Practical tasks from the beginning for Early adopter cities

In SINFONIA, five Early adopter cities committed to test the refurbishment models developed and implemented by the demo cities Innsbruck and Bolzano. Each Early adopter city had the opportunity to present its area and energy efficiency success during the annual project meetings. However, the main actions of early adopter cities only began three years after the project started. The time spent until the main action has begun could be more efficiently used if the Early adopter cities were able to involve themselves earlier in the project through concrete activities in their areas.

In SINFONIA, five Early adopter cities (Seville in Spain, La Rochelle in France, Rosenheim in Germany, Boras in Sweden and Pafos in Cyprus) committed to test the refurbishment models developed and implemented by the pilot cities Innsbruck and Bolzano. Even though the involvement of the Early adopter cities was foreseen in different stages of the project, this aspect could be intensified, so that they feel completely involved from the beginning.

The Early adopter cities can face difficulties in following the actions of the demo cities (Innsbruck and Bolzano) and sometimes feel disconnected from the project.

This is the reason why it would be recommended to find concrete links from the beginning between the Early adopter cities and the demo cities.

Different methods could be developed :

  • Review the difficulties of the pioneer models due to be tested with the models in the Early adopter cities and identify which points will be replicable to make these points easier to follow
  • Exchange concrete experiences between Early adopter cities ( forum to discuss refurbishment difficulties between the Early adopter cities)

The idea is to develop concrete experiences for the Early adopter cities so that the final replication phase could be completed faster. Furthermore, earlier implemention from the Early adopter cities can help in the motivation process.

Lessons learnt:

Early adopter cities can have difficulties in following the actions of the pioneer cities and can disconnected from the project.

This is the reason why it would be recommended to find concrete links from the beginning between the Early adopter cities and the pilot cities. The time spent until the main action has begun could be more efficiently used if the

Early adopter cities were able to involve themselves earlier in the project through concrete activities in their areas.

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