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OVERVIEW - Energy Solutions for Smart Cities and Communities: Learning from CONCERTO

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OVERVIEW - Energy Solutions for Smart Cities and Communities: Learning from...

OVERVIEW - Energy Solutions for Smart Cities and Communities: Learning from...

This overview article describes the initiative's Technical Monitoring Database, documentary video series, comprehensive good practice and recommendation reports – valuable resources for decision makers. This monitoring and analysis was carried out by the CONCERTO Premium project.

The CONCERTO initiative aims to demonstrate that the energy-optimisation of districts and communities as a whole is more cost-effective than treating each building individually. A key success factor is that all relevant stakeholders work together and integrate different energy technologies in a smart way. The results of the initiative pave the way for the Smart Cities initiative of the EU.


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What can Smart Cities learn from CONCERTO?

CONCERTO is an initiative of the European Commission's DG ENER within the European Research Framework Programme (FP6 and FP7). 58 cities and communities in 23 European countries have participated in 22 projects co-funded by the CONCERTO initiative since 2005. The CONCERTO conference in October 2013 showed how CONCERTO has paved the way for the Smart Cities initiative. Conclusions and presentations are available at

A Smart City and Community integrates industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), etc.


The Technical Monitoring Database

As part of the CONCERTO initiative, the CONCERTO Premium project was developed with the specific objective of gathering, analysing and presenting the data produced by the CONCERTO initiative. The Technical Monitoring Database, developed by the CONCERTO Premium team – consisting of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – offers a wide variety of information such as an overview of energy efficiency measures implemented or technologies used in CONCERTO projects, relating to new buildings or refurbished buildings and energy supply units. Users can select from the 58 CONCERTO cities and communities via a map or specific filters like city, country, type of building, Energy Supply Unit (ESU) capacity (for electricity, heating, cooling), energy carrier, several indicators for buildings or ESUs, by target group, topic or occasion – enabling precise search.


The video clips on energy solutions for smart cities and communities

The 58 CONCERTO cities and communities demonstrate new and real models for smart cities and communities with good examples of sustainable district development and refurbishment in buildings. 14 video clips have been finalised and are available in 6 languages: EN, DE, ES, FR, IT and PL. All of the video clips introduce a kaleidoscope of fascinating characters including representatives of local authorities, city planners, city commissioners for energy management, teenagers, residents of retrofitted buildings and more. All participants have been involved in CONCERTO in some way.


Publications coming soon

The CONCERTO Premium team has worked alongside the CONCERTO projects for the last three years. Data have been collected from all of the projects for the Technical Monitoring Database. Analysis and overall outputs are presented in several publications. Upcoming publications will cover the following topics:

  • Energy solutions for smart cities and communities - Lessons learnt from the 58 pilot cities of the CONCERTO initiative
  • Energy solutions for smart cities and communities - Evaluation of (smart) solutions - Guidebook for assessment
  • Energy solutions for smart cities and communities - Recommendations for policy makers from the 58 pilots of the CONCERTO initiative


Get the CONCERTO augmented reality APP!

Experience the impact of sustainable construction and renewable energy sources.

The CONCERTO APP shows how to combine energy efficiency measures and renewables to make a neighbourhood fit for the low-carbon future. The application is available as an augmented reality app for iOS and Android, but also as touch navigation in common 3D for Windows (desktop version).


The BUILD UP embedded page on CONCERTO website

CONCERTO Premium has been a member of the interactive BUILD UP portal since 2011 and has greatly benefited from embedding selected BUILD UP News and BUILD UP Events directly on the CONCERTO website. Click here for your BUILD UP embedded page: