CIVIS - Cities as drivers of social change

October 22-23, 2013 (Bruxelles) - A kick off meeting launches the CIVIS project. The project, lead by the University of Trento, is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and sees the participation of Enel Foundation

CIVIS - Le città come guida del cambiamento sociale

Co-funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 SMARCITIES 2013), CIVIS is a three-years long project devoted to the development of an integrated ICT platform and a decision support system (DSS) able to achieve energy savings and CO2 reduction by enabling a close interaction between prosumers and other energy stakeholders.

The activities will be carried out by a consortium composed by twelve partners: University of Trento (Italy), Aalto Korkeakoulusaatio (Finland), Enel Foundation (Italy), Imperial College (United Kingdom), Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal), Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden), Santer Reply (Italy), Nederlande Organisatie Voor Toegepast (Netherlands), Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands), Create- Net (Italy),Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy).

The project is structured into nine workpackages (WP): Overall design of the smart energy cities - requirements - (WP1), Energy and ICT system analysis of pilot sites -assessment- (WP2), Enabling smart social participation (WP3), Integration and deployment of the ICT system level (WP4), Community participation: social, regulatory and institutional dimensions (WP5), Definition of business models for an emerging social decentralized energy system (WP6), Testing the energy performance of proposed smart grid/ICT installations (WP7), Dissemination, awareness and exploitation (WP8), Project management and dissemination (WP9).

Enel Foundation is WP8 leader and takes part in WP6 and WP9 activities. The activities will end in September 2016.

The expected impacts of CIVIS refer to three thematic areas:

  1. Enabling a more efficient, sustainable and CO2-aware energy system in cities
    Through the deep involvement of the social system and leveraging on community-based dynamics in the energy system, dimensions such as peer pressure, sense of belonging, identity or social responsibility will (i) foster the adoption of more energy-aware behaviours (ii) raise awareness, through smart accounting systems, of the impact of CO 2 emissions and of the impact of advanced ICT.

  2. Energy related Social Innovation Impacts
    By allowing the social system to characterize itself in terms of multiple values, CIVIS will enable communities, interest groups, business and non-business players the possibility to decide how to allocate energy according to shared goals, intents and beliefs. This will foster the arising of new forms of social aggregations able to enact new forms of energy eco-systems.

  3. New ICT enabled Business Models
    The structure of the energy provisioning service chain is changing due to the joint action of (i) the opening up of energy and electricity markets (ii) technological innovations related to, e.g., renewable energy sources or electric vehicles. The technology developed in CIVIS will pave the way to the arising of new actors in the value creation process, in particular related to the possibility for users to decide on the usage of the energy they generate.

Lidia Seravalli took part, on behalf of Enel Foundation, to the internal kick off meeting, where she presented the actions that the Foundation will be responsible of: dissemination and stakeholder engagement.

CIVIS - Le città come guida del cambiamento sociale
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