Hamburg is one of the top ten smart cities in Europe. The Elbe city was ranked eight in the survey of U.S. climate strategist Boyd Cohen. His ranking lists Europe‘s most innovative, environmentally-friendly and sustainable cities. Awarded the European Green Capital designation in 2011, Hamburg has been ranked 17th by Mercer in 2012 and eighth by Numbeo as one of the world‘s most liveable cities.
As best practice of the wide-scale transformation Hamburg embarked on in recent years, Cohen quotes HafenCity, with 157 hectares Europe’s largest urban regeneration project. Since the launch of the “EU European Smart Cities and Communities“ initiative, a lot has happened in Hamburg. Individual projects for sustainable energy supply have been encouraged.
Also, emission-free mobility has been introduced and expanded by projects like “switchh“ and “Wirtschaft am Strom“. With the top position in IDC‘s Smart Cities Benchmark 2012, Hamburg‘s efforts were soon recognised. Hamburg also pursues a smart government policy. As one of ten cities worldwide, the Hanseatic city participates in the “Microsoft CityNext“, empowering people by digital architecture. In the use of IT, Hamburg is the national leader, with all schools networking.
The leadership role played by Hamburg in the digital awakening within the smart city policy is underlined by the Senate‘s new digital strategy and influential events such as the Social Media Week held recently. On 21 October 2014, Hamburg will host the eighth national IT summit at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. There, Chancellor Merkel wants to discuss and develop objectives and actions of a new strategy for the digital change.