From dream to reality: sharing experiences from leading European Smart Cities
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Many European cities are forerunners in the transition towards a low carbon and resource efficient economy. According to the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects (UN DESA) a rapidly increasing part (currently 74%) of the EU population lives in urban areas, accounting for 60 to 80% of global energy consumption. Urban life attracts people as environments for learning, innovation, opportunities for new businesses.
The focus for smart and sustainable cities’ projects is to provide solutions, which significantly increase cities' overall energy and resource efficiency. These initiatives address climate change challenges through the improvement of the existing buildings, energy and mobility systems, water or air quality. Such actions should bring deep economic, social and environmental impacts that lead to a better quality of life (including health and social cohesion) and competitiveness of the cities.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646511