Newsletter #8

Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

mySMARTLife – Editorial


When we drafted our previous mySMARTLife newsletter in the summer we looked back at the beginning of the year with EU-wide lockdowns, but we also had a feeling of things starting to get better. Now towards the end of 2020 we understand much better how a pandemic influences and changes our societal fabric, as COVID demonstrates what social animals we are and how we thrive in face-to-face conversations and togetherness.

However, people, cities and especially smart cities are resilient. Smart Cities have the IT infrastructure to teach their children online and they are able to shift their modes of transport depending on necessity.  


The mySMARTLife consortium also adapted to this new situation: we replaced our meetings with online discussions, took part in online conferences and events but most importantly we kept the momentum going to deliver our joined project.

With the end of the implementation period of mySMARTLife, and the replication plans for the Follower Cities nearly completed, we will focus in this newsletter on our Follower Cities Palencia, Bydgoszcz and Rijeka and their route to replication.

We wish all of you and your loved ones a safe & healthy 2021!

Rubén García Pajares
CARTIF Technology Centre
Project Coordinator


mySMARTLife – Focus Topic
Replication, Replication!


Four years after the start of mySMARTLife, replication activities are reaching a major milestone through the finalization of the replication plans in Bydgoszcz, Palencia, and Rijeka. The delivery of these replication plans is planned for early 2021.


Palencia as Template for Replication


The strategic plan of the city  and the SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) of Palencia included in the Covenant of Mayors initiative constitute the initial  framework of the replication plan of Palencia.  


Rijeka – a Step by Step Approach to Replication


A first selection of the smart actions has been conducted – based on the city objectives and respectively on strategic documents of the City of Rijeka as well as on mySMARTLife project objectives and approach. The result was the initial replication plan. 


Bydgoszcz replicates


The final smart actions that have been chosen for replication by the City of Bydgoszcz are categorised under mobility and city infrastructure and comprise e-mobility, PVs on public buildings and smart lighting systems. 


News from the three Lighthouse Cities Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

Nantes: Lighthouse City Nantes publishes information sheets


Nantes Metropole has now published new information sheets on their work throughout the mySMARTLife project. Ranging from energy retrofitting of buildings and district heating, installation of digital boilers in and solar plants on chosen buildings in Nantes to the testing of autonomous vehicles, the information sheets provide valuable data and solutions to considerable challenges in the fields of energy, smart cities and smart economy. Have a look at the information sheets here.


Hamburg: Energy for Residents


In mySmartLife, EnergieNetz Hamburg (ENH), a cooperative focusing on citizen participation in the Hamburg energy transition, participates with projects of electric power tenant supply that allows a direct supply of electricity from local generating facilities to one or to several customers (e.g. tenants in multi-family dwellings). For this purpose, ENH installs PV-plants as an energy producer on the roofs of the houses. ENH supplies electricity directly to the residents or users of the building. Two exemplary projects are presented in the respective article.


Helsinki: Local Replication in Energy Renaissance


In mySMARTLife, the city of Helsinki together with stakeholders and experts created a program with 9 key actions to support energy renovations of the Helsinki private housing stock. It is called the Energy Renaissance program. One of the actions in the program is to support the forming of local neighbourhood forums for condominium housing associations. 


mySMARTLife – Project News


MySMARTLife at Sustainable Places 2020 Online

Oct 27th to Oct 30th mySMARTLife took part at Sustainable Places 2020 (online). The project and its methodology were presented on the first day of the...

We Miss Nantes!

A short summary of the mySMARTLife 8th Periodic Meeting and 3rd Review Meeting taking place from the 15th to the 17th of September 2020.From 15 to...

mySMARTLife Goes EIP-SCC Marketplace General Assembly

mySMARTLife joined the EIP-SCC General Assembly along with other SCC1 projects in an online Explore Zone which showcased mySMARTLife publications, a...

mySMARTLife – Events

Project Meeting in LHC Helsinki
March 2021, Helsinki, Finland

In the middle of March, the mySMARTLife consortium will gather for a project meeting in our LHC Helsinki either online or if we are really lucky in person. Stay tuned for more information.

12 – 16 April 2021, online

Every three years, ICLEI hosts the ICLEI World Congress to showcase how cities, towns and regions across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. The ICLEI World Congress connects local and regional governments with their peers and strategic partners, and provides a platform for discussions that will inform and enhance their work.

For more information

02 – 03 June 2021, Brno, Czech Republic

URBIS SMART CITY FAIR brings a smart combination of a trade fair and an exclusive conference programme, where leaders in the field of Smart City will be introduced. In the course of two days dozens of representatives of Central European cities and municipalities and leaders in innovations will meet with one goal – to share experience, ideas and examples of specific solutions on how to correctly develop a Smart City concept in cities.

For more information

16 – 18 June 2021, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. But it is also so much more than that. It’s a community of passionate City Changers from all over the world. 

For more information

SAVE-THE-DATE: UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26)
01 – 12 November, Glasgow, UK

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

For more information

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News from our Sister Projects


mySMARTLife is one of eighteen European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects, currently receiving funding within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

Atelier: Copenhagen Climate Plan Roadmap 2021-2025 published

The Atelier Fellow City Copenhagen has published the English version of its Climate Plan Roadmap 2021-2025. The Roadmap describes the status of the four pillars of the Climate Plan, based on the launched actions and indicates what is required to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Download the roadmap here.



The end of the Smart Cities Information System was celebrated during a 2-day conference that took place on November 4th and 5th with nearly 200 participants and 19 sessions with 44 speakers from cities, businesses, research institutions and the financial sector. Read more here.

Ruggedised: Umeå smart solution nominated for ‘Design of the year’ at London Design Museum

The Station of Being, an innovative bus station at Umeå University created as part of the EU funded RUGGEDISED project, has been nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 award, which is presented by the London Design Museum. The Station of Being is one of three nominees in the transport category. Read more here.


About mySMARTLife

Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons (picture:, elenabsl)

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities of Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of the cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

Other activities are focusing on "Inclusive cities", offering a high quality of life in the cities. READ MORE


Picture Sources:

Crowd of anonymous people walking on busy city street:, BABAROGA |Palencia as Template for Replication: Euronews | Rijeka – a Step by Step Approach to Replication: City of Rijeka | Bydgoszcz replicates: Biuro Finansów Oświaty |Energy for Residents: ENH | Local Replication in Energy Renaissance: pixabay, tap5a


Project Coordinator: Rubén García Pajares, CARTIF Technology Centre
Contact: | +34 661 427 853


Editorial: Kathrin Eckerlin, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Contact: | +49 711 25 24 20 16  
  Technology Centre Cartif   Nantes Metropole   engie   armines   Cerema   Enedis   Hansestadt Hamburg  
  HafenCity Universität   HAW Hamburg   2. enercity   Telekom   Konsult   Energienetz Hamburg   City of Helsinki  
  Forum Virum Helsinki   vtt   HELEN   Fourdeg   Salusfin   Metroploia University of Applied Sciences   Steinbeis Europa  
  Tecnalia - INspiring Business   Nobatek   ESADE   Bydgoszcz   Rijeka   Ayuntamiento de Palencia  
European Union
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731297.
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