Aims of the project:

Sharing Cities project aims at the creation of a “near-zero” emission districts able to address the major 21st century environmental challenges and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants through the adoption of smart and sustainable solutions and the development of innovative business models.
Actually, the project demonstration districts in 3 lighthouse cities (Milan-London-Lisbon) becomes a real “open-air laboratory” of urban regeneration and innovation at European level thanks to the application of cutting-edge sustainable technologies in the mobility and energy sectors, shared and replicable in other cities (Follower cities: Bordeaux- Burgas-Warsaw).
Basing on the idea a “smart city” cannot be only technology-driven, but centered on its citizens, the project sees the involvement of companies, third sector and citizens not only as simple stakeholders, but also as solution-holders capable of co-designing, co-developing and co-producing services, goods, practices and policies to increase the quality of urban environment and life.

Key challenges:

The main challenges addressed by the project are:

  • increase accessibility to sustainable and shared mobility;
  • favoring intermodality and connection between the historic city center and the suburbs;
  • reduce energy consumption, environmental and noise pollution;
  • increase the inclusion of citizens in strategic land planning;
  • attract public-private investments
  • replicate in other municipalities across Europe

The central theme of “Sharing Cities” is about testing and implementing the successful integration of physical, digital and human systems in urban settings to deliver sustainable forms of urban management and a better future for communities and citizens.
Hence, the core of project bases on three main topics (People, Place and Platform) supported by other five Work Packages ensuring the successful results’ achievement.

Key success factors:

  • The fruitful collaboration among multiple kind of partner: academia, industry, NGOs, public bodies.

  • The expertise of cities on the fields covered by the project and a positive starting context.

In particular, the City of Milan, since 2012, has developed and adopted a range of Plans across the following policy areas: urban development, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, sharing economy, resilience and smart city. The latter covers all of smart mobility, smart environment, smart inclusion and citizenship, and sets out a bold agenda which envisage, amongst a much wider range of activities, the reorientation of demand for transport services, the standardization of technologies and forms of payment and the adoption of several energy efficiency solutions. According to the principles of Green & Smart Economy, the City’s smart city plan sets out how the development of new sectors of the local economy should be developed to ensure future economic vitality and city competitiveness, and how networks, resources and partnerships at national level and across the world can enhance these.

In this sense it adopted a sharing policy framework to support new forms of collaboration between public administration, private companies, civil society, citizens, where different actors are not only simple stakeholders, but also solution-holders capable of co-designing, co-developing and co-producing services, goods, practices and policies

Key learnings:

  • During project implementation we have faced the privacy issue and according with GDPR we have worked to balance data protection right with the need to share data for improve daily life of citizens.
  • Smart city integrated approach centered on citizens

Project details:

Organisation: 3 lighthouse cities: Milan, London, Lisbon; 3 fellow cities: Bordeaux, Burgas, Warsaw and 36 partners from academia, industry, NGOs, public bodies

Funding: Public contribution by European Commission; private contribution of 30% of total costs by private partners belonging to the project. 

Total project cost: 28 045 835 €

How long the project took from concept approval to implementation: 3,5 months.

How long has the project been operational: 60 months.

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