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SINFONIA- Low carbon cities for better living

SINFONIA aims at developing and testing new technology for the creation of smart and energy efficient cities which reduces energy demand by 50%. Demonstration measures e.g. refurbishments and smart grids in Innsbruck and Bolzano, are combined with the development of tools for simulation and analys of energy systems in cities.

Aim and goal

SINFONIA aims at demonstrating how integrated use of technical solutions can reduce energy demand in cities by 50% and increase the use of renewable energy sources´.


SINFONIA addresses the challenge of an ageing building stock and with a high and unsustainable consumption of non-renewable energy


SINFONIA meets the challenge by a combination of measures. Large scale demonstration projects are carried out in Innsbruck and Bolzano where some 20 buildings are being refurbished according to high energy efficiency standards. The refurbishment schemes are combined with local energy production, as well as the management of ventilation, heating and cooling. Smart energy supply and distribution tests are also implemented in the cities, which are connected to sensor systems for monitoring weather and local climate. District heating is expanded in both cities.

The implementation of the demonstration schemes require stakeholder communication and dialogue and high effort are devoted to gaining support and understanding of the schemes.

SINFONIA is also developing several analytical tools for energy efficiency and urban planning. Together, the tools are supporting strategic planning for sustainable urban development by improving the possibility to assess the effects on the energy system and energy demand by the introduction of different technical solutions. The tools are being tested in 5 cities in Europe; Borås, Rosenheim, La Rochelle, Sevilla and Pafos.


By the end of the project in 2020, SINFONIA will be able to provide several technical solutions for the creation of sustainable and energy efficient cities. The project will also have developed analysis tools which supports cities when planning and assessing effects of energy efficiency measures.


Project name





Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project


Project start


6 years

Total budget

€ 41 626 232


European Commission FP7

Project website


Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
13. Climate action
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