DECARBONIZE: new project aims to contribute to the decarbonisation of cities
18 May 2021
The DECARBONIZE project, originating from a partnership between INESC TEC and INEGI, started in April, in Porto; it focuses on the Horizon Europe's mission climate-neutral and smart cities. The main objective is supporting, promoting and demonstrating systemic changes towards neutrality at local level. The activities will take place in the northern region of Portugal, according to the Norte2020 programme, given the relevance of the region and local actors to the road to carbon neutrality. Moreover, the project's developments have a significant replicability and scalability potential at European levels, establishing cities as platforms for experimentation with innovative solutions.
“In addition to spaces, buildings, energy communities and electric mobility, DECARBONIZE also involves the citizens, as end users; on the one hand, it encourages them to play an active role in the management and use of energy resources, and, on the other hand, it raises awareness of social impact associated with their individual attitudes”, said David Rua, senior researcher at INESC TEC's Centre for Power and Energy Systems.
DECARBONIZE is premised on three main pillars, which are the project's main lines of research:
The lines of research focusing on intervention in urban ecosystems, where a significant part of the population resides - currently close to 75%, but expected to increase to 80% by 2050 -, ensure diverse and complementary approaches to the decarbonisation of the different systems. Among the project's various outcomes, the major developments will translate into
The project will engage researchers who seek to develop research activities associated with the project, encouraging the training of PhD and Master's degree professionals who - within the scope of the theme - are able to design, implement and demonstrate technologies and methodologies for carbon neutrality in different sectors of the cities. The project's team will rely on the members' contextualised knowledge of the challenges presented to the northern region, and contribute to the ambitious European neutrality indicators established for 2050. This new generation of highly specialised professionals will be better prepared to address medium and long-term challenges, through complementary initiatives associated with R&D entities, public and business organisations, among other agents.