Thematic Working Group – Smart Heritage Cities

The Smart Connected Communities for Positive Energy Blocks in Cultural Heritage Areas Working Group (WG) has been established to gather expertise on the topics of smart cities and communities and Positive Energy Blocks (balance between energy consumption and production at local level) in cultural heritage areas.

This group has been created within EURADA on the initiative of POCITYF, an EU-funded smart cities project which supports historical cities in their green transition while respecting their cultural heritage.

The aim of this Working Group is to create a community of professionals to:

  • facilitate the exchange of practices and knowledge in the field of smart cities and communities to achieve Positive Energy Blocks, while addressing the constraints experienced in heritage cities;
  • lead new ideas and cooperate at European level to develop new projects focused on smart cities and communities for Positive Energy Blocks applied to cultural heritage cities;
  • disseminate best practices in initiatives related to the topic of smart cities, energy transition, and Positive Energy Blocks (for instance those of POCITYF);
  • engage partners and followers to work on common initiatives and projects;
  • increase the support provided for local and regional agencies and SMEs on the energy transition challenge.

Smart Heritage Cities WG Coordinator

The WG will be coordinated by the municipality of Évora (Portugal), which plays a leading role in this field. Over the last decades, Évora has made a clear commitment to tackle climate change by focusing on measures targeting sustainability: an emblematic example is the implementation of  the first Electricity Smart Grids in Portugal, which shows how to combine the production and distribution of electricity while preserving the cultural heritage of the country.

Activities of the Smart Heritage Cities WG

The members of the WG will be divided into sub-groups to deal with the following topics:

  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • Positive Energy Blocks in Cultural Heritage Areas

However, any proposals and inputs for other topics of interest to the members and stakeholders are welcome.

The Working Group meetings will take place four times per year; three of them will be held virtually and one face-to-face. The first meeting is proposed for _______ and will be held online. The first in-person meeting will be one of the subsequent ones and will be held at a time when the situation allows for it more safely.

List of the members of the Smart Heritage Cities WG

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