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RESPONSE Activities

RESPONSE Lighthouse and Fellow Cities selected for NetZeroCities Programme

PED Dijon

The NetZeroCities Programme has announced the 53 Pilot Cities that have been selected for its launch year. The RESPONSE Lighthouse Cities of Dijon (FR) and Turku (FI), as well as one of the Fellow Cities, Zaragoza (ES), are among those selected as on the path to full decarbonisation.

PED Turku

Each selected Pilot City has identified pathways towards climate neutrality, taking action on bespoke combinations of six main domains: energy; waste management; land use; electricity for buildings; industrial processes; and mobility and transport. On this journey, each Pilot City will align their activities with existing and new partnerships, initiatives and goals to maximise outcomes and impact.

Zaragoza - RESPONSE Fellow City

Each of the 53 cities have an ambitions to pave the way for a climate-proof future in Europe and to scale up solutions for replication in other cities. They represent 21 different EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries, and were chosen out of a total of 103 applications involving 159 cities.

Read the complete article here.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação

RESPONSE Consortium Meeting in Turku, Finland - June 6th to 8th, 2023

The RESPONSE Consortium Meeting gathered the project partners, including the Lighthouse Cities and Fellow Cities, in the city of Turku from June 6th to 8th, 2023. It was an excellent forum to collaborate and exchange views on project implementation, citizen engagement and replication of the project outputs. The first day was dedicated to ensuring that the project was being implemented as planned. The meeting thus kicked off with a presentation on the project progress, after which partners discussed the monitoring of implemented solutions, future project communication and continued citizen engagement measures. In the afternoon, a site visit to the Kakolanmäki wastewater treatment plant was organized. At the plant, partners learned more about the heat pump and the water treatment processes at Kakolanmäki.

Kakolanmäki wastewater treatment plant

On the second day, the focus shifted to replication in Fellow and Lighthouse Cities, and to the technical energy and ICT solutions being implemented in RESPONSE. The partners presented the solutions that have been implemented in the Positive Energy District (PED) area in Turku, followed by a guided tour in the PED area.

PED in Turku

On the last day of the meeting, partners discussed future collaboration methods and considered different climate adaptation measures that could be implemented in Turku. During the adaptation workshop, local stakeholders were invited to exchange views with partners from Fellow Cities. to learn more about different adaptation strategies and challenges posed by a changing climate.

RESPONSE consortium partners

Text and Photos: Helmi Andersson (City of Turku)


RESPONSE 3rd Webinar - Positive Energy Building Systems

On December 7th, 2022, RESPONSE hosted the third webinar, RESPONSE – Positive Energy Building Systems. The webinar aimed to raise public awareness of the RESPONSE project, establish new cooperations among organisations, and to facilitate learning and knowledge exchange processes, particularly between Lighthouse Cities and Fellow Cities. The webinar was well-attended by a range of organisations, and can be watched here. Further, here you can find the presentations used during the webinar.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação

Horizon Magazine – “Finnish and French cities chart Europe’s path to clean energy” article about RESPONSE

In an interview about Europe’s path to clean energy, Monjur Murshed and David Goujon from EIFER – European Institute for Energy Research, talked about RESPONSE to the Horizon Magazine. The 2 coordinators of the project shared how Turku and Dijon, the Lighthouse Cities of RESPONSE, are among a group of cities seeking to become climate-neutral by 2030, a full two decades before the European goal.

Read here the full article.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação


RESPONSE Project Featured in France 3 News Report

The RESPONSE Project was featured in a news report by the France 3 Channel. The Positive Energy District of Fontaine D’Ouche in Dijon was displayed as an example for European cities in terms of energy savings with unprecedented thermal renovation through the installation of solar panels and improvement of the district heating networks.

Watch here the news report.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação

RESPONSE Participation in Events

RESPONSE at Tech4SmartCities Event in Brussels (November 2022)

Lea Kleinenkuhnen from the City of Brussels presented RESPONSE, including a testimony on what it is like to participate in an EU-funded project and international consortium.
Tech4SmartCities is a This B2B that focuses on Sustainable and Smart Technologies for Cities and invites participants to discover multiple business and cooperation opportunities in the field of urban mobility, energy performance, sustainable construction, circularity, low carbon economy and digital transformation.

City of Brussels

RESPONSE at the Scalable Cities & MatchUP Project Event in March 2023

                                                                                                                       RESPONSE at the Valencia Joint Event

On March 29th and 30th, 2023, the “Valencia Joint Event” organized by the MatchUP Project and Scalable Cities, took place at Las Naves in the city of Valencia, Spain. The event included a panel on the 100 Mission Cities of NetZeroCities, outcomes of the MatchUp Project, discussion workshops on scaling the solutions packaged under various topics, and site visits to Valencia traffic control room, humble lampposts, Energy Office and Smart Buildings, as well as meetings of the Scalable Cities task groups CCG / Replication / Monitoring and Business Models & Financing.

City of Turku

RESPONSE at the European Energy Transition Conference: Energy and energy transition event for local authorities in May 2023

RESPONSE at the European Energy Transition Conference

Dijon Métropole presented a workshop on the afternoon of May 23th, 2023: Draw your Positive Energy District! The workshop highlighted the design by Dijon Métropole and EDF to introduce the RESPONSE project using a board game suitable for adults and children. With the help of an animator, players are immersed in the experience of designing a project to convert the Fontaine d’Ouche district into a positive energy district.

Dijon Métropole

RESPONSE Lighthouse Cities Activities

RESPONSE Energy Hackathon in Turku 


How can we get people to pay attention to energy issues and monitor the impact of their behaviour? How can people be motivated to save energy? These were some of the questions addressed at a hackathon in the city of Turku on April 28th and 29th, 2023, organized by the RESPONSE project. The event had teams from different fields, from engineers to art students, with a mission to help people become more energy-aware. The contestants were given inspirational speeches from Turku Energia and SITRA, the Finnish Independence Fund, as food for thought regarding energy in everyday life.

Eight projects with variety of ideas regarding waste management, sustainable mobility and energy consumption participated the competition and the jury chose four of them for prizes. The teams prepared video pitches about their solutions - you can watch them here (automatic subtitles only). The winners were then announced June 19th. The winner concerned every day demand response and how to engage citizens to use energy when it is mostly produced with renewable sources. This also contributes in savings in energy costs. The winning team received 10 000 Euros to implement the idea.

The technical hackathon centered around building GUI or APP for an energy management is now open. This event is a fantastic opportunity for students and professionals in the energy industry to come together and develop innovative solutions that could make a real difference in managing energy consumption. By collaborating with experts in the field and participating in hands-on activities, attendees will be able to enhance their skills, network with industry professionals, and develop valuable insights into the energy sector. Read more here.

City of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação. Photo: City of Turku

The RESPONSE project meets Dijon inhabitants

RESPONSE at the Europe Village

An interactive model created by the RESPONSE project was exhibited at the Europe Village on May 10th, 2023 in Dijon city centre, and then continued its tour at the Association Festival on May 13th as part of Jours de Fête in Fontaine d'Ouche. These were successful events aimed at improving the understanding of the the project and raising awareness of climate issues. 

Dijon Métropole

A RESPONSE Workshop on the Streets

RESPONSE workshop in Dijon

What solutions can support the energy transition of the Fontaine d'Ouche district? This was the theme of the "Design your positive energy district" workshop, organised on April 4th, 2023 in Fontaine d’Ouche. This open-air meeting brought together the municipal representatives of the district and a wide range of inhabitants curious to learn more about the ins-and-outs of the RESPONSE Project. This was a new type of workshop which will be repeated in the near future.

Dijon Métropole

RESPONSE Consortium Partners Activities

Comillas Pontifical University

Participation in the next IEEE PowerTech Conference that will be hosted in Belgrade, Serbia, next June. In the paper, the Comillas Pontifical University presents some preliminary scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) results obtained with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Toolkit developed in the RESPONSE Project.

Title of the paper: Scalability analysis of a wireless M-Bus system for smart metering and sensoring Authors: Nestor Rodriguez Perez (Comillas Pontifical University), Javier Matanza Domingo (Comillas Pontifical University), Gregorio López López (Comillas Pontifical University), Mitra Hajigholi (Kiona) Abstract: Wireless M-Bus communication protocol has emerged as one way of implementing smart metering for smart grids and cities. To determine possible applications of this technology in these contexts, its scalability and replicability potential must be analysed so that its limitations can be considered.This paper studies the scalability performance of a wireless M-Bus that collects data from sensors deployed at dwellings in a cluster of buildings of the city of Turku, as part of the RESPONSE project. The simulation model developed for this analysis considered building obstacles and the retransmission scheme of wireless M-Bus. To assess performance, three main indicators were used: delivery ratio, message error ratio, and gross delivery ratio. Simulation results show how the position of the data collector, the number of sensors deployed, and the area to be covered, have an impact on the different performance indicators. The wireless M-Bus system is found to be highly scalable in density for a reduced area. For large area deployments, performance declines dramatically, regardless of the position of the data collector. Future research may compare results when considering different propagation models and also when changing environment characteristics such as walls’ width.

The shareable version of the paper will be available soon at the RESPONSE website.

Text: Comillas Pontifical University. Photo: PowerTech Belgrade 2023



RESPONSE 4th Webinar
September 2023

The RESPONSE project is organising its 4th Webinar, focused on the topic “Air Pollution – A Global Health Emergency” and including the RESPONSE tools and innovative solutions for Air Quality. The webinar will be held in September 2023. We invite you to join this informative webinar.

Agenda and Speakers:

RESPONSE Lighthouse City: City of Turku
- "High-resolution operative air quality forecasting system for Turku Student village" - Jukka-Pekka Keskinen (FMI)

• RESPONSE Lighthouse City: City of Dijon
"New insights into air quality management in the frame of the RESPONSE project: example of Dijon Metropolis - Air quality management for decision-makers and air quality stakeholders: the Air Quality Handbook to help them" - Itimade Ouakka (Atmo BFC)
- "Empowerment of citizens on air quality: the Bike as a sensor action to raise awareness" - Mathieu Boilleaut (Atmo BFC)
"Indoor air quality: Multi Sensors Smart IAQ probe with Intuitive AQ supervision indexes and optimal ventilation and T° control" - Olivier Martimort (NanoSense)
- "Outdoor air quality monitoring improvement: Integration of in-situ measurements into very high-resolution model to better forecast air quality" - Nadège Allegri-Martiny (UBFC)

• Activities and expectations from the Fellow Cities (Fellow cities of Zaragoza and Gabrovo)
- "When our kids measure the air they breathe. Citizen engagement as key for transformation" - Breogan Sanchez (ZGZ) City of Zaragoza
- "Integrated smart system for real-time monitoring of air quality, noise, radiation, water level and water quality and creating engagement among citizens" - Svetoslav Mateev - Municipality of Gabrovo

Stay tuned for the date and how to register!


RESPONSE will participate in the Joint EU-level booth at SCEWC 2023 in Barcelona (November 7th to 9th)

The Smart City ExpoWorld Congress is the world’s leading event for cities which gathers leader from the most innovative companies, governments and organisations to move cities towards a better future. RESPONSE will be represented on the joint EU-level booth together with around 20 intiatives and projects carried out in European territories and working on positive energy districts, citizen engagement, sustainable mobility, climate neutral and smart city…Stay tuned for more information on RESPONSE sessions !

View the event here.

The RESPONSE workshop for EU Week of Regions and Cities 2023 has been selected! Join us in October in Brussels to learn more about the positive energy districts of Dijon and Turku.

View the event here.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement nº 957751. The document represents the view of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility: it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). The European Commission and the Agency do not accept responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

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