replicable strategies

A project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to develop a systemic approach for transforming European cities into sustainable, smart and resource-efficient urban environments.

Project objectives

We aim to develop strategies that can be replicated throughout Europe in order to reduce energy demand and maximise renewable energy supply in urban environments. Activities include retrofitting in buildings, integration of infrastructures, developing sustainable mobility options, as well as the intelligent deployment and use of Information and Communication Technologies.

The SmartEnCity concept will be defined, planned and implemented in three Lighthouse demonstrators Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Tartu (Estonia) and Sonderborg (Denmark). The process will be replicated in the two Follower cities of Lecce (Italy), and Asenovgrad (Bulgaria). We will encourage a SmartEnCity Network of further cities interested replicating the approach elsewhere in Europe. Under the coordination of TECNALIA Research & Innovation, 35 partners from 6 countries work together to make Smart Zero Carbon Cities a reality in Europe.


The Project milestones are to reduce energy demand and to maximize renewable energy supply. Activities include retrofitting in buildings, integrating infrastructures, developing sustainable mobility and the intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies. ACCIONA main role in the project is developing business models, innovative management process build on BIM methodology, for district´s transformation and strategies for integrated urban planning (WP2) and support in mapping them to the Vitoria- Gasteiz LH project (WP3).


66 months (February 2016 – July 2021)


35 partners from 6 countries (Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain), coordinated by TECNALIA Research & Innovation.

TECNALIA, VISESA (+EVE), City of Vitoria, CEA, Mondragon (+LKS+MU), FEDERLAN (+EDERMO), ACEDE, ETIC, MCC TELECOM, ACCIONA, GIROA, CARTIF, Estudios GIS, SONFOR, ProjectZero, SAB, Soebo, B42, Vikingegaarden, PlanEnergi, Aalborg Uni., City of Tartu, Smart City Lab, Tartu E.A., Tartu Uni., Inst. Baltic Stud., Fortum Tartu, Takso OU, Estonian Tel, CITYNTEL, City of Lecce, D’Appolonia, City of Asenovgrad, Sofia Energy Centre, Steinbeis.

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