RESPONSE 3rd webinar – Positive Energy Building Systems

The RESPONSE project is organizing the 3rd Webinar focused on the topic “Positive Energy Building Systems” and the RESPONSE contributions and activities implemented under Transformation Axis. The webinar will be held on December 7th from 11:30 to 13:00 and aims to increase public awareness of RESPONSE and to create new links between organizations and enable learning and knowledge exchange processes, especially between Lighthouse and Fellow cities.

We would like to invite you to join this informative webinar.

The event is free of charge but registration is required.

RESPONSE Consortium meeting held in Dijon attended by RESPONSE city administrators and partners

RESPONSE Consortium at the open session – Source: Ville de Dijon

The three days event was held in the city of Dijon, in Dijon, France between 18-20 October 2022. The main objectives were i) to create links and federate around the project; ii) to get to know the Fellow cities better and strengthen their collaboration with the Lighthouse cities and the horizontal partners of the project; iii) enable the Fellow cities to better understand the innovative solutions implemented in the Lighthouse cities, and discuss together their replication.

The first day started with the workshop “How to optimise the project’s communication and outreach” led by Dijon Métropole and Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) and a session focused on the presentation of the Innovative Elements in LHCs led by EDF, Dijon Métropole and City of Turku. The first day ended with a guided tour to the historic city center and a joint dinner.

Presentation of the Innovative Elements in LHCs – Source: Ville de Dijon

In the second day the partners were able to do a walking visit to the Positive Energy District (PED) in Fontaine d’Ouche and the solar power plant on the roof of the Buffon school.

Positive Energy District (PED) in Fontaine d’Ouche
Positive Energy District (PED) in Fontaine d’Ouche

n the afternoon, more sessions were conducted by Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), EIFER – European Institute for Energy Research, Dijon Métropole, EDF, City of Turku and Fundación Circe, focused on “How to support cities in citizen empowerment” and “Business model canvas: gathering feedback from cities and partners”.

Workshop sessions and Permanent booths: presentation of the Innovative Elements in LHCs – Source: Ville de Dijon

The 2nd Consortium Plenary Board meeting of the RESPONSE project took place on the last day of the event (20th October). This meeting was organized as a hybrid event and hosted by the Dijon Métropole.

2nd Consortium Plenary Board meeting of the RESPONSE project – Source: Ville de Dijon

To close the 3 days event some RESPONSE partners and the Lighthouse cities and Fellow cities representatives went for a PEBs tour and press conference with the presence of François Rebsamen, Mayor of Dijon and President of Dijon Métropole.

Sustainable mobility and air quality workshop in Turku PED area

The 2nd Environmental workshop organized by the Citizen engagement work package in Turku brought together the PED residents and RESPONSE partners at the student village on the 27th of October. In the event, the participants were engaged to help develop e-mobility issues in the PED and the Air quality journey planner together with the RESPONSE partners from Turku UAS, the City of Turku, Finnish meteorological institute and University of Turku.

The workshop participants were given the opportunity to test electric bikes and an electric cargo bike. The bikes were provided for testing by local bike provider Onnipyörä Turku. Many of the participants had not tried electric bikes before and were surprised how easy it was to ride and how lightweight the riding felt. However, they noticed also potential issues, as it is easy to drive very fast with the bikes and especially the e-cargo bike needs a lot of space to turn. These and many other topics were discussed during the workshop. 

Workshop participants were able to test electric bikes in the event

The participants made a trip together, using the Air quality journey planner application. The trip was made by foot and bike, using also the shared city bikes, Fölläri. The user can choose their route between the best air quality, the greenest and least hilly route on the journey planner. The trip was made by using the greenest route and the participants enjoyed beautiful riverside views despite the light rain. 

The journey planner was further developed in one of the workshops. During the workshop, the visual appearance of the application was decided, and the participants could give feedback on the app under development. More information about the conditions on the route was desired, such as slipperiness, temperature and windiness, as well as the duration of the chosen route. Information on traffic obstructions, such as construction sites or re-routing of cycleways was also desired. The duration of the chosen route and the user’s location were also seen as important additions. Overall, the journey planner got good feedback and the routes suggested by the app were found to be useful. 

Feedback of the Air quality journey planner was collected via forms and voting

On the other workshop, sustainable mobility issues in the Student village PED area were discussed. The participants were asked to think about practicalities regarding mobility in the area, ie. what works well and what doesn’t. After a short discussion, the participants were asked to imagine an ideal future in terms of sustainable mobility. A lively discussion followed, after which the participants were introduced to ways to advocate mobility related initiatives in the city of Turku.  

Altogether 30 students and PED residents took part in the workshop. The atmosphere on the event was relaxed and the participants enjoyed the discussion about sustainable mobility and air quality – as well as the vegan hot dog buffet that was served.  

Sustainable mobility issues were discussed in the workshop

Text: Heidi Heikkilä, Annika Kunnasvirta, Katariina Kiviluoto / Pictures: Heidi Heikkilä