New energy: smart cities test new urban technologies


Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and with urbanisation expected to continue, a growing number of ‘Lighthouse’ cities across Europe have taken up the challenge of testing new ‘smart’ energy-saving solutions in large-scale test-beds under the impulse of European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Representatives from 13 cities involved in these smart city projects presented new energy products, discussed environmental policies and shared a catalogue of learning on how to grow a new market of smarter, more sustainable energy solutions and create a new generation of jobs. Introducing the “Smarter is cleaner” policy session, Jens Bartholmes, DG Energy Policy officer, reaffirmed the Commission’s support to the Lighthouse cities and satisfaction at the replication of the smart solutions plan in other cities who follow these projects.

Sharing Cities is one of the nine Smart city projects.

Smart city projects are part of a growing trend, redefining our urban environment and how we manage our use of resources.

Working hand-in-hand with industrial partners, 27 lighthouse cities and 30 follower cities are paving the way for a new energy ecosystem collectively create low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.

On behalf of Sharing Cities, Nathan Pierce project coordinator from Greater London Authority, Bernadett Koteles- Degrendele from EUROCITIES took the opportunity to liaise with several interested cities, industries and energy agencies such as the energy agency from Plovdiv.

“A key strategic aim of the Sharing Cities programme is to develop business models for innovative technology based on collaboration with the other lighthouse cities. These business models can help us to achieve real scale across Europe in a way that could have a significant impact on the market place. Shared learning and joint working benefits all involved by creating better designed products and by helping to drive down costs.”, Nathan Pierce, Director of Sharing Cities

“The networking village can give concrete opportunities such as: We have Burgas as ‘fellow’ city from Bulgaria and we are bringing together the four Bulgarian fellow cities of the lighthouse projects for an exchange in Sofia on 11-12 July as a collaboration between Energy Cities and EUROCITIES. This networking village gave us an opportunity to share more with Plovdiv and hopefully contribute to a better take-up of solutions and practices developed across the projects.” Bernadett Köteles – Degrendele

All nine smart city projects on show at the European Sustainable Energy Week are funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme.

More information can be found at:


Smart cities project coordinator, Bernadett Köteles – Degrendele, EUROCITIES, Sharing Cities replication and communication lead

Telephone number: +32-479-520.481




List of projects involved: RemoUrban, Triangulum, GrowSmarter, Replicate, SmarterTogether, SharingCities, SmartEnCity, RUGGEDISED, mySMARTlife. These can be found on the website:[0]=field_scis_clusters%3A951

More information about the Horizon2020 funding programme can be found here:

A manifesto formally recognising cooperation between the Lighthouse City projects was signed in Nottingham (United Kingdom) on 29 March 2017:

Many of the projects have City Interest Groups where towns and cities from outside the projects are invited to follow the projects and participate in the capacity activities on offer.

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


Nathan Pierce

Programme Director

Greater London Authority


Bernadett K├Âteles-Degrendele

Communication & Replication

+32 479 52 04 81