Espoo to participate in an important EU project – grand opening on Monday 7 October 2019

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2019-10-07 8:30

Espoo will participate in an international EU project that promotes energy efficiency and electromobility. Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä will attend the opening ceremony of the SPARCs project on Monday, 7 October 2019.
“This is a highly significant EU project in the field of urban development. It is an excellent match to Espoo’s climate goals and our status as a pioneer in sustainable development," Mäkelä says.

The SPARCs project, a smart city initiative that brings together 31 partners with the common goal of creating a network of Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon Communities, is officially kicking off on October 1st, 2019. Following the kick-off, the project partners will gather at a General Assembly in Espoo, Finland on October 11th, 2019.

In Espoo, the five-year project will initially focus on the areas around the Lippulaiva shopping centre in Espoonlahti, the Sello shopping centre in Leppävaara and the Kera district. However, the best practices will be implemented on a larger scale. Espoo has formed a consortium with Adven, Citycon, Kone, Plug-IT Finland, the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers RIL and Siemens to develop new solutions.

The project will provide systematic support for urban transformation and community engagement in two Lighthouse Cities - Espoo (Finland) and Leipzig (Germany). The solutions developed in the Lighthouse Cities will be closely followed in five Fellow Cities: Maia (Portugal), Kifissia (Greece), Reykjavik (Iceland), Kladno (Czech Republic) and Lviv (Ukraine) with the aim of further replication.

SPARCs is set to trigger urban transformation while keeping a high quality of life for citizens in the 7 cities. The 5-year project will support the participating cities in developing a shared bold City Vision 2050, with a focus on digitalisation, sustainable energy, improved air quality, electro-mobility solutions, and a framework for performance monitoring of the developed solutions. A top priority will be to set up inclusive management and planning models as well as ecosystems and processes together with companies, city planning and technical departments, research organisations, and most importantly, work together with the citizens. In SPARCs, citizens are at the centre of the decision-making process and the project ensures that citizens are aware of all the activities.

“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.

Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä spoked at the opening ceremony of the SPARCs project
Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä will attend the opening ceremony of the SPARCs project on Monday, 7 October 2019.

For more information:

Elina Wanne, Project manager, City of Espoo, tel. 040 552 4209, elina.wanne@espoo.fi

Dr. Francesco Reda, Project coordinator, VTT, francesco.reda@vtt.fi

Veronika Cerna, Communications Leader, GOPA Com., veronika.cerna@gopacom.eu

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