Smart City solutions implemented in Aarhus. The READY project is based on the following main principles:
- Resource and cost efficiency before other initiatives: resource efficiency has been selected as main priority: optimization of processes, recovery of energy/resources in all waste streams are carried out in the project.
- Green business model approach for integrated solutions, products and services presenting environmental benefits. The objective is to investigate replication possibilities for the solutions developed within READY and take into account the pros and cons in a lifecycle perspective.
- Integrated and sustainable planning of area transformation to go beyond the Danish and Swedish CO2-reduction objectives.·Innovative and integrated energy solutions to assess the optimal balance between individual and central system solutions to reach the goal of CO2neutral districts.
- Piloting hole city approach to enable the implementation of the solutions not only in the demonstration cities (Aarhus and Växjö) but the replication throughout central Europe.
With these principles in mind, the READY project has demonstrated optimised energy systems for high energy performance districts in two European cities: Aarhus (Denmark) and Växjö (Sweden). Both cities have a longstanding technical experience in the field and have been frontrunners for years in the implementation of energy efficiency and smart city initiatives. A third city acted as an observer community to learn from best practices of the project, particularly the green business model approach. The term business model has become the new reference concept when trying to strategically modify a commercial organisation or to create a new one. It is an important concept for the replication of the integrated sustainable solutions tested in READY, because sustainable solutions suffer from many barriers and it is difficult for innovative companies to interact in the best ways with this market. It is also difficult for cities interested in sustainable solutions to access to them and to benefit from the best technologies and services at a good cost-quality ratio.
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Deliverable no. D.8.3 Market assessment for READY set of solutions
Please contact: Camille Auriault, LGI Consulting