The project’s overarching goals are to:
using existing knowledge built by Smart Cities Projects, offering well-proven and cost-effective solutions packages, scalable by design to cities across Europe. Second, ASCEND will develop solutions packages across the entire life of the district: from design to implementation and maintenance. Third, the project will create a PCEDs replication wave in our eight partnering cities by iterating between the development of solutions packages and deployment in LHCs and Multiplier Cities (MCs) during the project. MCs will achieve impact by bootstrapping their PCEDs during the project. Finally, ASCEND will trigger a PCED wave through outcome-driven collaboration with EC initiatives: Climate-Neutral and Smart City Mission, Covenant of Mayors, Smart Cities Marketplace, Scalable Cities.
Additionally, it will deploy City Alliances in the eight participating cities, targeting small municipalities, not used to European projects.
Energy Cities’ main role is to amplify PCED results for Lighthouse Cities and Multiplyer Cities. This entails coordinating and organizing:
This project is funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Union.