Sharing Cities, SmartEnCity, Smarter Together, and Replicate belong to the Smart Cities and Communities programme and have all begun in 2016. These projects come to an end in 2021.
During five years, 12 Lighthouse Cities and 11 Fellow Cities have addressed critical urban challenges such as energy use and the need to move towards low-carbon transport systems, with the common objective of increasing citizens’ quality of life.
The geographical coverage ensures a large diversity of urban and climate contexts.
All projects are a partnership of between 20 and 40 partners from public, private, and academic backgrounds. Sharing Cities and Replicate are led by city authorities, SmartEnCity is led by a private company and Smarter Together is led by a city-owned development agency in Lyon (SPL Lyon Confluence). All these organisations have one shared common challenge – to orchestrate an ecosystem of partners with different strategies, horizons, rationales to deliver a complex portfolio of projects that make the case for smart, low-energy solutions. For cities, it is an important change: rather than simply delivering or operating services, the emphasis is on designing and building them with differing levels of involvement from a wide range of stakeholders.
This diversity between projects and cities has resulted in a broad portfolio of implementations relevant to the major urban challenges of today and adapted to the size and characteristics of the urban environment.
It is therefore a real source of solutions on which other cities can build relevant initiatives in their area.
Thus, the Sharing Cities, SmartEnCity, Smarter Together, and Replicate consortia wanted to pass on their experience by writing a joint report.