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Designing Smart and Resilient Cities for All


EU contribution
Total costs
Project type
Lighthouse project
Funding programme
SCC-1-2016-2017 - Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects


The European lighthouse cities Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå and 3 follower cities, Brno (Czech Republic), Gdansk (Poland) and Parma (Italy)  come together to combine ICT, e-mobility and energy solutions to create sustainable urban spaces.  Such actions could bring profound economic, social and environmental impacts for the cities, resulting in a better quality of life (including health and social cohesion), competitiveness, jobs and growth

RUGGEDISED strives to: 

  • Improving the quality of life of the citizens, by offering the citizens a clean, safe, attractive, inclusive and affordable living environment.
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of activities, by achieving a significant reduction of CO2 emissions, a major increase in the investment and usage of RES and an increase in the deployment of electric vehicles.
  • Creating a stimulating environment for sustainable economic development, by generating more sustainable jobs, stimulating community involvement in smart solutions and to boost start-up and existing companies to exploit the opportunities of the green digital economy and Internet of Things.

To achieve the aims, a key innovation challenge in all three lighthouse cities of RUGGEDISED is to arrange successful combinations of integrated smart solutions for energy and e-mobility (enabled by ICT platforms and open data protocols) and business models with the right incentives for stakeholders to invest and participate in a smart society. Specific challenges relevant for the lighthouse cities are:

  • to manage peak load variation in thermal and electrical energy supply and demand;
  • to develop appropriate cooperation structures and business models for exchange of energy;
  • to develop Smart City (open) data platforms and energy management systems

Three lighthouse project aim to provide their citizens with:

  • CO2 emission reduction, the total expected savings for the cumulative 182,000 m2 of buildings is 3.7 Mton CO2 per year
  • Renewable energy system increase 4670 MWh and CO2 reduction of 3840 tCO2/year
  • Reduce transport based CO2 emissions, on the basis of CO2 intensity of the European electricity grid of 540 g CO2/kWh
  • More than 1900 new jobs


Project demonstration sites

Fellow cities


Albert Engels
City of Rotterdam

Building aspects

  • Building Energy Services
  • cooling (only)
  • Building Energy Services
  • heating and cooling
  • Building Energy Services
  • heating and cooling and DHW
  • Building Energy Services
  • heating and DHW
  • Building Energy Services
  • lighting and appliances
  • Installed Renewable Energy Sources
  • photovoltaic
  • Technology used to supply the buildings
  • district heating (DH) network
  • Technology used to supply the buildings
  • electrical equipment
  • Technology used to supply the buildings
  • heat pump: compression
  • Technology used to supply the buildings
  • heat pump: reversible

Energy Carriers

  • Heat/district heat
  • Solar thermal energy
  • Waste heat

Energy Systems Types

  • Storage
  • Electrical Storage
  • Sustainable Generation
  • Waste heat

Mobility Type of Intervention

  • Infrastructure

Thematic Field

  • Energy System(s) Integration
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Mobility and Transport
  • New Building(s)
  • Refurbished Building(s)