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The work packages will be divided into methodological work and the application work in the cities.

Work packages

The URGENCHE project is comprised of 14 different work packages:

WP1 Coordination and Management 
WP2 Energy Balances
WP3 GIS City
WP4 Building Stock
WP5 Urban Traffic
WP6 Exposure, Health and Wellbeing 
WP7 City of Suzhou Assessment
WP8 City of Xi'an Assessment
WP9 City of Basle Assessment
WP10 City of Kuopio Assessment
WP11 City of Rotterdam Assessment
WP12 City of Stuttgart Assessment
WP13 City of Thessaloniki Assessment
 WP14 Dissemination

Work package objectives

WP1 Coordination and Management

  • To financially and administratively manage the project, in accordance with the Contract and Consortium Agreement, including disbursement of funds.
  • Develop and put in place good administrative procedures for (i) regular reporting by all partners of scientific progress and spending on the project; (ii) evaluation of these reports by WP leaders and (iii) where necessary, taking follow-up action.
  • Provide accurate information to the Commission on costs and progress annually.
  • Prompt for and ensure delivery, in time and to high quality, of project deliverables.
  • Organise kick-off meeting, the annual meetings, and annual review meetings and their follow-up.
  • To coordinate dissemination and training activities.

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WP2 Energy Balances

  • To identify and consolidate a list of the key urban greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction policies to be analysed in the project. This will be done through close collaboration with all city-partners participating in the project.
  • Taking into account available data, to design, develop and supply an urban balance methodology with a corresponding analysis tool.
  • This tool will be used to analyse specific urban GHG policies regarding their expected influence on emission reduction, changes in energy demand and supply and changes in other relevant activities in the different cities.
  • To refine the methodology according to feedback from the city-partners and experience gained.
  • To provide training in the workshops and ongoing practical guidance to city-partners on their process to simulate and assess GHG reduction scenarios.

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WP3 GIS City

  • To design, develop and provide generalised structures, GIS methods, tools and models using Open Source software to provide to the City WP’s.
  • Select the software which can be used in and by all participating cities.
  • Identify with the methodological WP’s the data required and available for our analyses.
  • Distribute the software, with some data entry tools/forms, to the City-WP partners and to train them to collect and enter the appropriate data into their respective City-GIS databases.
  • In conjunction with the Exposure, Health and Well-being WP, develop an exposure estimation model that utilises the spatial environmental contamination data collected and modelled in Building Stock and Urban Traffic.
  • Provide training for each phase of the project at the six project workshops.  The aim is to deliver the necessary GIS software for the city work package representatives, and to provide take-home educational material and hands on training in the six Project Workshops for each upcoming policy scenario development and assessment phase of the study.

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WP4 Building Stock

  • To define the data requirements for building and urban structure assessment. Prepare the database templates for all buildings related data to be collected in the cities.
  • To work with WP Exposure, Health and Well-being on selecting appropriate indoor environment quality (IEQ) indicators.
  • To select the methodologies and prepare the tools for the assessment/modelling of citywide distributions of IEQ indicators (baseline situation and relative/absolute changes induced by the scenarios) for the assessment of the alternative policy scenarios by the City-WPs.
  • To provide training in the workshops and ongoing practical guidance during the field work for the data collection, policy assessment/modelling, results interpretation and quality assurance in the participating cities.
  • To refine the Building Stock methodology based on the experience in the city case studies.

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WP5 Urban Traffic

  • To identify existing GIS-traffic methods applied by the city partners.
  • To provide to cities a traffic mode model with simple data requirements
  • To specify the requirements for integrated assessment of health and well-being based on the output of GIS-traffic related to the spatial distribution of air quality and noise.
  • To estimate the expected change in transport-related emissions of air pollutants (PM2.5/10, ‘black carbon’ and NOx) and noise per kton reduced transport-related CO2 emissions
  • To develop and disseminate a harmonized GIS-traffic methodology to be used in the city case-studies
  • To support the city case-studies on the application of the GIS-traffic methodology in the workshops and via e.g. staff exchange.
  • To refine the GIS-traffic methodology based on the experiences in the city case studies.

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WP6 Exposure, Health and Well-being

  • To define the population data requirements and to prepare the databases for population exposure, health and well-being related data to be collected in the cities.
  • To select the methodologies and prepare the tools for the assessment/modelling of city-wide population distributions of exposure, health and well-being (baseline situation and relative/absolute changes induced by the scenarios) for the assessment of the alternative policy scenarios by the City-WPs.
  • To provide training in the workshops and ongoing practical guidance during the field work for the data collection, policy assessment/modelling, results interpretation and quality assurance in the participating cities.
  • To contribute generalised lessons about the exposure, health and wellbeing impacts of the alternative urban GHG policies to the final report.

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WP7 - 13 City Assessments

  • To collect about the city all data as defined by the methodological WPs – relating to the use of fuels and energy, urban plan, buildings and transportation, population socio-demographics, health and well-being, development plans and GHG policies targeting in 2020 – concerning the city in its baseline state.
  • To develop and balance the energy acquisition, generation and use, transportation and the respective local and distant GHG and other environment and public health affecting emissions for the Baseline, BAU-2020 and two to three GHG-policy scenarios for the city as defined by the Coordinating WP.
  • To assess/model the environmental, public health and well-being impacts of the alternative GHG-policy scenarios in relation to each other and to the Baseline and BAU-2020 scenario using the modelling tools provided by the methodological WPs, the defined scenarios and the data on the collected databases.
  • To develop for the city a realistic roadmap to the optimised 2020 scenario.

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WP14 Dissemination

Oversight and coordination of project dissemination activities to include

  • Implement the project website to act as an information exchange facility
  • Support public and internal communication (website, reports, newsletter, web conferences, peer-reviewed literature etc.)
  • Produce information materials (brochures, reports, meetings, workshops, proposals)
  • Make links to Environment and Health activities/portals
  • Organise training workshops on spatial statistics, GIS tools and data merging to ensure project partners are aware of latest developments and understand the requirements and deliverables of WPs
  • Organise annual scientific project meetings

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 265114.