+CityxChange Project Launched in Limerick
Last week, Limerick City and County Council hosted an event where Richard Bruton T.D (Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment) officially launched the +CityxChange Project. The project is funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) together with the Lighthouse Cities Trondheim and Limerick. FAC’s Data Analytics and Project Management experts lead the Monitoring and Evaluation Work Package for the prestigious H2020 project.
Launching the project, Minister Bruton said: “I have set the ambition for Ireland to become a leader in Climate Action and today Limerick is becoming an EU leader. Positively managing energy is pioneering thinking from Limerick City and I hope that this programme will influence our other cities and towns to do the same. The Government’s Climate Action Plan has set a target for 70% renewable energy by 2030 and it is only through ambitious programmes like +CityxChange that this will be achieved. Since the foundation of the state the mid west region has been to the forefront of renewable energy with the Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric Power Station and I commend Limerick City and County Council for continuing that tradition today.”
FAC are delighted to be working with the Limerick team, including Project Coordinator Dr. Mihai Bilauca of Limerick City and County Council. Commenting on the impact of the project, Dr. Bilauca noted: “Climate change is everywhere and everyone has a role to play in this. From a Limerick perspective, we are really proud to have been selected for what is a revolutionary EU programme that will transform the Georgian neighbourhood into positive energy district, a district that creates more energy than it consumes. In turn, this will give a lead to other cities across Europe and beyond as to how to play their part in tackling climate change.
“This is a huge opportunity for us because Limerick will become the example on how to transition from the traditional energy market of large and few energy generators, especially those harmful to the environment, to the new model of many micro generators of clean energy. The micro generators in this pilot programme will be the people and the building owners in the Georgian neighbourhood.
FAC are looking forward to launching the dashboard that will visualise the data submitted by the cities which will facilitate the achievement of the project’s KPIs. If you have questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Managing Director Dr. William Hynes or Head of European Research, Dr. Sheryl Lynch via firstname.lastname@example.org
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