Sneinton has been identified as one of three demonstration areas for a European wide Smart Cities project called REMOURBAN.  The project is developing a model to show how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of our towns and cities.

A number of organisations across the city are working together to deliver this project which will create a sustainable energy future for Nottingham.  The partners include Nottingham Trent University, The City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Energy Partnership, Sasie Ltd, a local based renewable energy company, and Infohub Ltd, a system solution SME.

Over £5m of EU funding has been secured to improve the energy performance of homes, to establish new low-carbon transport and to implement smart technologies in Sneinton.  The funding for this project is from the EU smart cities funding stream and this project will be the subject of international research.

During 2016 and 2017 a variety schemes will be delivered to help citizens of Sneinton to be warmer and healthier, to reduce their energy bills, and to reduce their carbon emissions.

Actions under this project will include:

– treating over 400 Nottingham City Homes properties and private houses in the Windmill Lane area with energy saving measures such as insulation and LED lighting to make them warmer and reduce energy bills

– demonstrating an ultra-low energy standard on 9 houses (7 social, 2 private), so they will need almost no heating, and exploring the options to replicate this solution across the City

– extending the district heating network to 94 homes,

– piloting the concept of low temperature community heating, which could allow Nottingham to roll out its low carbon heat from waste to many more domestic properties in the future, at a much lower cost to the City.

– introducing a delivery hub for parcels, with carbon neutral transport for the last mile, reducing air pollution in the area

– extending the city car club to Sneinton bringing a parking bay and electric vehicle and charging point to the area.

– Developing other low carbon transport measures.

– testing innovative ways to fund and procure solutions which would make ultra-low energy standards achievable for more homes, without reliance on grant funding

There are five cities around Europe included in the project, trialling different urban regeneration models which could be replicated elsewhere in Nottingham and in other cities around the world.  The council will gain valuable data to help target future actions on fuel poverty and carbon emissions.  Other cities involved in the project are; Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (Turkey), Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary).

Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said:  “We are delighted to have secured this European funding for Nottingham, the City Council is utilising this money to support the Greener HousiNG delivery programme that we jointly deliver with Nottingham City Homes, our involvement in this project has brought much needed funds to the Windmill Lane area in Sneinton.  We have targeted hard-to-treat houses that have little insulation and are expensive to keep warm.  The funding will enable us to deliver external wall insulation and other energy saving measures.”

“The REMOURBAN concept is a great fit with the council’s commitments to tackle both fuel poverty and to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions. We are really excited about this project and the potential for the energy saving measures to be rolled out across our city and cities across the world.  Once again Nottingham has a leading part to play as Europe plans for a more sustainable energy future.”

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said:  “Nottingham is currently a key partner in a number of Smart City initiatives in both Europe and in Jaipur in India.  Our involvement in these partnerships

will not only help shape our strategy to become the UK’s greenest transport city but also inform other cities across Europe and the world on how to develop sustainable transport.  We have also recently secured a share of a £6m fund to develop an electric vehicle charging network and a city centre Clean Air Zone to improve air quality.  Nottingham’s transport options are set to get a lot greener.”

“For Sneinton citizens the REMOURBAN funded low carbon transport solutions will improve the connectivity of the area and improve its air quality and while reducing the need and costs associated with owning a vehicle.”

Dr Anton Ianakiev, a reader in civil engineering at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are very proud to lead this project with the city council and all the other partners. Not only does it serve as the basis for insightful research into how existing UK housing stock can be retrospectively insulated en masse, but it will help change the lives of hundreds of Nottingham residents by providing them with warmer and more sustainable homes.

“The Remourban project adds to the growing evidence of how Nottingham is becoming a world pioneer of sustainability and will enhance the city’s reputation even further by making it a showcase for energy efficiency, low-carbon transport and smart technology integration.”

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Nottingham has an enviable track record on ‘green’ initiatives. The city is already home to the UK’s most extensive district heating system, an award-winning green transport network and has set up a wholly-owned fully licensed energy company Robin Hood Energy – a UK first. There have also been schemes to retrofit insulation and fit solar panels onto thousands of council-owned properties, proving the local commitment to cleaner energy. The number of low-carbon private sector businesses in Nottingham is also growing. Currently, over 450 small businesses in the county work in the industry employing 7,100 people, and these numbers are set to grow.

Greener HousiNG is a major area-based scheme jointly delivered by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes to provide city-wide energy efficiency measures to make Nottingham homes warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.  The scheme is currently using Government funding for external wall insulation to reduce the energy bills in many Nottingham homes.  Better insulation ensures that heat is retained inside a building, reducing the amount of energy needed to keep the property warm; which means a reduction in fuel bills, as well as CO2 production.

The Greener HousiNG scheme has insulated over 2500 hard-to-treat houses since 2013.

To find out more

Nottingham City Tenants 0300 333 8100, Private Home Owners 0300 688 0808

REMOURBAN is a large-scale demonstration project that aims to accelerate urban transformation towards the smart city concept taking into account all aspects of sustainability.  Several objectives will be achieved in particular the significant development of a holistic and replicable model for sustainable urban regeneration, applying a combined approach of the energy, transport and ICTs sectors.

The sustainable development of urban areas is a key challenge for Europe. It requires the use of efficient and user-friendly innovative technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy, transport and information and communication technologies (ICTs). In fact, these three sectors are widely considered as potentially appropriate for achieving benefits for society and economic benefits, as they are essential for the quality of life of citizens as well as creating a link between people with technology.

REMOURBAN is coordinated by Fundación CARTIF (Boecillo-Valladolid) and developed in cooperation with 21 other partners: Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., Anadolu University, AREBS asbl, Ayuntamiento de Valladolid, Dalkia Energía y Servicios S.A., Demir Enerji Danismanlik, Energon Enerji Verimliligi, Tepebasi/ Eskisehir Municipality, Grupo Mecanica del Vuelo Sistemas S.A., Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion S.A., Infohub Ltd, Miskolc Holding ZRT, Offinae Verdi S.P.A., Ölcasan Cad Tekno A.S., Nottingham City Council, The Nottingham Energy Partnership LB, The Nottingham Trent University, Sasie Ltd, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Xeridia S.L., GEIE

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 646511

Go Ultra Low City Scheme – OLEV – Collaboration between the City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Derby City Council has been awarded £6.1m to help develop a ‘Go Ultra Low City Scheme.’ Nottingham is one of four cities awarded a share of £35m Go Ultra Low City fund provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The OLEV money will be used to develop an electric vehicle charging network, a city centre Clean Air Zone to improve air quality, a showcase for technological innovation in low carbon and encouragement for both businesses and residents to switch to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), which incorporates pure electric, plug-in-hybrid and range extended vehicles.