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Introducing SPARCS

Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS (SPARCS), demonstrates and validates technically and socio-economically viable and scalable solutions, for the planning and rollout of user-driven, smart and integrated energy solutions for the transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. Our seven cities will demonstrate about 100 actions turning single buildings, blocks, and districts, into energy prosumers. The impacts span economic growth, improved citizens’ quality of life, and environmental impact trajectories towards the EC policy framework for climate and energy, the SET-Plan and the UN Sustainable Development goals. SPARCS targets a 64% carbon emission reduction, 65% increase in the share of RES, and 53% of energy savings, bringing together citizens, companies, research organizations, city planning and technical departments and decision-making entities, transforming cities to carbon-free inclusive communities through co-creation. Lighthouse cities Espoo (FI) and Leipzig (DE), implement large demonstrations. Fellow cities Reykjavik (IS), Maia (PT), Lviv (UA), Kifissia (EL) and Kladno (CZ) prepare for local replication through hands-on feasibility studies.

Among these, SPARCS identifies bankable actions for accelerating market uptake, pioneers innovative and exploitable governance and business models boosting the transformation processes, innovative joint procurement procedures and citizen engaging mechanisms in an overarching city planning instrument calibrated toward the bold City Vision for 2050. SPARCS engages 30 partners across 8 EU Member States (FI, DE, PT, CY, EL, BE, CZ, IT) and 2 non-EU countries (UA, IS). The consortium represents key stakeholders within the value chain of urban challenges and smart, sustainable cities that bring together three distinct but also overlapping, knowledge areas: (i) City Energy Systems, (ii) ICT and Interoperability, (iii) Business Innovation and Market Knowledge.

"By enabling, informing and supporting efficient urban transformation in the Lighthouse Cities, we anticipate that the SPARCS project will have a major positive impact on driving forward the sustainable energy and zero carbon agenda, and generate targeted and effective solutions that can be replicated across and beyond Europe" said Project Coordinator Francesco Reda.

"City of Espoo has been nominated the most sustainable city in Europe and our city strategy holds that as a main header. Firstly, we want to be able to share our knowledge and solutions to other cities, secondly, we think that learning from others is key to success and thirdly fruitful collaboration can create new projects and initiatives. In SPARCS we have great partners working together, Espoo is proud to be part of this group" said our partners from the city of Espoo.

"Leipzig is part of SPARCS because we want to shape our CO2 neutral city together with our local partners" shared with us our partners from the city of Leipzig.

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We have relaunched the SPARCS website!

Our new online platform will serve as the main hub for all the SPARCS replication, communication and dissemination activities.


In Espoo work at all demonstration sites has started and we are very much looking forward to the first results in the fall. In the meantime city of Espoo has been preparing a voluntary local review on how the United Nations’ sustainable development goals are reached, together with the Prime Minister’s office of Finland and the city of Turku. It will not only describe the work done by the city but also how the city collaborates and engages other stakeholders including citizens.

The voluntary local review will be published in June 2020.

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There are three 22kW electric car charging stations installed in the Spinnerei District in Leipzig. One of these stations is reserved for the use of TeilAuto, a car-sharing service. TeilAuto is a car-sharing provider founded in 1992 as an ecologically oriented association.

In the future, the stations will be supplied with electricity from solar PV cells and a combined heat and power station integrated with a storage system to ensure a constant sustainable supply. There are plans to install further charging stations in the Spinnerei District due to a positive response and high demand.

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Fellow city highlights

Why are we part of SPARCS?

We asked our five Fellow cities of Reykjavik (IS), Maia (PT), Lviv (UA), Kifissia (EL) and Kladno (CZ) why they decided to be part of the our SPARCS project.

Here is what they said:

Lviv: We expect the SPARCS project to be catalyser to improve energy efficiency and mobility in Lviv, giving the city a chance to ensure sustainable municipal development in these areas.
Reykjavik: The city of Reykjavik has the ambition to create a smart, resilient and energy-positive city, SPARCS will lead the pathway to accelerate the city’s ambitions and innovation capacity and simultaneously provide the support to become a carbon-neutral city by 2040.
Maia: The Municipality of Maia regards itself as a smart, energy-efficient, zero carbon community, committed to a long term transition process, also based on participative decision-making. For Maia, being part of SPARCS is a unique opportunity to deepen our ISI + I development strategy – Intelligent, Sustainable, Inclusive and Integrated, through a collective shared cloud of design thinking, know-how, leading practices and collaborative work, towards a 2050 vision of a carbon neutral and positive energy society.
Kladno: SPARCS might serve as knowledge “start-up” and it could help us to design complex and smart solutions in energy, climate and mobility areas, and thus to trigger a transformation of the city.
Kifissia: Within SPARCS Kifissia aims to set the foundations for becoming a smart city and for a carbon-free future.

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SmartEnCity Academy for Zero Carbon Transition - Lesson 3: "City Analysis & Diagnosis"


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