SINFONIA final online conference: Mid-sized cities as motors of the energy transition

With 75% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Faced with the challenge of ensuring the quality of life of their citizens while becoming more energy efficient, cities must develop integrated urban development strategies that will make them both sustainable and better place to live. The SINFONIA project ( aimed at accelerating the energy transition by deploying large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities.

After six years of intensive work, the project was approaching its end. This final webconference shared main results, experiences and future ambitions of our two pioneer cities - Innsbruck, Austria and Bolzano, Italy and our follower city Rosenheim, Germany, in their Smart City journey, discuss public policies for renovation and, last but not the least, gave an insight into the role of role of monitoring of energy-efficient measures.


- Welcome and introduction (Håkan Perslow, Project manager and Sinfonia project coordinator, RISE & Martin Stroleny, Project Manager, Greenovate! Europe)
- Are public policies fitted to boost building renovations? (Johan Torén, Sustainability engineer and researcher, RISE)
- Are they Smart Cities now? Experience and future ambitions of the two pioneer cities (Klaus Kleewein, Innsbruck City Council, Innsbruck District Leader for Sinfonia & Daniele Vettorato, EURAC, Bolzano District Leader for Sinfonia)
- Bridging the gap between refurbishment and replication: sustainable urban development in the follower city Rosenheim (Robert Freund, Project Manager, Rosenheim)
- Towards a zero-energy building stock: monitoring the impact of energy efficient refurbishment projects (Wolfgang Streicher, Director of Energy Efficient Buildings Unit, UIKB)
- The beginning of a new chapter: success stories from Sinfonia and future prospects (Hakan Perslow, RISE)
- Wrap-up and closing words (Hakan Perslow, RISE)