building smart cities together

common solutions for shared challenges


An agile and collaborative smart cities ecosystem that delivers liveable, attractive, and resource-efficient cities


Sharing Cities is a major international smart cities project addressing some of the most pressing urban challenges facing today’s cities such as energy use, low carbon transport and buildings, and harnessing data for the good of the city.

The programme brings together 34 partners from across government, industry and academia to create solutions together. Working collaboratively means solutions have a greater chance of success, sustainability, and scale-up. Our user-centered, city-needs led approach is helping shape the smart city marketplace.

The project draws on €24 million in EU funding. It aims to trigger €500 million in investment and to engage over 100 municipalities across Europe.


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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, Sharing Cities develops participatory mechanisms for the co-design of smart city solutions


Sharing Cities demonstrates 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 mobility services


Sharing Cities relies on urban sharing platforms to manage data from a wide range of sources, including sensors

'lighthouse' and 'Fellow' cities


The demonstration districts in the ‘lighthouse’ cities of Lisbon, London and Milan have implemented replicable urban digital solutions and collaborative models. The Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, Porta Romana/Vettabbia in Milan and downtown Lisbon have retrofitted buildings, introduced shared electric mobility services, and installed energy management systems, smart lamp posts and an urban sharing platform. 

Sharing Cities has ambitions to share the knowledge and experience of its lighthouse cities with other cities interested in replication and scale-up. The 'fellow' cities of Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw have been working in partnership with the lighthouse cities on solutions that have strong potential to be replicated within their own city. The successful introduction and development of innovative smart solutions adapted to each fellow city has already demonstrated the high replication potential of Sharing Cities on a global scale. 

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Jem McKenna-Percy

Programme Manager
Greater London Authority



Communications Manager
Greater London Authority

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