The REPLICATE project led by Bristol City Council was shortlisted at a recent EUROCITIES’ conference in the category of Innovation for Social Transformation.
REPLICATE is Bristol’s flagship smart city project which explores new smart technologies with communities in Lawrence Hill, Easton and Ashley in order to improve energy efficiency, lower carbon emissions and help tackle energy poverty.
REPLICATE is working with community organisations led by Bristol Energy Network and have engaged 151 householders to become ‘smart connected homes. The impact of this project exceeded its installation target, fitting internet-connected washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers and smart technology kits for free. The project succeeded in reaching people who wouldn’t normally get involved in a scheme like this: 29% of participants live in social housing, 31% are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and 14% are registered disabled. Households that have got involved in the project have benefited from projected savings of up to £150.
REPLICATE was represented at EUROCITIES’ conference on ‘Cities at Crossroads’ in Prague at the end of 22 November 2019. Assistant Mayor, Cllr Asher Craig, attended the conference alongside City Innovation Project Manager, Matthew Jones, who has been leading on the smart homes part of our REPLICATE project. The conference explored the themes of:
- Renewing the City – Making cities today great places to live, work and play in a sustainable way.
- Tourists Everywhere –balancing the benefits tourism brings and the problems it creates.
- Our Digital Future – combining the power of data and the power of people whilst protecting personal rights.
- A Changing Society – managing a changing political environment and empowering citizens.
The conference featured an opportunity to share progress on our REPLICATE project, which has been funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, and learn from other European cities and their smart city projects and challenges they face
Ultimately, REPLICATE was a runner up in its nomination, however, the event provided a great networking and learning opportunity and is part of Bristol’s efforts to stay fully engaged with Europe and our fellow European cities.