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create as many as 1,500 new jobs, reduce energy usage by 60%, and

cut EU transport emissions at project level by 60%.

Three pioneer or ‘lighthouse cities’, namely the Swedish capital of

Stockholm, the German city of Cologne and Spain’s second largest city

Barcelona, will roll out 12 smart city solutions in industrial areas,

suburban and downtown districts. These have been carefully selected to

give a sample base representative of many European cities.

Landahl provided further details on the project’s goals and chosen city

partners: “The main idea of GrowSmarter is to demonstrate 12 smart

solutions and get them onto the market available for other cities to use.

“In many projects, there is a focus on demonstration, but that is not our

main goal – our target with GrowSmarter is to shorten the path towards

a smarter, more sustainable Europe by demonstrating the 12 smart

solutions in real life scenarios. This gives other cities the opportunity to

see first-hand how the solutions work, as well as the benefits they can

bring, and to help get the smart city market going.

“In addition to the lighthouse cities, there are five ‘follower cities’ involved

in the project. These cities will closely follow the progress made in the

lighthouse cities, identifying possible solutions that could be applied in

their local environment and developing a replication plan tailored to the

city’s needs. The follower cities are: Valetta, Malta; Suceava, Romania;

Porto, Portugal; Cork, Ireland; and Graz, Austria. We will also work on a

network of 20 take-up cities that will follow developments and create a

local interest in adopting some of these smart solutions.

“Eventually, we want to help create a market for these smart solutions,

both in Europe and beyond. This will lead to the industrial partners behind

these smart solutions being able to receive orders whilst encouraging

economic growth in Europe.”

12 smart solutions

The project focuses on realising smart ideas in three sectors: ‘Low

energy districts’, ‘Integrated infrastructures’ and ‘Sustainable urban

mobility’. Each sector involves four smart city solutions, including ICT,

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general idea of what you want to achieve during

the course of the project, but you also need to

have an idea that adds something more to what

the call is asking for. It is also important to find

partners that are interested in the project you

are undertaking but also have the capacity to

contribute to the project and have experience

of working in such ventures.

“You really have to work on getting the right

partners. In this instance, it is not just the other

cities, it is also finding the right industrial and

research partners. Comparisons were

undertaken between different research partners

before deciding and selecting partners and

bringing them onboard. Consequently, the

partners we have onboard are chosen with

great care and we are very happy to be able to

work with them.”

Smart cities of the future

No blueprint exists of what it means to be a

smart city, or how a smart city should work.

GrowSmarter aims to demonstrate tangible

insights on how to integrate 12 smart

solutions as part of the urban fabric,

showcasing the environmental, economic and

social benefits and making it easier for other

cities to do the same.

Spearheaded by a consortium of European

partners, including city networks such as ICLEI

– Local Governments for Sustainability,

GrowSmarter has set some major goals to

Smart city initiatives

will also be introduced

in Barcelona, Spain

You also need to have

an idea that adds

something more to

what the call is

asking for