Pilsen, as a city of innovation and a Smart City, offers innovative companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for their projects in a combined public contract for 2.4 million euros.Eight selected European cities within the Climaborough project are undergoing ecological and digital transformation and want to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Companies from Pilsen can now come up with a solution that they don’t know how to deal with elsewhere. This is, for example, improving the parking system, saving energy in schools or better sorting of bio-waste. Tender applications can be submitted until November 30, 2023.
“The city of Plzeň is the only one in the Czech Republic that is part of the European Climaborough project, and therefore can mediate this interesting innovative public order. We have a number of successful innovative companies and promising startups in the region, and perhaps they have the solutions they need in Europe,” he said Daniel Koscouncilor of the city of Pilsen for the area of Smart Cities and business support.
The challenges of all eight cities are linked to a socio-technical solution, which is supposed to support the use of data and induce a change in the behavior of the inhabitants. For example, Athens wants to reduce energy consumption in public buildings and primarily involve schools in this effort, Grenoble in France is interested in modeling the impact of construction projects on the emergence of heat islands in the city, Differdange in Luxembourg wants to produce 100% clean electricity at the local level, Sofia in Bulgaria is striving to reduce traffic in the city by eliminating the parasitic search for free parking spaces, and the Greek city of Ioannina focuses on tourism, waste water and its effect on the adjacent lake. The cities of Maribor (Slovenia), Turin (Italy) and Cascais (Portugal) want to improve the collection and subsequent recycling of textile, electrical and bio-waste.
The West Bohemian metropolis is represented in Climaborough by the Information Technology Administration of the City of Pilsen. “Thanks to involvement in Climaborough, we get inspiration for our other projects, for example we plan to implement digital outputs into a 3D model of the city or a test polygon. We are closely monitoring the challenges of individual cities and are considering expanding the resulting solutions in Pilsen projects as well,” he said Ludek Shantoradirector of the Information Technology Administration of the City of Pilsen.
The total price of the combined contract is 2.4 million euros. Each of the eight cities can choose two solutions, and 150,000 euros is spent per company. The deployment of individual projects will begin in the summer of 2024 and the implementation is expected to last one year.
Climaborough is a project co-financed by the European Union and the CINEA agency, the aim of which is to bridge the gap between the design and implementation of urban innovations, especially with regard to climate change and its impacts.