This year’s European Energy Sustainable Week (EUSEW) brought together the nine smart city ‘Lighthouse’ projects in a special policy session entitled “Smarter is cleaner” on 22nd June 2017 in Brussels. Representatives of the lighthouse and follower cities exchanged on the environmental, financial and societal benefits of smart solutions. Mikko Martikka and Gabriel Rubi represented mySMARTLife in the panel discussion during the policy session.
Representatives from 13 cities involved in these smart city projects presented new energy products, discussed environmental policies and shared a catalogue of learning on how to grow a new market of smarter, more sustainable energy solutions and create a new generation of jobs. Introducing the “Smarter is cleaner” policy session, Jens Bartholmes, DG Energy Policy officer, reaffirmed the Commission’s support to the Lighthouse cities and satisfaction at the replication of the smart solutions plan in other cities who follow these projects.
mySMARTLife Lighthouse City Helsinki and its Follower City Palencia were actively taking part in the topic “Industrial to Civic Prosumers” of this policy session by offering insights and lessons learned during the panel discussion.
On 21st June, the projects presented themselves on a joint stand at the EUSEW’s networking village in the Residence Palace.