-creative workshops with citizens and companies, increase awareness and involvement, and challenge people to participate actively in new ‘mobility plans’.

5. Master Intelligent System

An intelligent global system integrates mobility modes and allows users to enjoy ‘mobility à la carte’. A ‘one-click’ system pro-actively adjusts to people’s profiles and needs, based on up-to-date information and forecasts. The system is easily accessible with one profile for reservations, payments and information. Controlling incentives avoid misuse and keep the system free of undesired side-effects.

All these ideas and input have emerged from the participatory workshops that have taken place in the city of Murcia and whose images can be seen below:



PALERMO: SIGNED OFFICIAL STATEMENT R4E + European Week of Sustainable Mobility

Palermo: Roadmaps for Energy during the European Week of Sustainable Mobility

From 16 to 22 September 2016, it was also the “European Sustainable Mobility Week” in Palermo, during which the Municipality of Palermo, together with the city’s environmental association, organised several events to raise awareness of the use of public transport and, in general, the use of means of transport with low or zero C02 emissions, called E-BIKE 0.

In order to add further substance to the initiative, the Mayor Leoluca Orlando has inaugurated an innovative “home-work place” mobility system, consisting in the use of electric bicycles and included in the charter of intent for the “Roadmaps for Energy” Project. In fact, the Palermo project includes a vision of the city in 2050, with particular reference to sustainable mobility and energy efficiency. The signing of the letter of intent demonstrates the particular importance participation in the European project has for Palermo.

The event was also attended by the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Technological Innovation, Prof. Gianfranco Rizzo, the Chief of the Municipal Police, Dott. Vincenzo Messina, and Eng. Antonio Mazzon, Manager of “Roadmaps for Energy” project, who explained the technical details of the initiative.

The E-BIKE 0 is part of a program financed by the Ministry for the trial by the Italian municipalities of a pedal assisted prototype bicycle with high efficiency and zero emissions. The project is the identification of three automated racks around the city that allow the charging of 30 electric bicycles, tracking the distance travelled and the pollutant concentrations measured during the moving around the city.


Volunteers were selected previously, a sample of employees that includes 10 members of the Municipal Police, through an online survey, made with a special web-based application. People were selected based on their willingness to abandon the use of their car to travel to their workplace and use the electric bicycle instead. In addition, the automated racks have been installed in public buildings with closed garages to ensure the safety of the bicycles and shelter them from the weather and secure the electronic equipment in the data monitoring system.

Palermo participates in a research project for the development of sustainable mobility, the identification of people’s behaviour during their commute and the struggle against pollution and emission of greenhouse gases. After one year of testing a report will be prepared in every participating Italian city which will be published with all data concerning not only environmental benefits, but also the barriers for a large scale implementation of this system of sustainable mobility.

The initiative falls within the provisions of the Project “Roadmaps for Energy” and will be included in the “portfolio” of projects for Palermo 2050 – “Social and Cultural Harbour”.

Forli Vision Development 2050

Vision development for Forlì 2050

The R4E project has completed the “Vision development” stage, which consisted of designing the services and characteristics that our cities should offer in the year 2050, based on the opinions and contributions of municipal experts of each city, their stakeholders, politicians and municipal managers. To better illustrate the process, images have been created that reflect the way our cities could look in 2050, including the services and characteristics agreed upon in the workshops for each of the project’s focus areas.


In 2050, people in Forlì value their historical heritage. Historical buildings are renovated with respect for their heritage, and have new uses that serve the community. Forlì boldly implement modern energy-efficient building technologies, both in top-quality new buildings and in the less valuable elements of existing buildings. All buildings are designed or renovated for safety and resilience to both normal climatic conditions and exceptional natural events.

The social environment of Forlì is supported by the technological infrastructure. People — both citizens and entrepreneurs — value high-quality connectivity and technical infrastructure. They interact with the urban space, and have real-time information inviting them to engage in social activities. The top-level infrastructure of Forlì attracts companies (both established and start-up) to set up their activities and contribute to the local economy.

The smart people of Forlì value energy-efficient buildings. Schools and hospitals are leading examples of ‘people smart’ services that encourage learning and healing. Starting as young children, people are aware of the basic principles of sustainable living that has spread across the whole city. New technologies are used to achieve zero-emission, self-sufficient buildings.


What characterises the city of Forlì in the focus areas of Smart Buildings and Smart Urban Spaces and the elements of the desired future scenario are:

1. Historical memory

Historical buildings are renovated with respect for their heritage. There are no standard rules: each building has a different social and cultural background that is revived while it is transformed it to the needs of 2050. Both the building itself and its historical value are preserved, although with an up-to-date meaning of its function. For example, the church may become a museum or a theatre, thereby maintaining the function of connecting citizens.

2. High-tech blended with history

Superb buildings maximise comfort for the users and facilitate building management because they use the latest technology for building automation, air quality control, renewable materials and efficient installations. Less invasive systems (e.g. pipeless, very thin or upgradeable modular solutions) are used for historical buildings to preserve valuable elements such as frescos. IT systems monitor the use of spaces, and manage energy at a district scale.

3. Economic development

The economy is flourishing with new businesses that create community value. Entrepreneurs develop new sharing services for citizens, thereby reducing the use of land and environmental resources. Citizens have a different mind-set and reduce their footprint actively by choosing sustainable energy, locally produced food and shared services. Districts are designed and buildings are renovated to create more efficient spaces for sharing and growing food.

4. Shared & versatile spaces

Buildings and spaces are versatile, so they can be used by the community for different purposes on a 24/7 basis . For example the building adapts to a new concept of open schooling for children. Spaces are also better integrated to facilitate lifelong learning for people of all ages, with different programmes at different times of the day and the year. The design of the buildings enables extra functionality and versatility for different purposes, users and contexts.

5. Communicating examples

Good practices and leading examples are shared in the community and transformed into solutions for common use in other buildings. Public buildings (e.g. schools and hospitals) demonstrate the basic principles of sustainable construction and provide open platforms for citizens to engage in discussions about sustainable living. Children learn about environmental systems, which inspires conscious and sustainable lifestyles as adults.



In 2050, the people in Forlì enjoy a compact, well-planned city with a lively centre. The city offers many well-connected, well-equipped green spaces that enhance social life.

The city has regained its primary role as a social, business and residential hub. History and culture are respected, contributing to the attractiveness of the city and its central role in the territory.

The people of Forlì benefit from the results of open territorial cooperation that encourages innovation and contributes to the city’s economic development. At the same time the soil is protected for agricultural use and leisure activities.

 1. Enhancing social interaction

City planning focuses on providing spaces for social engagement. The functionality of urban space has been redefined in line with people’s needs in 2050, such as sports and playing facilities on the city squares, outdoor social games (interactive graffiti wall) and vegetable gardens. Citizens are encouraged to initiate and participate in social events through open platforms. The university campus has become an open meeting place for students and citizens.

2. A lively city centre

Shops in the centre offer modern handicrafts and other products with local production facilities. There are also other commercial activities offering dedicated services, such as smart home delivery (roof-to-roof delivery). Residents and entrepreneurs participate in identifying and creating new solutions to improve city life. This also encourages and enables young start-ups to set up new businesses offering and using technology services.

3. Historical value in a new way

Citizens enjoy ‘slow mobility’ (walking, cycling and automated vehicles), allowing more attractively designed streets. The heritage is valued as a common responsibility. Citizens, the administration and other stakeholders participate in planning and designing for new purposes. Sustainable and responsible development starts by considering all the pages (‘black’ and ‘white’) of Forlì’s history.

4. A compact city

The urban fabric features taller and more efficient buildings, while preserving and enhancing unique historical assets. The new buildings offer modern city facilities: they produce and store (renewable) energy, provide vertical vegetable gardens, and green surfaces that reduce heat stress and recover rainwater. In this way the city footprint is reduced and the agricultural function of the countryside is restored.

5. Territorial connectivity

Forlì provides a well-designed network of routes, exploring nature, culture, sports and local wine, food and handicrafts. The routes respond to the demand for a quality lifestyle supported by smart technologies. Better and faster links allow full connectivity to seaside resorts and nearby cities. Forlì’s central role in services (e.g. hospital, airport) reaches its full potential with efficient and sustainable transport.

All these ideas and input have emerged from the participatory workshops that have taken place in the city of Forlì and whose images can be seen below:


Istanbul Vision Development 2050

Vision development for Istanbul 2050

The R4E project has completed the “Vision development” stage, which consisted of designing the services and characteristics that our cities should offer in the year 2050, based on the opinions and contributions of municipal experts of each city, their stakeholders, politicians and municipal managers. To better illustrate the process, images have been created that reflect the way our cities could look in 2050, including the services and characteristics agreed upon in the workshops for each of the project’s focus areas.


In 2050, individual travellers in Istanbul are valued and facilitated by personalised travel advice. Smart technologies and apps enable personalised route planning. Communication between vehicles, drivers and infrastructure allows smart signalling. Green behaviour is encouraged by a range of personalised, sustainable options.

People value fast, smoothly flowing traffic, free from congestion. Automated systems support smooth traffic flows through the city. Mass transport solutions are attractive thanks to flexible charging and working hours. Alternative routes and transport modes are conveniently available. People value better air quality and choose healthier options such as walking and cycling. Traffic is safe. Smart safety measures help to avoid accidents and traffic violations. Vehicles are equipped with smart solutions and options to communicate, both with other road users and with the infrastructure.


What characterises the city of Istanbul in the focus area of Smart Mobility and the elements of the desired future scenarios are:

1. Smart traffic management system

All traffic in Istanbul is managed through a single, safe, reliable and efficient system. The system connects all public and private vehicles, devices and road users and is accessible from anywhere. Data is collected to analyse the traffic movements and provide real-time (event-driven) smart traffic management.

2. Compact smart e-vehicles:

People make use of personalised services based on compact smart vehicles. Vehicles are sustainable (using recycled materials and with zero-emissions) and are charged at widely available charging stations using renewable energy sources. The service allows easy reservation, flexible payment and pick-up/drop-off at any point. Personal profiles (e.g. including a network of friends) and connection to the smart system provide routes and options to share rides with friends.

3. Strategic demand management

People travel less because high-quality services are available remotely. Remote health monitoring and preventive health services reduce the need to visit distant hospitals. High-quality training and education are available in all districts, for example through holograms of excellent teachers. Flexible school and working hours and relocation of offices spread the demand for travel. Ride-sharing and air-cargo drones reduce road traffic. Ride-sharing is safe and efficient thanks to easy reservation and accessibility (e.g. special, cheaper parking for shared cars).

4. Sustainable, healthy behaviour

Citizens have adopted healthy lifestyles. Activity levels are measured by wearable devices, and more walking is rewarded by privileged services. The use of private cars has been reduced. The new generation of people care about sustainability and use the system to make optimal choices (balancing costs, emissions, time, social aspects etc.).



In 2050, a clean, green and healthy environment is valued by the citizens of Istanbul. Travellers appreciate the wide range of alternative routes and forms of transport. Public transport benefits everyone by providing good accessibility to all modes of transport. These are seamlessly integrated, providing a closely-knit network that reaches every part of the city while respecting its historical heritage.

Travellers choose sustainable and healthy options. Public transport provides a single route to people’s destinations, without disruptions caused by changes between modes. Travellers value the availability of accurate, up-to-date and cross-modal information. This enables them to choose the best options as and when they need them, taking into account changing situations and transport availability. And the public transport systems use renewable energy resources.

1. A clean and green city

In 2050, Istanbul is a clean and green city. A whole new city concept has been created around emission-free and ecological buildings with green roofs and waste recycling. In green areas all over the city residents enjoy walking, cycling and (hobby and urban) gardening. Pedestrian tunnels and floating gardens connect the areas. Citizens are energy-aware; a tree is planted for each child’s birthday. Energy efficiency and sustainability are monitored for continuous improvement.

2. Seamless transport and pleasurable travel experience

Istanbul has an integrated transport system that provides door-to-door service. Buses, trams, automated vehicles, taxis, shared cars and bikes are all integrated into one, easily accessible service. New modes of transport and innovative vehicles are also integrated, like autonomous vehicles in the air and on water. The integration of smaller units (personal or larger) into larger ones (ferries or trains) avoids transfers. Management is by an autonomous system.

‘Public’ transport provides a pleasurable and comfortable travel experience. The PRT (personal rapid transit) system allows people to travel in their own units, which are transformed into DRTs (demand response transit) with VIP services. People can easily transfer between all vehicles at hubs. These are real experience centres, with shopping, cinemas, and theatres.

3. Personal travel assistant

Everyone has a virtual ‘guardian angel’ for personal travel advice wherever they are, free of charge. All the ‘angels’ are connected to the cloud for accurate, up-to-date, cross- modal information. They give warnings of storms or snowfall, help to cancel or postpone trips when needed, help in case of emergencies or prevent accidents by warnings. They balance capacity in the system, important city parameters (energy, air quality, etc.) and personal health parameters.

4. Privacy & security

People feel comfortable and safe, because only the ‘angels’ have access to personal data. In 2050, the transport systems in Istanbul are also perceived as secure. For example, the biometric information used to identify people at entry points is also used to identify suspicious persons and activities. Personal data banks have a virtual shield to ensure confidentiality and privacy, and guard against hacking.

All these ideas and input have emerged from the participatory workshops that have taken place in the city of Istanbul and whose images can be seen below:



Eindhoven Vision Development 2050

Vision development for Eindhoven 2050

The R4E project has completed the “Vision development” stage, which consisted of designing the services and characteristics that our cities should offer in the year 2050, based on the opinions and contributions of municipal experts of each city, their stakeholders, politicians and municipal managers. To better illustrate the process, images have been created that reflect the way our cities could look in 2050, including the services and characteristics agreed upon in the workshops for each of the project’s focus areas.


In 2050, people in the Eindhoven region enjoy a clean and safe city with energy-neutral mobility solutions. Their personal mobility needs are met by seamless services provided as and when they are needed, at that specific moment and in line with their personal lifestyles. A wide range of sustainable options ‘nudge’ them towards more sustainable lifestyles, but always with full freedom of choices. The spatial planning of the city and the region cherishes history and at the same time facilitates new dynamics. Solutions are chosen because of their flexibility to adapt to changing conditions and users’ needs. The region offers an attractive climate for business. It functions as a ‘living lab’ in which innovative solutions are developed and proven in practice. People can experience these innovations in their own living environment, and can adopt them if and when they wish to do so. The region is an economic hotspot for smart and sustainable mobility.


What characterises the city of Eindhoven in the focus areas of Smart Mobility and Smart Urban Spaces and the elements of the desired future scenario are:

1. An attractive and clean city

The city of Eindhoven and its surroundings are clean and attractive. Widespread greenery in public spaces creates a healthy living environment and encourages people to choose healthy transport options such as walking and biking. Extensive and attractive walking and cycling routes throughout the region connect areas for living, working and leisure. Quality of the living environment is high, with air quality, low emissions and road safety are better than average.

2. Sustainable transportation

Mobility in the region is energy-neutral, using of entirely renewable resources and sustainable materials. The city centre is free of private cars. The region is well connected with sustainable mobility solutions that enable convenient access to all destinations in different ways. Smart traffic management provides efficient guidance based on real-time analysis and predictions of traffic flows, demand and transport availability.

3. A range of options

People can choose from a range of mobility options. Individual choices are facilitated by (f)actual information and seamless mobility products and services that meet their personal needs at that moment. People experience autonomy and freedom in their choices, although they understand that service availability and prices can be influenced by scarcity of resources at specific times. Smart apps help them to choose the best solution at that moment.

4. Local facilities

Facilities for people’s daily living are within walking/cycling distance in all neighbourhoods. Shops and other facilities provide social meeting opportunities for citizens in their direct living environment. Local produce (food, but also innovative solutions like 3D printing) is available in the local convenience stores. Green squares, school yards, recreational grounds and public spaces facilitate healthy lifestyles and social activities.

5. Diversity in experience

People enjoy a variety of environments in the region. They can choose from different areas in the city or surrounding villages that provide different experiences, and offer a range of options for different needs and lifestyles. People are free to explore new things and try them for themselves (for example faster or more attractive routes, or innovative sustainable vehicles). This makes it easier to for them to choose and adopt sustainable solutions.



In 2050, the city’s ‘green and blue’ spaces provide a safe and pleasant living environment for the citizens of the Eindhoven region. A high quality of life is achieved by integrated physical planning to create a resilient region by strengthening the interdependencies between ‘blue’ (water), ‘green’ (flora), ‘grey’ (pavement) and ‘red’ (buildings). Citizens, public and private parties jointly take care of private and public spaces to create a safe, pleasant and healthy living environment. People are aware of the value of the interplay between the built environment and nature. They adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviour, through which they also contribute to their surroundings.The region enjoys clean and safe water and green spaces that can be used actively for recreation (e.g. swimming, fishing) as well as to supply food (urban farming).All meaningful resources are reused, thanks to circular systems on different scales. The region values:- a safe living environment that is resilient to the changing climate through the smart use of solutions on the appropriate scale;- a healthy living environment with extensive ‘green and blue’ areas that support social activities and healthy lifestyles;- a circular water system that provides sustainable re-use of water, materials and energy.

1. Active use of ‘green and blue’spaces

People use public spaces actively for social interaction, working and leisure activities. Spaces are attractive in all seasons, and are accessible for all. The diversity of the spaces in the city and surrounding villages, and the flexibility in their use cater for different and changing needs and wishes. Smart use of spaces serves many different goals,with plenty of room for flora and fauna. Synergy between urban and rural areas is strong.

2. Human-scale design to promote sustainable living

People find everything they need for their daily living in their direct surroundings. The region is designed to encourage social inter- actions and sustainable lifestyles. People value the effects on their health and well-being, and spread the adoption of good lifestyles through social activities. The city and region provide an ideal environment for companies and start-ups with sustainable and healthy core-businesses.

3. Connected, integrated ‘green and blue’

The region values well connected ‘green and blue’ spaces to strengthen climate resilience. The boundaries between public and private green areas are blurred, and people actively add green to roofs, gardens, squares and parks and make them accessible. Interconnected water systems reduce the risks of flooding and heat stress. Citizens’ initiatives are valued, and are facilitated and encouraged by regulations.

4. Circular solutions on the right scale

The region uses circular systems at different levels to maximise re-use of water, materials and energy. Intelligent systems at the levels of homes, neighbourhoods, city and region are interconnected to balance demand and supply. Citizens use applications and sensors to monitor the quality of their water, food and environment, and contribute to its improvement. New technologies are used to make the systems intelligent.

5. New business and investment models

Public spaces are always freely accessible, and new business models are explored to provide added-value services. Decisions are based on an integrated view of value (economic, social, cultural and other) in both the short and long term. This ‘Euro 2.0’ approach enables new business with services in the public domain that create value for society at large as well as for individual citizens and enables investments in infrastructure.

All these ideas and input have emerged from the participatory workshops that have taken place in the city of Eindhoven and whose images can be seen below:


R4E – Related and Linked Projects – Introducing the “FosterREG Project”.

R4E – Related and Linked Projects Part 3 – Introducing the “FosterREG Project”.

 As part of our commitment to creating a learning community and disseminating the actions and outcomes of the Roadmaps for Energy (R4E) Project, we are connecting with other EU funded projects, cooperating, sharing information and practises. Which is why we will dedicate a few of our posts to introducing these projects.

The FosterREG Project

Training for Public Officers Involved in Urban Regeneration

FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholders’ engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe.

FosterReg1The lack of proper coordination of aspects related to regulation, financing and management of energy efficiency measures within urban regeneration initiatives, as well as the frequent misalignment of public stakeholders at different levels, are hindering the potential benefits of addressing these processes from an integrated perspective.

To overcome these challenges the FosterREG will focus on building public authorities´ capacity for designing, planning, financing and managing measures geared towards integrating energy efficient renovation of buildings within urban regeneration strategies.

The project approaches capacity building from a participatory perspective, understanding that learning is most efficient when it is driven by the learner. The first step to building capacity is to identify what kind of capacity is lacking. Collaborative analysis of current FosterReg2barriers and opportunities in the implementation of energy efficiency measures within urban regeneration plans should help clarify this aspect. Mechanisms such as peer-to-peer learning and best practices sharing will also contribute towards this end.

However, barriers are not only caused by lack of capacity, but also by lack of coordination and alignment among policies and plans at different levels of government. In order to enhance multilevel coordination, the project will create a collaborative work space among public authorities at different levels in each of the participant countries.

Collaborative work will mainly consist of jointly analysing the barriers and opportunities of the regulatory framework, management procedures and financing mechanisms. This process will conclude at a national two-day workshop in each of the participating countries, where an integrated analysis of such aspects will be developed, in order to jointly produce proposals for improvement and identify areas where training is most needed.

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Forli: Signed official statement R4E

Last 24th September 2016, Forli joined to the group of partners who have already signed the official statement of the R4E. This statement is a solid proof  through which the city of Forli and in this case its Mayor, Davide Drei and its Councillor for the environment Nevio Zaccarelli, pledge themselves 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.


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


R4E Statement signed by Davide Drei, Mayor of Forli


R4E Statement signed by Nevio Zaccarelli, Councillor for the Environment of Forli


Murcia, present at the first international summit on light electric vehicles

Murcia, present at the first international summit on light electric vehicles

The presentation has elaborated on issues such as the experience Murcia has acquired in the European project “Electra” and the recent “Local Strategy for Electric Vehicles”.Murcia has been selected to present its experience and the work it has been doing  in the last years relating to the field of electric mobility at the first summit on light electric vehicles that was held in Barcelona on the 21st and 22nd of September.

levs-murcia-movilidad-elctricaIt was an international event, where professionals and entities from around the world involved in electric mobility gathered, and where the latest projects and performance of the sector were presented.

ALEM, the Local Energy Agency from the “Department of Modernization of the Public Administration, Urban Quality and Citizen Participation”, in their presentation held at this meeting, offered a review of the current situation in cities that, like Murcia, are convinced of the need for a strong political support and backing for the electric vehicle and electrical vehicle initiatives, as was fervently highlighted by councilman Jose Guillen.

The presentation highlighted issues like Murcia´s experience in the European project “Electra” which has aimed to promote innovative loan structures of electric motorcycles, as well as the recent Local Strategy for the Electric Vehicle in Murcia, an open participatory process where citizens can directly participate in the process.

The specific actions and projects the City of Murcia is working on and with, also include the European Project “Roadmaps for Energy” a project that focuses on creating roadmaps to undertake innovative actions in Smart City areas such as smart mobility, intelligent buildings and smart urban spaces.


“Murcia’s direct involvement in important communication and dissemination activities of the R4E project, we show our strong commitment on a local level, to project the City of Murcia, it’s actions and performance in sustainability, beyond the borders of our municipality. “The presence of Murcia in this event is to create and strengthen collaborative relations with other cities, agencies and institutions involved in electric mobility with which the city of Murcia can create synergies in this field” explained councilmember Guillen.


Murcia designs its local strategy to promote the use of electric vehicles

Murcia designs its local strategy to promote the use of electric vehicles

The “Local Strategy for the use of Electric Vehicles”, is a set of initial proposals to encourage and benefit users of this type of vehicles such as tax reductions, exemption from parking fees, or reserving exclusive parking spaces, among others. The City Council wants to give a significant impulse to sustainable mobility in the city and has designed a local strategy to encourage the use of electric vehicles in Murcia, a fundamental step in the process of converting and converging towards a Smart City model.

The “Department of Modernization of the Public Administration, Urban Quality and Citizen Participation”, through their Local Energy Agency ALEM, has been responsible for the development of this “roadmap” which sets out the main outline of actions that will be undertaken and developed by the City Council in the field of promotion, advancement and support to electric mobility.


Councilmember José Guillen presented the local strategy to entrepreneurs of the mobility sector, representatives of public car parks, car rental companies and car repair shops, who “more than anyone else, know and understand the state of their industry”. Thus, the participatory process that “seeks consensus and social support” was initiated, “because the contribution of many enrich the proposal and make it more realistic, feasible and viable, without losing sight of the objective we seek: to promote electric mobility in Murcia.”

The document defines and develops various outlines of action to be implemented in the field of electric mobility in Murcia over the next three years (2017-2019), in order to, with the required institutional support, culminate the process of transformation and progressive adaptation to electric mobility in the municipality.

A set of concrete measures

The proposals that will be further developed under the roadmap of this new strategy to promote the use of electric vehicles are divided into five areas: 1) information and public awareness, 2) promotion and development of electric mobility, 3) infrastructure development associated to electric vehicle incentives, 4) citizen participation, and 5) agents related to sustainable mobility.

Some of the measures included in the strategy are:

  • Informative Campaigns to inform and educate the public on electric vehicles.
  • MiMurcia will display real-time data and information on the use of the electric charging infrastructure in public roads.
  • Cooperation agreements with public car parks and service stations.
  • Special timetables in loading and unloading areas for electric vehicles.
  • The creation of an Electric Mobility Center for Local Commerce, coordinated by ALEM, to inform, promote and encourage progress in this sector.
  • Granting preferential treatment and reserve parking spaces in neighbourhoods and districts, as well as special times for loading and unloading is designated areas, supporting measures for goods distribution and increased traffic.
  • Assess the feasibility of introducing electric buses in public transportation fleets.
  • Measures to facilitate the creation of electric charging infrastructure in public car parks, residential buildings and areas with communities.
  • The creation of a workgroup with service stations and representatives of the Murcia Autonomous Community to introduce electric charging points in service stations at a large scale or implementing independent charging stations.
  • Installing charging points or stations in Municipality buildings where possible providing coverage.
  • Designing a network of electric charging points and reserved parking spaces favouring the intermodality of transit with the tram, bus lines and MUyBICI stations.
  • Evaluate the approval of tax reductions in vehicle tax, parking fees, etc. as well as the licenses for 100% electric taxis.

Although these are initial proposals included in the preliminary document, the idea is to open debate and add other measures “which is expected to happen with the participatory process we have opened today” said José Guillen, who encouraged Murcia’s citizens to join their opinions to this project in order to provide us with “the desired conditions for the electric vehicle to form part of our urban landscape and the sustainable mobility in the municipality”.


The charging network hand in hand with the MUyBICI project

An essential requisite for achieving this goal is the creation of a network of recharging points broad enough to ensure users of electric vehicles can access them if necessary, for which the infrastructure created by MUyBICI could be used. Similarly, the city of Murcia is intensifying its commitment to gradually transform its fleet of vehicles into electrical vehicles, providing the municipal buildings with charging infrastructure, and favouring service subcontracts that foresee and increment their use.


The document DRAFT OF THE LOCAL STRATEGY FOR THE USE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES can be downloaded via this link.



The participatory process: make suggestions and help us improve

Once the document of the municipal strategy draft has been presented and published, a broad participatory process opens in which the proposals of the public will be analysed and together with other suggestions made to improve the final plan, will be incorporated by experts.

Social agents related to sustainable mobility, but also Murcian society, any individual murcian, can add new initiatives and innovative actions if they meet the needs identified by each sector. Thus, Guillén adds, “we obtain a consensus on the appropriate roadmap by enriching as much as possible our strategy.” To achieve our goal, collaboration with companies from the sector is combined with the political commitment, and citizen participation are essential elements to ensure success.

The goal is to have a final version of the local strategy before the end of the year, and October will be reserved to study the contributions made leaving November for analysis and decision making.

According to the Councilmember for Modernization, José Guillén, upon completion of the review process with the elements of participation and contribution to the Local Strategy for the Electric Vehicle, the city will be ready to “set a new pace in the race for sustainability and the use of public transport that does not generate CO2 emissions “, which allow our citizens to “enjoy a cleaner and healthier Murcia, improving the quality of life through smart mobility”.

Exhibition of electric vehicles

After the presentation of the strategy, there was a display of electric and hybrid vehicles at the Floridablanca Garden which featured the latest models available. This event helped strengthen relations between City Hall and local stakeholders in the field of electric mobility and who have had a notable presence in the European R4E project (roadmaps for energy), therefore some of the available results were shared in the project and the dialogue and exchange of views with stakeholders as well as citizens who came to the exhibition. ALEM took the opportunity to emphasize the influence that the participation of Murcia in the R4E project has had in the drafting and development of the local strategy for the electric vehicle and its relation to the future of intelligent mobility in the city of Murcia.


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