Other innovative projects

This section has been created to facilitate networking and mutual learning.


Here is a list of European projects working on similar issues like City-zen :


EU-GUGLE aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in 6 pilot cities in view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020.


8 projects involving 27 districts belonging to 25 cities from 13 different countries have joined forces for greater leverage in sharing contents and promoting energy efficient renovation for cities and communities leading to large-scale replicability of sound energy efficiency solutions. The My Smart City District initiative provides a coherent and common communication outlet to disseminate the projects’ achivements and best practices towards other cities, stakeholders and the public at large.

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The purpose of the R2CITIES project is to develop and demonstrate replicable strategies for designing, constructing and managinglarge scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities.

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TRANSFORM stands for an integrative approach to smart city development, including strong stakeholder involvement, data analytics and smart tooling, financial strategies and methodologies for co-creation, like service design thinking.

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The ZenN project focused on the demonstration of the feasibility (technical, financial and social) of innovative low energy renovation processes for buildings at the neighborhood scale, the identification and dissemination of promising management and financial schemes to facilitate large scale replication and the launch of ambitious replication plans at several scales

 step up

STEP UP was an energy and sustainable city planning programme that aims to assisting cities to enhance their sustainable energy action plans and integrating energy planning into their sustainable city planning.

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By coordinating strategies and combining best practices, the PLEEC project -“Planning for Energy Efficient Cities”- developed a general model for energy efficiency and sustainable city planning. By connecting scientific excellence and innovative enterprises in the energy sector with ambitious and well-organized cities, the project aims to reduce energy use in Europe in the near future and will therefore be an important tool contributing to the EU’s 20-20-20 targets.


RESEEPE will bring together design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a strong demonstration programme to demonstrate the improved building performance through retrofitting. The core idea of the RESSEEPE project is to technically advance, adapt, demonstrate and assess a number of innovative retrofit technologies. Reductions in the area of 50% will be achieved in terms of energy consumption.


  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we've learned by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Achieved Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid