20 Jan 2021

Webinar: How to make historical cities more sustainable

The POCITYF and Sharing Cities projects present their approaches in making historical cities more sustainable

Cities with heritage sites usually face many technical and legal barriers when they start the process of becoming more sustainable. During this webinar, organised by POCITYF in cooperation with the Sharing Cities project, we will present the first steps that POCITYF is taking in this process: by analysing the legal framework at European, Portuguese and Dutch level and by presenting some of the technical barriers that the project’s Lighthouse city of Évora is facing and the solutions that have been put in place to overcome them. During the webinar, the approach that has been followed by  Sharing Cities in the deep retrofitting of historical buildings in Lisbon and London will also be presented.


Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/568236817516540429



  • Introduction
  • “How laws and regulations make the sustainability of cultural historical heritage challenging” – Ceciel Nieuwenhout, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • “Overcoming technical challenges in the implementation of POCITYF Solutions in Évora” – Nuno Bilo, Câmara Municipal de Évora
  • “Deep retrofitting of cultural heritage buildings – the Sharing Cities approach” – Eduardo Silva, Lisboa E-nova
  • Open discussion and comments



Dr. Ceciel Nieuwenhout is a postdoc researcher at the University of Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability. She has written a dissertation on the legal framework of offshore electricity cables and she is currently involved in research on the legal perspective of the energy transition in the built environment. In this context, she also works on the legal and regulatory framework for the POCITYF project (she recently published a report on “Building & Grid Retrofit Regulatory Framework”). Next to her work as researcher, Nieuwenhout is also an elected member of the City Council of Groningen for the green party.

Eduardo Silva is graduated in Environmental Engineering and a project manager at Lisboa E-Nova, the Lisbon’s Energy and Environmental Agency. He holds a diversified career related to sustainability management, having more than 15 years’ experience on projects coordination within national and international funding programs. During the last years, he has been managing the implementation activities related to the Sharing Cities technological solutions, across the three Lighthouse Cities of the Programme – London, Lisbon and Milan – with relevance to deep energy building retrofit practices, energy management systems development, a portfolio of inter-connected electric mobility initiatives and to the re-purposed cities’ lamppost infrastructure in a way that can trigger and deliver additional integrated ‘smart’ services. This provided him with the opportunity to work in the forefront of the Smart City technology development, and ensure their application to people’s everyday life.

Nuno Miguel Chorão Bilo works in the municipality of Évora since 2000 in the areas of maintenance and energy. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa. In the last decade, it has developed works and projects related to smart cities and energy efficiency, which inevitably contribute to the action plan of the commitment assumed by the Municipality with the Pact of Mayors. Among the works developed are the dissemination of Évora’s knowledge and experience in several local, national and international seminars and workshops, the development and installation of the first national pilot network for charging electric vehicles Mobi-E, the installation of the first electric smartgrid – EDP Évora Inovcity, the upgrade of public lighting in the Municipality of Évora to LED technology and self-regulation of lighting levels, the installation of photovoltaic solar plants on municipal land, the development of the FP7-ENERGY INSMART project, work as a member of the municipal advisory council Évora smart city, participation in the Living Laboratory for the Decarbonisation of Évora project and in the H2020 SCC-1 POCITYF project.

20 Jan 2021, 10:00-11:00