TYS is taking part in the European commission’s RESPONSE project, funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, in which we are building a plan towards a climate-friendly and sustainable city by developing smart and carbon-neutral solutions of energy production, building technology and mobility. The project parties from Turku are the City of Turku, the Turku Student Village Foundation, Turku Energia, Turku City Data and Turku University of Applied Sciences.
The project’s pilot sites are ‘lighthouse cities’ Dijon (France) and Turku, which are both developing energy positive residential areas. Other partner cities are Brussels (Belgium), Zaragoza (Spain), Botoșani (Romania), Ptolemaida (Greece), Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and Severodonetsk (Ukraine).
In this project, the parties will implement energy-positive solutions integrated in the housing locations and apartments in the Turku Student Village. The goal of these solutions is to turn the Student Village into an energy-positive city district by producing 120–130% of the area’s energy consumption through environmentally friendly means.
In a nutshell, an energy-positive residential area refers to an area that generates more energy than it consumes on an annual level. The general goal of the RESPONSE project is to create flexible and safe cities while also improving the quality of life and mitigating the effects of climate change.
We held two virtual information events to the tenants of the Student Village regarding the RESPONSE project in December. In these events, we shared more information about the solutions to be implemented in the Student Village area and in the apartments as well as about the cooperation to be carried out with the tenants. Below you can find the presentations: