Sustainable and ecological cities


Coordinated by CARTIF, mySMARTLife aims to create sustainable cities, more environmentally friendly, by reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the use of RES. 150 smart actions will take place in the lighthouse cities Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki while follower Cities Bydgoszcz, Rijeka and Palencia will learn from these experiences. “Smart Citizens“, playing a vital role in their city’s development and “Smart Economy” as an innovative and dynamic economic concept, will be the basis of this urban transformation.

The interventions planned and carried out in the lighthouse cities include innovative technological solutions connected to high-performance buildings, usage of RES, clean transport and supported by ICT solutions.


  • Transforming cities into more sustainable and environmentally friendly places.
  • Reducing CO2 emissions, increasing the use of RES.
  • Involving citizens in planning the urban transformation.
  • Increasing the digitalization of cities by Urban Platforms.
  • Implement 150+ smart actions in Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki.
  • Passing on experiences to Bydgoszcz, Rijeka and Palencia and to mySMARTLife Cities Network.


  • Advanced urban planning through Smart People and Smart Economy.
  • Development of Replication plans of smart actions in follower cities.
  • Smart people: engaging citizens in the urban planning ecosystem, to create an attractive environment for human activities.
  • Smart economy: A solid economic framework to fix talent and companies (SMEs, start-ups).
  • Developing a evaluation framework by a set of KPIs.

Expected results

  • 6 Urban transformation strategies in Nantes, Hamburg, Helsinki, Palencia, Rijeka and Bydgoszcz.
  • 369,509 m2 retrofitted, 66,441 m2 of new construction in Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki.
  • 55% of energy efficiency improvement and 54% of RES energy.
  • 2,095 kWh of electricity storage.
  • 49 ktons of CO2 emission savings.
  • 30 EV, 84 charging stations, approx. 300 e-Buses and two autonomous e-buses.


  • Nantes Métropole
  • Engie
  • Nobatek
  • Helsingin Kaupunki
  • Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Armines
  • Cerema
  • Enedis
  • VTT
  • Helen
  • Fourdeg
  • Hamburg
  • Hafen City University
  • HAW
  • Salusfin
  • Metropolia
  • Steinbeis
  • Enercity
  • Telekom
  • Konsalt
  • Bydgoszcz
  • Palencia
  • Rijeka
  • Energie Netz Hamburg
  • Tecnalia


Video presenttion of the project:


H2020-SCC-1-2016 – GA: 731297


Total budget: 21,2 M€
Contribution:18.7 M€
Period: 12/2016 – 09/2022 


Rubén García Pajares

Energy Division


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