European project ATELIER

AmsTErdam and BiLbao cItizen drivEn smaRt cities

Coordinated by the City of Amsterdam, ATELIER focusses on developing citizen-driven “Positive Energy Districts” in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao, combining the expertise and the commitment of 30 partners from 11 countries.

ATELIER is all about “AmsTErdam and BiLbao cItizen drivEn smaRt cities”, aiming to create and replicate “Positive Energy Districts” (PEDs) within eight European cities. ATELIER will showcase innovative solutions that integrate buildings with smart mobility and technologies to create rather than consume energy in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Bilbao (Spain). ATELIER will thus generate an energy surplus of 1340 MWh of primary energy and save 1,7 kt of CO2 and 23 t of NOx-emissions. The Fellow Cities of ATELIER, Bratislava (Slovak Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Krakow (Poland), Matosinhos (Portugal), and Riga (Latvia), will replicate and adapt the successfully implemented solutions and thus serve as testbeds for future smart cities.

The vision of the project partners is to create dedicated PED Innovation Ateliers to strengthen the local innovation ecosystem, and to remove legal, financial or social barriers to the implementation of smart solutions. The Innovation Ateliers will be self-sustaining, continuing for a long time after the project has ended, thus being engines for the upscaling and replication of solutions within the ATELIER cities and beyond (Europe and the World). Moreover, through an active learning programme, we will capture and pass along the lessons learned of our Innovation Ateliers.

To achieve successful implementations of energy saving measures, ATELIER puts citizens at the center of all its activities: residents (<9000), local initiatives and energy communities will be included in decision-making processes and activities and will be strongly engaged in the development of the technical solutions throughout the project. Citizens will be involved in the Innovation Ateliers to create a maximum impact for the PEDs.

Each of the eight involved cities will develop a City Vision 2050 that constitutes the roadmap for upscaling solutions in the long term. The main objective of this is to guarantee a seamless city transformation from planning to implementation and further upscaling and replication.

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum is a project partner and responsible for dissemination, communication and exploitation of the project activities and results.

Project duration: 11/2019 – 10/ 2024

Participating countries:  Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Portrait Matthieu Grosjean
Matthieu Grosjean
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Portrait Bettina Remmele
Dr. Bettina Remmele
0711 123 4048