On 23 March, nine Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects pledged to strengthen cooperation towards low-carbon and resource efficient urban spaces. Developing smart cities that offer new ways to solve old problems is key to our urban future, they said, stressing the need for knowledge sharing and replication along the way.
Meeting at the Conference Centre of Nottingham Trent University, representatives of the nine partner projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto setting out their commitments. Councillor Sam Webster of Nottingham City Council and Michael Carr, pro-vice chancellor at Nottingham Trent University, were in attendance. The project brings together over 57 towns and cities from 26 countries.
EUROCITIES, in its capacity as leader of replication activities, along with project coordinator the Greater London Authority, have participated in the Sharing Cities project since January 2016. Sharing Cities is one of the nine signatories.
Sharing Cities brings together three ‘lighthouse’ cities – Lisbon, London, and Milan – that are committed to working together in developing and implementing replicable urban digital solutions and collaborative models. Within the same project, ‘fellow’ cities Bordeaux, Burgas, and Warsaw also aim to co-develop and help drive the adoption and exploitation of specific smart solutions. By fostering international collaboration between industry and cities, Sharing Cities seeks to develop affordable, integrated, and commercial-scale smart city solutions with a high market potential.
By signing the manifesto, the partners confirm their determination to further develop cooperation, which is already a reality within the lighthouse project community. Among others, the partners commit to “increase the replication potential of the lighthouse projects in other European cities” and to “shift smart city technologies out of the private and technical sectors and into the public mainstream, giving confidence to the market”.
Nottingham, a city recognised for its strong ecological drive, was the ideal venue for project partners to meet and pledge their commitment to the Smart Cities and Communities initiative. The Cooperation Manifesto was signed during a study tour organised jointly by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University under the REMOURBAN lighthouse project. The programme included workshops on smart city indicators, innovative business models, and integrated planning schemes aimed at accelerating urban transition. A site visit to Sneinton, a suburb of Nottingham, and to the city’s e-bus charging depot enabled delegates from the European Commission, INEA, and other lighthouse projects to experience first-hand the ‘green impact’ of the REMOURBAN project on Nottingham.
The nine partner projects are: Triangulum, Smarter Together, REPLICATE, RUGGEDISED, REMOURBAN, GrowSmarter, Sharing Cities, SmartEnCity, and mySMARTlife.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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