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POLYCITY is a project of the CONCERTO initiative, co-funded by the European Commission. In the course of the POLYCITY Project, three large urban areas in Germany, Spain and Italy will be developed, particularly in the field of energy optimisation and the use of renewable energies.

The German project is the Scharnhauser Park in Ostfildern, a former military area. The most important measure in the Scharnhauser Park is the optimisation of a new biomass plant (combined heat and power). One of the targets is to use the residual heat to cool the office buildings in summer. Furthermore, all buildings will be equipped with optimal heat insulation to minimise heat loss in winter. It is planned to realise all measures between 2005 and 2010.

Beside the Scharnhauser Park there are two more urban areas involved: Cerdanyola del Vallès - a development area planned for 50.000 inhabitants north of Barcelona – and the Arquata in Turin, a labour district which will be restored with regard to ecological criteria.

Each project is embedded in a network of regional Partners and further observer communities. This will guarantee a sustainable development of the projects and an effective exploitation of the results.

POLYCITY is flanked by an Eastern European and a Canadian Western network of cities and communities, wiling to take up and disseminate the experiences and results of POLYCITY.

Special training workshops will be developed to provide the necessary information to communities who want to replicate the POLYCITY projects.

Internal communication

Best Practice Book

Technical Report

POLYCITY Final Conference, Report

European Union

CONCERTO is co-funded by the European Commission

European Union

POLYCITY is a project of the CONCERTO initiative co-funded by the EC within the FP6