In London, residents of Greenwich were incentivised through points-based rewards to change their energy consumption patterns and behaviour, to reduce pressure on the grid during peak times. These points could be exchanged for vouchers or contributions to local charities.
In Lisbon, schools competed for city funding to make their infrastructure environmentally responsible, through sustainability-focused equipment packages, or services to improve energy efficiency and encourage environmental awareness. More than 1200 users participated in the challenge.
In Milan, an online community called SharingMi was created, with almost 2000 users. Participants were urged to share ideas to develop awareness and action around city policies, such as the campaign for a plastic-free Milan, and a recent series of ‘stay at home’ eco challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The €25m project, funded by EU Horizon 2020, runs over six years between January 2016 and December 2021. Partners of the project are: Greater London Authority, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Comune di Milano, Ville de Bordeaux, Obshtina Burgas, Miasto Stoleczne Warszawa, Concirrus, Mastodon C, Danfoss, Kiwi, Transport for London, Lisboa E-Nova, Emel, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Reabilita, CEIIA, EDP, PT Innov, Politecnico di Milano, CEFRIEL, Poliedra, Legambiente, RSE, AMAT, ATM, Kyunsis, NHP, Teicos, A2A, Siemens IT, Urban DNA, Instytut Energetyki, Eurocities, Imperial College, Siemens UK.