Impact & innovation case study

Edinburgh City Region “Smart Sustainable Districts”

Impact summary

End users will be embedded in the project from the start to ensure maximum impact of the research

SAGES member

Dr Andy Kerr / University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

Funded by City Region Deal; Climate-KIC; EIT-Digital.

Aim of the project

Edinburgh is set to benefit from significant City Region Deal funding in infrastructure and innovation. This project aims to channel funding into implementing new connected energy technologies in housing and associated infrastructure developments in Edinburgh to develop “smart sustainable districts” and “smart local energy systems” and innovations such as intelligent mobility, smart buildings and smart grid.

Planned outcomes

Testing new connected energy technologies in housing and associated infrastructure developments in Edinburgh to learn what works in practice and what social factors limit use of different technologies.

Rolling out a suite of activities such as entrepreneurship training and support and bringing the best Scottish and European small company ideas to bear on specific issues though competitions and challenges.

Potential impact

The end users of the research will be embedded in the project from the start to ensure maximum impact of the research.

End user partners will include City Authorities to ensure the research is closely aligned with their district developments under the City Region Deal; local businesses to support training with new technologies; the best small companies and ideas from across Europe to tackle specific Edinburgh-based challenges; and international policy-makers to showcase the development of connected, sustainable communities.