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Energy-Efficient City

The focal point of many energy efficiency measures are cities and municipalities. Within their sphere, they lay down the framework conditions for implementing the energy-efficient modernisation of buildings and districts. Examples include land-use plans and specifications for supply structures. In addition, they often have shareholdings in municipal and regional companies such as utilities and housing associations. They have a direct influence on energy-efficient framework conditions and supply structures.

The research funding encompasses demonstration and pilot projects, new methods and concepts as well as technological research and development. For demonstration and pilot projects, the funding covers, for example, the transfer of research and development results, systemic approaches to energy optimisation at the district level and the testing of newly developed technologies and design tools. Also included are integrated approaches to urban model situations and the scientific evaluation of innovative solutions in projects. Measures eligible for funding include, for example, instruments for mapping, simulating and balancing energy flows, economic analyses and the simulation of different decision-making paths. Concepts for optimising the overall system as well as tools to promote acceptance among users are also eligible for funding.

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