Lessons learned from the Growsmarter project

Growsmarter lessons learned
  • Smart energy management

After 5 years deploying smart energy solutions in three European cities (Barcelona, Cologne and Stockholm), the H2020 GrowSmarter project is now coming to an end. It is therefore time to share the lessons learnt from the implementation of real demonstrators.

It is time to share the lessons learnt from the implementation of real demonstrators.

The project demonstrates that high energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction are possible if smart energy solutions and management are combined, and it highlights the importance of following an end-user centered approach for solutions to be really effective and replicable.

IREC participated in the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) on Nov 20th 2019 as the coordinator of the work package “Low Energy Districts” in the Growsmarter project, and explained the scope of action of the project and shared the key outcomes of the smart solutions applied in buildings of the three lighthouse European cities. 

GrowSmarter has contributed to making districts more efficient in the three partner cities by retrofitting more than 100,000 m² of residential floor and 21,000 m² of tertiary floor. The resulting City KPIs have been a total reduction of 30% in the yearly purchased final energy by the buildings participating in Barcelona; 37% reduction in Cologne; and 64% reduction in Stockholm. The total annual carbon dioxide emissions of the buildings participating in the project have in turn been reduced by 28% in Barcelona, 57% in Cologne, and 70% in Stockholm.

On the same day, the City of Stockholm won the Award “World Smart City 2019” partly due to its coordination of the GrowSmarter project during the last five years. With the World Smart City Awards, the SCEWC recognizes pioneering projects, ideas and strategies that promote sustainable urban development worldwide. 

This project has received funding from the EU’s H2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement number 646456. 

More information on the webpage: http://www.grow-smarter.eu/