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Sharing Cities aims to irreversibly change the way we think about the role of digital technology in our cities and to clarify how we all can benefit from and contribute to this transformation process.

At three strategic locations – London, Lisbon and Milan – we will demonstrate the effectiveness of new technologies in improving urban mobility, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing carbon emissions.

Our vision is of a more agile and more collaborative smart cities market that dramatically increases the speed and scale at which we implement smart solutions across European cities. We aim to engage society in new ways to enable them to play an active role in the transformation of their communities. Together we will deliver more vibrant, liveable, economically active, and resource efficient cities.

By sharing solutions, practices, experiences and results, and by improving the way we manage city data and infrastructure, we will co-create an improved living environment and at the same time reduce our energy costs.


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1. Aggregate demand and deploy smart city solutions
89 cities engaged and 50 cities using products
2. Deliver common and replicable innovative models
10 replicable solutions
3. Attract external investment
€500 million in external investment
4. Accelerate take-up of smart city solutions
identify three business models that prove the acceleration of uptake (e.g. refurbishment, smart lamp posts)
5. Pilot energy efficient districts
reduce energy bills by €600,000 per annum for 15,000 district residents

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6. Shift thinking irreversibly to local renewable energy sources
100 cities engaged and 50 cities using products
7. Promote new models of e-mobility
make at least 10% of local citizens choose electric over fossil fuel vehicles
8. Successfully engage with citizens
Prove the active participation of at least half of the 15,000 locals affected by the building renovations
9. Exploit city data to maximum effect
Demonstrate the real value of city data for users, including SMEs and startups. Achieve a twofold increase in datastore use by 2020
10. Foster innovation at local level, promote the creation of new businesses and jobs
Create at least 100 jobs in three districts



by engaging with the people, we will develop participatory mechanisms for the co-design of smart city solutions


we will demonstrate the significant benefits of smart city concepts and solutions by focusing on the needs of low-energy neighbourhoods: retrofitting buildings, installing integrated energy management systems and smart lamp posts, and introducing shared-use electric vehicle services


we will rely on urban sharing platforms to manage data from a wide range of sources, including sensors

'lighthouse' and 'Fellow' cities


The demonstration districts in ‘lighthouse’ cities Lisbon, London and Milan will implement replicable urban digital solutions and collaborative models. The Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, Porta Romana/Vettabbia in Milan and downtown Lisbon will retrofit buildings, introduce shared electric mobility services, and install energy management systems, smart lamp posts and an urban sharing platform through engaging with citizens. ‘Fellow’ cities Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw will co-develop, validate, or implement the above solutions.



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895


Jem McKenna-Percy

Programme Manager

Greater London Authority


Brooke Flanagan

Communication & Replication

+32 2 552 08 95