Cities in the 21st century face huge challenges such as rising numbers of migrants, climate change and the need to save CO2. Such tasks require new and complex planning strategies to enact smart urban solutions on transport, production and consumption. At the same time, more and more people want a say on how their district develops and this requires new ways of participating. Now, the EU Commission has approved a project entitled mySmartLife developed jointly by Hamburg, Helsinki and Nantes on how to meet demands linked to this transformation.
Hamburg Bergedorf to play a leading role
For five years, the three partners cities and the so-called follower cities of Varna in Bulgaria, Bydgoszcz in Poland, Rijeka in Croatia and Palencia in Spain will use fixed measures, projects and strategies to show how cities can face these challenges and involve people in the decision-making process. In Hamburg, the project will get underway in Bergedorf where the district administration will also be responsible for the German part of the project.
Smart companies to be created
A consortium of 14 partners including Deutsche Telekom, HafenCity University, Stromnetz Hamburg, University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein and Volkswagen AG were behind the original application for the project, which will receive EUR 20 million in funds. At the centre of the project are renewable energies, environment and climate-friendly mobility as well as comprehensive public involvement and simultaneously implementing smart technology solutions.
Hopes are high that the mySmartLife project will lead to future-orientated jobs and founding more innovative, smart companies. Further details about the project will be announced at the anticipated start in the fourth quarter of 2016. At present, the project is still in the preparatory phase, according to the Bergedorf district administration.
Sources and further information:
Bezirksamt Bergedorf, Management öffentlicher Raum