Newsletter #10

Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki

mySMARTLife – Editorial


After almost 6 years of fruitful collaboration, mySMARTLife project comes to an end.

The mySMARTLife consortium has worked hard to accomplish ambitious targets in terms of energy and emissions savings through the implementation of innovative measures. As a large demonstration project, mySMARTLife has fostered the creation of smart districts, considering energy efficiency measures to reduce energy demand, greenhouse gases and pollutants emissions, together with the
integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage in energy grids. Clean mobility solutions were also deployed across the cities. This was possible thanks to the strong collaboration among the Lighthouse and Follower Cities, supported by all the technical and non-technical partners during the execution of the work.

The gained knowledge and experience have been shared and exchanged among mySMARTLife cities and extended also to our mySMARTLife Cities Network. Dedicated workshops have been held
to discuss and learn about mobility, citizen engagement, efficient buildings, smart lighting and ICT topics.


Advanced technological solutions connected with renewable energy integration, refurbishment of buildings, sustainable mobility solutions, etc. have been implemented. Just to cite some of the most innovative ones: organic photovoltaic solar panels and new 24-meter e-buses from Nantes, district heating based on high shares of renewable hydrogen and logistics micro hub in Hamburg, autonomous e-buses and “Carbon Ego” app from Helsinki.

Additionally, non-technical actions have been put in place, and overall, an active citizen engagement, together with a structured business approach have been the backbone of this ambitious project.

All the knowledge acquired in mySMARTLife has been shared with the members of our collaboration framework; our 17 fellow projects, Scalable Cities and the Smart Cities Marketplace that have  accompanied us during all this process. All these valuable insights have also been offered to the brand-new Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, with which we have started to collaborate as well.

Rubén García Pajares
CARTIF Technology Centre
Project Coordinator


mySMARTLife Sustainable Energy For All


Secure, affordable and sustainable energy actions are at the core of mySMARTLife. This could be engaging retrofit actions such as the example from Nantes Metropole demonstrates, but also innovative hydro combined heat and power plants (Hamburg) and heat response as the example from Helsinki shows.




Managing energy demand is today one of the major challenges of the energy transition. In its roadmap for energy transition, Nantes Metropole has committed itself to addressing fuel poverty, reducing the energy consumption and thus the greenhouse gas emissions in its territory, and improving the comfort of occupants in their homes. Achieving these objectives requires the facilitation of energy renovations.


Hamburg – Hydro is the Way to Go


The new construction area “Schleusengraben” is a focus development area of the City of Hamburg along the shores of an old industrial channel. The University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, the energy utility company enercity AG and the gas grid operator Gasnetz Hamburg GmbH have tested a district heating system with a hydrogen content of up to 30 % in the fuel gas in the “Am Schilfpark” area.


Helsinki – Heat Demand Response


Smart heating management systems play an important role in reducing the energy consumption in Helsinki’s building stock. Different systems were piloted in a residential apartment building in Merihaka (the smart heating solution of the energy management provider Salusfin) and an office building in Viikki Environment House (the smart heating solution of the Finnish start-up Fourdeg).


mySMARTLife Data is the Key


Urban Platforms are expected to form a core building block with which cities can better manage the current explosion in volumes of urban data. Using data platforms, cities can also share data between city departments to improve residents' services and overall outcomes for society.


Nantes – Extend the Platform


The extension of the Nantes Urban Data Platform was developed based on a common architectural framework, co-constructed and defined by each of the three Lighthouse Cities (Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki). This framework of open specifications enables the three cities to share their information and developments through interoperability at three levels.


Hamburg – System of Systems


The Urban Data Platform Hamburg follows a system of systems approach and aims at making the city’s urban data findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable between systems. The Urban Data Platform builds on the existing Spatial Data Infrastructure and extends it with additional components, e.g., for handling sensor data or conducting data analysis.


Helsinki – Supporting the Digital Twin


mySMARTLife project set a new ambitious goal of defining the urban platform as a supportive element of the Helsinki’s digital twin, Climate Atlas. The Climate Atlas was the first service to build on the 3D city model and expand it into a digital twin of the city with the simulations and scenarios.


mySMARTLife Move it, Move it!


mySMARTLife’s ambition to invest in public and multimodal transport as well as in sustainable and electric mobility is strong and citizen activities and involvement in these topics are very high. In the following section, we have selected three interesting examples from our Lighthouse Cities.


Nantes – the e-Busway


In Nantes Metropole, transport represents the main source of greenhouse gas emissions (49 % of total emissions). Nearly 88 % of these emissions are generated by cars and 11 % by public transport. An innovative action in mySMARTLife is the use of 22 fully electric e-Busways delivered by the local company Semitan, responsible for the public transport network of Nantes, and Nantes Metropole.


Hamburg – elexity


There are a total of 527 buses on 154 lines in Hamburg and its‘ surrounding area. The majority of the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) fleet still drives with diesel or hybrid drive. But that was to change to procure exclusively electric buses from 2020 onwards. Until 2030, the conversion to electromobility will be completed in Hamburg.


Helsinki – the robobus


The automated electric minibus, with a passenger capacity of up to eight seats, produces no emissions and no noise. The robobus was operated at low speed (approximately 20km/h) in road traffic among other vehicles.


mySMARTLife – Project News


mySMARTLife celebrated its successful ending in Hamburg

mySMARTLife celebrated its successful ending with its Final Conference "Smart People - Smart Economy - Smart Cities" on 14-15 September 2022 in...

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...

mySMARTLife – Events

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place
18 October 2022 in Brussels, Belgium

The conference is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate-General for Climate Action, and the European Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Executive Agency (CINEA), in collaboration with the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The event will bring together cities, industry, and financial institutions to exchange good practices and successful solutions to common challenges.

Smart City Expo World Congress 2022
15-17 November 2022 in Barcelona, Spain

Smart City Expo World Congress gathers leaders from the most innovative companies, governments and organisations to move cities towards a better future. Smart City Expo is the place to spark a powerful urban tomorrow worldwide.

Further information
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News from the mySMARTLife Cities Network


As part of mySMARTLife Final Conference in Hamburg (14 & 15 September), the consortium organised its 4th Knowledge Transfer Workshop to engage with the members of the mySMARTLife Cities Network. Several Knowledge Transfer Discussion Groups presented the mySMARTLife Lighthouse and Follower Cities' solutions and actions in lively round table discussions.


News from our Sister Projects



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

ATELIER: New learning platform on Positive Energy Districts launched

Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) are interconnected building complexes that generate more energy than they consume and can react flexibly to fluctuations in the energy sector. PEDs are therefore an effective measure on the road to climate neutrality in cities and thus a highly relevant topic. The new platform initiated by project ATELIER offers an attractive introduction with a video course. The first module of the course - the PED Start Guide - examines the topic from different perspectives (including technical, social) and provides helpful tips for planning PEDs.


Other course modules will follow in the coming months. In addition to the course, the platform enables interaction with peers and experts. Further information: 

SmartEnKIT - Your Toolkit for Replication

SmartEnKIT is the official replication toolkit of the SmartEnCity project. It collects all main project learnings, methods and outcomes to share insights and inspire other small and medium-sized European cities with a zero-carbon vision along their journeys. Get to know the toolkit.
For further information about innovative solutions and best practices from the three Lighthouse Cities Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Tartu (Estonia) and Sonderborg (Denmark), have a look at the SmartEnCity Final Publication.


About mySMARTLife

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

The mySMARTLife project aimed 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 were 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 | Mon Projet Renov: Nantes Metropole | Hydrogen site "Am Schilfpark": Gasnetz Hamburg | Viikki Environment House: City of Helsinki | Extend the Platform:, Conny Schneider | System of Systems:, Mike Kononov | Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 3D city model: City of Helsinki | e-busway in Nantes: Nantes Metropole | Electric buses in Hamburg: VHH | Robobus in Kalasatama: Milla Åman Kyyrö | Knowledge Transfer Table: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum | Hand holding a digital tablet with a contemporary smart city and apps icons:, elenabsl 


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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