Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS

Project: EU project

Project Details


Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS demonstrates and validates technically and socioeconomically viable and replicable, innovative solutions for rolling out smart, integrated positive energy systems for the transition to a citizen centred zero carbon & resource efficient economy. SPARCS facilitates the participation of buildings to the energy market enabling new services and a virtual power plant concept, creating VirtualPositiveEnergy communities as energy democratic playground (positive energy districts can exchange energy with energy entities located outside the district). Seven cities will demonstrate 100+ actions turning buildings, blocks, and districts into energy prosumers. Impacts span economic growth, improved quality of life, and environmental benefits towards the EC policy framework for climate and energy, the SET plan and UN Sustainable Development goals. SPARCS co-creation brings together citizens, companies, research organizations, city planning and decisionmaking entities, transforming cities to carbon-free inclusive communities. Lighthouse cities Espoo (FI) and Leipzig (DE) implement large demonstrations. Fellow cities Reykjavik (IS), Maia (PT), Lviv (UA), Kifissia (EL) and Kladno (CZ) prepare replication with hands-on feasibility studies. SPARCs identifies bankable actions to accelerate market uptake, pioneers innovative, exploitable governance and business models boosting the transformation processes, joint procurement procedures and citizen engaging mechanisms in an overarching city planning instrument toward the bold City Vision 2050. SPARCS engages 30 partners from 8 EU Member States (FI, DE, PT, CY, EL, BE, CZ, IT) and 2 non-EU countries (UA, IS), representing key stakeholders within the value chain of urban challenges and smart, sustainable cities bringing together three distinct but also overlapping knowledge areas: (i) City Energy Systems, (ii) ICT and Interoperability, (iii) Business Innovation and Market Knowledge.
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/09/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • City of Espoo
  • City of Leipzig
  • Municipality of Maia
  • City of Reykjavik
  • City of Kladno
  • Municipality of Kifissia
  • Lviv City Council
  • Kone Oyj
  • Siemens Oy
  • Plugit Finland Oy
  • Kiinteistö Oy Lippulaiva
  • Finnish Association of Civil Engineers RIL
  • Adven Oy
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
  • WSL Wohnen & Service Leipzig GmbH
  • Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH
  • Cenero Energy GmbH
  • seecon Ingenieure GmbH
  • Leipzig University
  • Sociedade Portuguesa Inovação, Consultadoria Empresarial e Fomento da Inovação, S.A.
  • CNET – Centre for New Energy Technologies SA
  • Reykjavik Energy
  • Czech Technical University (CTU)
  • Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited
  • National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)
  • LvivAvtoDor KP
  • GOPA Com.
  • Motor Oil Hellas A.E.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • PED
  • smart cities
  • Energy system integration
  • energy
  • E-mobility
  • ICT
  • energy efficient buildings
  • demonstration
  • business models
  • KPI
  • H2020-EU.