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New Smart Cities project MatchUp to facilitate uptake of 2030 Covenant of Mayors objectives
New Smart Cities project MatchUp to facilitate uptake of 2030 Covenant of Mayors objectives
7 december 2017 - 10:22

The new MatchUp Smart Cities project will make it easier for several Covenant cities to take up the 2030 objectives of the Covenant of Mayors.

MatchUp - Maximizing the upscaling and replication potential of high-level urban transformation strategies - is a 5-year EU-funded project (October 2017 - September 2022) that aims to drive the transformation of Smart Cities in Europe, as part of the EU Smart Cities and Communities initiative. The MatchUp project seeks to facilitate this urban transformation process by leveraging innovative solutions in the field of energy, mobility and ICT areas, with the involvement of citizens.

Covenant of Mayors signatories of Valencia (Spain), Dresden (Germany) and Antalya (Turkey) are leading the project as "Lighthouse cities" and will cooperate with a wide variety of stakeholders to implement their transformation strategies: universities, local utilities, innovation centers, businesses... Moreover, the Covenant cities of Oostende (Belgium) and Skopje (FYR Macedonia), as well as the cities of Kerava (Finland) and Herzliya (Israel), will learn from the experiences of the "Lighthouse cities" and adapt their strategies to fit to their own local circumstances.

The MatchUp project will establish a close link with the Covenant of Mayors framework, by developing a methodology that will enable the cities involved in the project to upgrade their existing 2020 Covenant action plans (SEAPs) to 2030 SECAPs, improve existing SECAPs or even develop a new SECAP. Thanks to MatchUp, Oostende and Skopje will be supported in shifting their SEAPs to SECAPs. Kerava and Herzliya will commit to the 2030 objectives of the Covenant during the project lifetime and be accompanied in the creation of their SECAPs.

As regards the project's Lighthouse cities Valencia, Dresden and Antalya, these Covenant signatories want to use MatchUp to implement projects to boost the livability, environment and economic opportunities of their territories. Valencia will improve several of its neighbourhoods with strong energy conservation, clean energy production and climate adaptation measures. For its mayor Juan Ribó, the goal is to place Valencia "at the European forefront of comprehensive urban regeneration"

Dresden, the first European city with more than 250 000 inhabitants to have submitted a SECAP, will leverage through inclusive policymaking the CO2-emission reduction potential of its municipal stakeholders, as these can influence directly 70% of Dresden's emissions. Furthermore, the MatchUp project will enable the city to "implement a Smart City infrastructure that reduces our impact on the environment and address citizen's needs to create a high quality of life", according to Mayor Dirk Hilbert. 

Through its involvement in MatchUp, Antalya wants to become "a Smart Cities role model for Southern Europe and the Middle East", as Mayor Menderes Türel says. This Turkish coastal city will use the project to harness notably its incredible solar rooftop potential, estimated at around 1,5 billion MWh. Furthermore, Antalya will implement widespread improvements for its Kepez Smart City district, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Turkey. Kepez's economic potential is valued a EUR 1,7 billion, and will offer a home to 80,000 residents by 2019.

  • More information on the European Smart Cities and Communities initiative can be found here
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