The REPLICATE project (Renaissance in Places with Innovative Citizenship And Technology) is a European research and development project that aims to deploy integrated energy, mobility and ICT solutions in city districts.
The overarching vision of the REPLICATE project is:
To increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities.
Bristol is one of three lead cities (called Smart City ‘Lighthouses’) which also include Florence in Italy and San Sebastian in Spain. There are also a number of other ‘follower’ cities that will look into replicating interventions in their cities including Essen (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Nilufer (Turkey). In addition to this, there are also a number of ‘observer’ cities such as Guangzhou (China) and Bogota (Columbia), as well as international networks who will take part in learning and dissemination of results.
Each lead city will deploy a number of smart integrated energy, mobility and ICT solutions in a district. In Bristol, the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership area was chosen as the target district as the project could bring a number of benefits to this area. The Bristol pilot explores how smart technology could be used to:
- Reduce the cost, and amount, of energy consumed to tackle fuel poverty.
- Use more local renewable sources of energy to increase local resilience.
- Enable greater sustainable mobility to increase health and wellbeing as well as enable better access to training and employment.
- Engages citizens in their energy use and travel patterns to change behaviour.
- Contribute to an overall aim to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
Some of the interventions being piloted include:
- Energy efficient refitting of homes.
- Development of local renewable energies.
- Connected homes.
- 32 e-bikes.
- 6 electric car club vehicles.
- An on-demand bus electric bus service.
- Electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
- Personalised mobility applications.
- Integrated infrastructures.
- Development of a smart city platform (Bristol Is Open).
- An energy demand management service.