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The overall objective of RESPONSE is to turn energy sustainability into a do-able vision by solving the energy trilemma (security, equity/affordability, environmental sustainability) at building, block and district levels in smart cities. The project builds upon intelligent integrated and interconnected energy systems coupled with demand-oriented city infrastructures, governance models and services that foster energy sustainability.

RESPONSE sets 11 Key Objectives (KOs) that are carefully designed to contribute to Smart Cities Energy Transition: Climate-neutral cities by 2050.

KO#1: Demonstrate novel solutions transforming the building stock into energy efficient, maximising RES harvesting

KO#2: Demonstrate novel solutions transforming mixed-use urban districts, with high shares of locally produced renewable energy offering grid flexibility and stability through energy management and storage

KO#3: Demonstrate novel solutions (city level) that enable the transformation/decarbonization of power networks (electricity, heating and cooling) - supporting fossil-based (e.g., coal) regions in transition

KO#4: Demonstrate novel solutions (city level) for electro-mobility integration into the grid and appropriate city planning measures facilitating grid flexibility, reduce curtailment of the energy system and promote decarbonization

KO#5: Demonstrate the transformation of cities in delivering more efficient citizen services boosting economic growth with ultra-modern ICT solutions and integration of City Information Platforms

KO#6: Demonstrate citizen-centric Positive Energy Districts enabling active citizen participation and empowerment through an open innovation ecosystem allowing for citizens co-creation

KO#7: Demonstrate novel solutions (city level) that support safer and resilient cities, also facilitating the development and implementation of proactive Climate Adaptation strategies

KO#8: Design and test business models that are viable and financeable and develop robust investment concepts attracting appropriate sources of capital blending public funding with private financing.

KO #9: Monitor the performance of deployed solutions for at least 3 years and assess the foreseen benefits with a Life Cycle Assessment and air quality modelling for enhancing future district/city design and decision making

KO#10: Identify critical regulatory, legal, data security/protection, gender and socio-economical aspects and barriers and propose practical recommendations on how to overcome them.

KO#11: Maximize the impact and geographical reach of RESPONSE, through the deployment of communication channels and synergies with other SCC Projects, EIP-SCC and relevant EU level initiatives.