Location: Fontaine d’Ouche, Dijon
Country: France
Contact Information:
Website Address: Link

Dijon, alongside Turku in Finland, leads Europe’s RESPONSE program as a “flagship city,” guiding six other European cities: Brussels, Zaragoza, Botosani, Ptolemaïda, Gabrovo, and Severodonetsk. These cities aim to replicate Dijon and Turku’s solutions, focusing on creating positive energy islands that produce more energy than they consume. The project in Dijon involves nearly 600 homes and municipal buildings, impacting over 1100 residents. It includes the installation of smart thermostats, radiators, and connected smoke detectors for better energy management, comfort, and expense reduction. The initiative targets efficient energy use and plans for photovoltaic installations to produce 1600 MWh/year, partly powering 24 public buildings, including schools, a stadium, a swimming pool, and community centers

Thematic Area – Energy transition
Thematic Sub-category –

  • Green Urbanism related to Energy consumption
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy Sources
  • Buildings & environment
  • Smart city domains for the citizens in green cities
  • Smart city solutions and tools
  • better consumption & production
  • Energy Efficiency

Type of Actor/Agent – Local Council
Typology of Green Urban Site – Street and residential

Green City Elements: 

  • Positive Energy Neighbourhoods
  • Integrated Photovoltaics in Urban Environment
  • Energy Efficiency in Urban Planning
  • Energy Communities
  • Solar Energy – Photovoltaics
  • Buildings and Climate Change
  • Shading facilities
  • Smart Living
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Sensorization
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Urban Energy Consumption
  • Energy Savings
  • House Appliances
  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Resources and Transferability:

Teaching Materials/Resources: Link
Personal Skills Required: Low
Non-discriminatory Principles: Yes
Transferability Potential: High

Engagement and Consultation:

Target Groups – Citizens
Public Engagement – Was applied, proper public
Consultation Tools Used – Survey or feedback
forms at public meetings, workshop with small
discussion, presentations, short online videos , Link

Innovation and Impact:
Dijon is a true life-size experimentation laboratory,
with around 80 innovations tested to build a
carbon-neutral metropolis:
– Bifacial solar panels
– A vast urban heating network;
– Test batteries for storing solar energy;
– Smart thermostats and sensors.
Expected Impact High
Level of Scale of Innovation 4

Budget and Analysis:
Budget Spent, Source of Money: 7.4 million,
Horizon 2020: Smart Cities & Communities
Improved environmental resilience, limiting impact
of heatwaves by reducing urban temperatures,
social cost savings (such as the impact of
reduced air pollution), providing educational
Challenges: n/a