The largest EU funding program so far, Horizon 2020, is investing 80 billion euros overall in innovations between 2014 and 2020. One focus topic is Smart City, with lighthouse projects being funded on a yearly basis in the areas of:
- energy-neutral housing
- information and communication technology (ICT).
These topics shall be implemented in the context of participatory and sustainable city development. It is essential to reduce CO2 production, direct the control of decentralized renewable energies and establish multimodal (e-) mobility solutions to enhance quality of life and create new jobs.
The three current lighthouse projects with German lighthouse cities: Grow Smarter (Cologne, Barcelona, Stockholm, launch 2014), Smarter Together (Munich, Lyon, Wien, launch 2015) mySMARTLife (Hamburg, Helsinki, Nantes, launch 2016) are showing for the first time at a single booth their results and a planned cooperation as a network.
Cooperation of the three German lighthouse cities
To address the challenges of climate change on a common basis and to share national and international knowledge, the three German lighthouse cities will cooperate in future on a stronger basis. The aim is the direct exchange of knowledge between the different projects, joint excursions and workshops, the exchange of scientific results as well as the rapid dissemination of the knowledge gained inside the German city network to support future "SmartCity" projects and cooperation.