RESPONSE – integRatEd Solutions for POsitive eNergy and reSilient CitiEs

  • Dates: October 2020 – September 2025
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RESPONSE supports the Lighthouse cities of Dijon (FR) and Turku (FI) and their Fellow cities Brussels (BE), Zaragoza (ES), Botosani (RO), Ptolemaida (GR), Gabrovo (BU) and Severodonetsk (UA) to facilitate them deliver positive energy blocks and districts. Through RESPONSE ,the two LHs will achieve a local RES penetration of 11.2 GWh/y, energy savings of 3,090 MWh/y and an emission reduction of 9, 799 tons CO2eq/y within their districts. To achieve this goal, RESPONSE demonstrates 10 Integrated Solutions (ISs), comprising of 86 innovative elements (technologies, tools, methods), that are being monitored with specific impact metrics (KPIs). It attracts the interest of various stakeholders by generating innovative business models enabling the upscale and replication of the solutions forming a validated roadmap for sustainable cities across Europe and beyond. RESPONSE adopts an energy transition strategy, which includes 5 Transformation Axes (TAs), encompassing the 10 ISs. TA#1 focuses on transforming existing and new building stock into Energy Positive and Smart-ready. TA#2 focuses on the decarbonization of the electricity grid and the district heating/cooling systems, supporting fossil-based regions in transition and the development of energy communities. TA#3 proposes grid flexibility strategies and novel storage systems for optimizing energy flows, maximize self-consumption and reduce grid stress. TA#4 links existing CIPs with apps and other digital infrastructure to enable digitalisation of services and connected city ecosystems, integrating also smart e-Mobility to promote the decarbonisation of the mobility sector. TA#5 offers interdisciplinary citizen engagement and co-creation practices putting citizen at the forefront of shaping the cities they live in and towards the development of each city’s 2050 own bold city-vision. Special focus is given to creating resilient and safe cities increasing quality of life and lowering the impacts of climate change.


  • Demonstrate novel solutions transforming the building stock into energy efficient, maximising RES harvesting.
  • Demonstrate novel solutions transforming mixed-use urban districts, with high shares of locally produced renewable energy offering grid flexibility and stability through energy management and storage.
  • Demonstrate novel solutions (city level) that enable the transformation/decarbonization of power networks (electricity, heating and cooling) – supporting fossil-based (e.g. coal) regions in transition.


  • CIRCE will assess holistically how the project addresses the challenges and goals set during the preparation phase to provide the evidence-base for maximizing the impact of RESPONSE project towards achieving energy transition creating PEBs and PEDs.
  • More specifically, CIRCE will conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in order to assess the global environment and economic benefits and drawbacks of the PEDs/PEBs and solutions implemented within the project and will study the social impact caused by citizen participation and engagement in the energy transition process.
  • Besides, CIRCE will develop a multi-criteria scoring system to support the energy assessment of RESPONSE and other European cities. In addition, CIRCE will support the Follower City of Zaragoza in the replication assessment of RESPONSE Integrated Solutions the PEDs proposed and to elaborate the 2050 City Vision.


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