Urban GreenUP New Strategy for Re-Naturing Cities through Nature-Based Solutions

Urban GreenUp Project is one of 3 lead projects funded by European Commission within Horizon 2020 “Nature Based Solutions” programme. The NBS project will last 5 years and there will be climate change mitigation, adaptation and water management in 3 cities from 3 countries; Valladolid-Spain, Liverpool-UK and İzmir-Turkey. Demir Enerji is one of the 25 project partners and project coordinator in Turkey. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ege University, Izmir Institute of Technology and Bitnet Bilişim Hizmetleri are the oher Turkish partners of the project.

CityFiedReplicable and Innovative Future Efficient Districts and Cities

Cityfied Project is funded by European Commission under Framwork. The Smart City project will last 5 years and there will be energy efficiency, renewable energy interventions in 3 cities from 3 countries; Laguna-Spain, Lund-Sweden and Soma-Manisa. Demir Energy is one of the 21 project partners and project coordinator in Turkey. Manisa Municipality, İTÜ, TUBİTAK-MAM, MIR-ARGE and REENGEN are the oher Turkish partners of the project.

RemoUrbanRegeneration Model for Accelerating the Smart Urban Transformation

Remourban Project is one of 3 lighthouse projects funded by European Commission within Horizon 2020 programme. The Smart City project will last 5 years and there will be energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation and ICT integration in 3 cities from 3 countries; Valladolid-Spain, Nottingham-UK and Tepebaşı-Eskişehir. Demir Energy is one of the 22 project partners and project coordinator in Turkey. Tepebaşı Municipality, Anadolu University, Ölçsan and Energon are the oher Turkish partners of the project

MatchUP – Maximizing the Upscaling and Replication Potential of High Level Urban Transformation Strategies

MAtchUP will deploy large scale demonstration projects in three Lighthouse cities namely, Valencia (Spain), Dresden (Germany) and Antalya (Turkey), and support the development of replication and upscaling plans in four Follower cities namely, Ostend (Belgium), Herzliya (Israel), Skopje (Macedonia) and Kerava (Finland). Led by the City of Valencia, the consortium is composed of 28 partners across 8 different countries, each one contributing through their specific knowledge and expertise to meet the said MAtchUP objectives. The other partners from Turkey other than Demir Enerji are Sampaş, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Antepe İnşaat, Trafik Araştırma Yönetim A.Ş.

ReplicateRenaissance of Places with Innovative Citizenship and Technology

The objective of REPLICATE is to demonstrate Smart City technologies in energy, transport and ICT in districts in San Sebastian, Florence and Bristol addressing urban complexity and generate replication plans in other districts and in follower cities of Essen, Nilufer and Lausanne. Demir Enerji and Nilüfer Municipality are representing Turkey as follower city to learn about the methodologies produced within the project.

RuritageRural Regeneration Through Systemic Heritage-led Strategies

RURITAGE project aims at creating a new heritage-led rural regeneration paradigm able to transform rural areas in sustainable development demonstration laboratories, through the enhancement of cultural and natural heritage potential. Through the identification of 6 Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs) whose intersections constitute a European model of heritage-led rural development and the knowledge transfer from Role Models and Replicators and among Role Models within Rural Heritage Hubs, RURITAGE intends to significantly improve sustainable growth through the exploitation of Cultural Heritage in rural areas.

RURITAGE project will start in mid-2018 and will last 4 years, involving 40 partners coming from 20 countries (Italy, Spain, Austria, UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Poland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, Chile)

The other partners from Turkey other than Demir Enerji are; İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and İzmir Instıtute of Technology.

Better Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together Through Renewable Energies

BETTER intends to address RES cooperation between the EU and third countries. The RES Directive allows Member States to cooperate with third countries to achieve their 2020 RES targets in a more cost efficient way. The core objective of BETTER is to assess, through case studies, stakeholders involvement and integrated analysis, to what extent this cooperation can help Europe achieve its RES targets in 2020 and beyond, trigger the deployment of RES electricity projects in third countries and create win-win circumstances for all involved parties. The case studies focusing on North Africa, the Western Balkans and Turkey will investigate the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES cooperation. Additionally, an integrated assessment will be undertaken from the “EU plus third countries” perspective, including a quantitative cost-benefit evaluation of feasible policy approaches as well as strategic power system analyses. Impacts on the achievement of EU climate targets, energy security, and macro-economic aspects will be also analysed. The strong involvement of all relevant stakeholders will enable a more thorough understanding of necessary policy prerequisites. Demir Enerji was subcontracted to Better project to conduct investigate the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES in Turkey.

Making City – Energy Efficient Pathway for the City Transformation: Enabling a Positive Future

MAKING-CITY, the new large-scale demonstration project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s research and innovation programme, holds its kick-off meeting on 13th-14th December in Valladolid, Spain. Gathering 34 partners coming from 9 countries, this 60-month H2020 project with a budget of 20 million euros aims to address and demonstrate the urban energy system transformation towards low carbon cities following the Positive Energy District (PED) concept.

Coordinated by CARTIF Technology Centre, the project involves 2 “lighthouse cities”, Groningen and Oulu, for the demonstration of their objectives. Both cities have been chosen due to their current work and commitment on energy transition, and the work with them will help others, our 6 “follower cities”: León (Spain), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Kadiköy (Turkey), Poprad (Slovakia), Vidin (Bulgaria) and Lublin (Poland), to replicate the solutions proposed. The consortium is completed by representing key stakeholders within the value chain of smart cities: leading European research/academic institutions, large industries, SMEs, public bodies and specific exploitation expert partners.

FUSILLI – Fostering the Urban food System Transformation through Innovative Living Labs Implementation

FUSILLI is a Food and Natural Resources project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No.101000717. Over a duration of four years, FUSILLI will focus on supporting cities to facilitate their transition towards more sustainable food systems, in line with the FOOD2030 priorities. To achieve this goal, FUSILLI project combines the expertise of 34 partners from 13 countries, including cities, universities, SMEs, NGOs, and industries.
The core ambition of FUSILLI is to overcome barriers for developing and implementing integrated, systemic food policies that support the transition towards sustainable food systems in urban, peri-urban and nearby rural areas. To achieve this goal, FUSILLI puts 12 cities in a knowledge sharing and learning network to address the challenges of the food system transformation: Tampere, Oslo, Kolding, Kharkiv, Nilufer – Bursa, Athens, Rome, Rijeka, Turin, Differdange, San Sebastian, Castelo Branco.
These cities will integrate food as a part of their urban-rural agenda and identify and create opportunities to transform food systems into sustainable, healthy and inclusive systems. Via an open knowledge community, cities will be empowered to implement innovative and personalized policies and actions, placing citizens in the heart of the process.

The foundation of FUSILLI will be the 12 Food 2030 Living Labs: Each city will develop a living lab as an open innovation ecosystem with the objective to implement different innovative actions through all stages of the food chain, including production and processing, distribution and logistics, consumption, food loss and waste, as well as governance. Through the FUSILLI Knowledge Community and supported through urban food plans, the partners will identify existing best practices and thus support participating living labs, related initiatives and policy makers in the development of sustainable food systems.