Smart People – Smart Economy – Smart Cities: A guide for the transition of EU cities

After almost six years of project duration and joint efforts of 27 partners from 6 countries to make sustainable cities with smart people and a smart economy a reality, mySMARTLife is coming to an end. It is time to present the results to the broad public to foster replication with the help of the new methods and innovative solutions developed. Therefore, Dissemination and Communication leader Steinbeis Europa Zentrum and the mySMARTLife partners have jointly developed a booklet summarising the main solutions and best-practices. 

mySMARTLife’s key activities were carried out in the three Lighthouse Cities Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). Three Follower Cities – Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) – have directly learned from these experiences and have set up their own urban transformation plans. 

With joint forces, we worked together with the involvement of the most important stakeholders in the cities, namely the citizens: on achieving a significant reduction of energy demand through cost-effective retrofitting actions, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and enhancing smart mobility in their cities.  

During the past years, our three Lighthouse Cities Nantes, Hamburg, and Helsinki have developed various intelligent and innovative solutions to achieve these goals.  

On their way to becoming Smart Zero Carbon Cities, the three Lighthouse Cities have generated various innovative solutions in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).  

In this booklet, you can find best practices on how to minimise your city’s energy demand and maximise renewable energy supply. Each solution, therefore, comes with a short description, benefits of the solution, facts & figures, lessons learned and challenges. A short visual rating system symbolises the ease of replication for each implemented solution.  

With this booklet, the mySMARTLife consortium wants to assist cities in their decision-making process and share its experiences and knowledge. The road might be bumpy, but it is well worth it!

The brochure can be downloaded here.