mySMARTLife project aims at the development of an Urban Transformation Strategy to support cities in the definition of transition models, as a suitable path to reach high level of excellence in its development process, addressing the main city challenges and progressing to the smart people and smart economy concepts.

The main instrument to achieve this very ambitious strategy will be the definition of the Advanced Urban Planning, consisting of an integrated approach of the planned city interventions on the basis of a rigorous impact assessment, an active citizen engagement in the decision-making process and a structured business approach, from the city business model perspective, to the economic framework for big companies and local SMEs and Start-Ups.

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 7 countries are working with joint forces on making sustainable cities with smart people and smart economy a reality. Activities are taking place in the three demonstrator 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 cities more environmentally friendly. But the project´s objectives go far beyond these aims.

“Inclusive cities” is the new keyword, offering a high quality of life, where citizens are playing a vital role in the development of the city. This is what the project aims at with the concept of “smart people”. At the same time, the mySMARTLife partners focus also 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.

Apart from these non-technological actions, the activities planned and carried out in the three demonstrator cities include also a technological level in connection with refurbishments of buildings, usage of renewable energies, clean transport and supporting ICT solutions.

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

Lighthouse cities and follower cities

The activities are planned and carried out in three lighthouse cities Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland).

The 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. On a third level, 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.

The members of the consortium are:

CARTIF Technology Centre (as coordinator), Nantes Metropole, Engie, Armines, Cerema, Enedis, City of Hamburg, HafgenCity University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Volkswagen, Konsalt, Energienetz Hamburg, City of Helsinki, Forum Virium Helsinki, VTT, Helen, Fourdeg, Salusfig, Helsinki Metropolia University, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, Tecnalia, Nobatek, Esade Business School, City of Bydgoszcz, City of Palencia, City of Varna and City of Rijeka.