European Project mySMARTLife

Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of Smart Life and Economy

mySMARTLife is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, 28 partners from seven countries are collaborating to make sustainable cities with smart people and a smart economy a reality. Activities will take place in the three demonstration cities Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki.

The mySMARTLife project aims, as one main pillar, at reducing the CO2 emissions of cities, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and making the demonstration cities more environmentally friendly. But the project´s objectives go far beyond these aims.

“Inclusive cities” is the new keyword. Inclusive cities offer a high quality of life, where citizens play a vital role in the development of the city. The project aims to develop the concept of “smart people”. At the same time, the mySMARTLife partners will also focus on the “smart economy” approach – they want to realise an innovative and dynamic economic concept that guarantees employment and adequate income, attracts talents and provides goods and services according to the actual requirements.

In addition to these non-technological actions, the activities planned and carried out in the three demonstrator cities also include new technological developments in connection with refurbishments of buildings, usage of renewable energies, clean transport and supporting ICT solutions.

An integrated planning process, where citizens are actively involved in the decision making process, links the actions in different fields (e.g. mobility, sustainable energy). Following a structured city business model, this will lead to an integrated urban transformation strategy, which can be easily transferred to other cities.

Key activities are planned and will be carried out in the three lighthouse cities Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). Four follower cities – Varna (Bulgaria), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) – will directly learn from these experiences and set up their own urban transformation plans. In addition, cities from Europe and beyond are invited to exchange experiences and learn directly from the mySMARTLife findings and results by joining the mySMARTLife cities network.

SEZ is project partner responsible for dissemination and exploitation of project results and the project’s communication measures.

Project duration: 12/2016 – 11/2021
Countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Spain

Portrait Lena Ohlig
Lena Ohlig
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Portrait María Sol Rau
Dr. María Sol Rau
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