European Context

Today 78% of European citizens live in cities, and 85% of the EU’s GDP is generated in cities. 

Context

Many European cities are forerunners in the much-needed transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy. Cities are central to delivering on key challenges for Europe’s society and economy: jobs, growth and investment, innovation, energy efficiency, low-carbon development and CO -reduction - to name a few.

Today 78% of European citizens live in cities, and 85% of the EU’s GDP is generated in cities. Many European cities are forerunners in the much-needed transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy. Cities are central to delivering on key challenges for Europe’s society and economy: jobs, growth and investment, innovation, energy- efficiency, low-carbon development and CO -reduction - to name a few.

Why smart cities and communities?

OPPORTUNITIES: Linking and upgrading infrastructures, technologies and services in key urban sectors (transport, buildings, energy, ICT) in a smart way will improve quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability of our cities. This is a strong growth market, estimated globally to be worth €1.3 trillion in 2020 - a great export market for European business.

CHALLENGES: Markets are often fragmented, missing out on their full economic potential. Many innovative solutions require new business models and fi nancing solutions for decreasing risk. Since demand for better infrastructures and services is high and still increasing but public budget is under pressure, knowledge needs to be shared effectively and capacities developed.

Why smart cities and communities?

OPPORTUNITIES: Linking and upgrading infrastructures, technologies and services in key urban sectors (transport, buildings, energy, ICT) in a smart way will improve quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability of our cities. This is a strong growth market, estimated globally to be worth €1.3 trillion in 2020 - a great export market for European business.

CHALLENGES: Markets are often fragmented, missing out on their full economic potential. Many innovative solutions require new business models and financing solutions for decreasing risk. Since demand for better infrastructures and services is high and still increasing but public budget is under pressure, knowledge needs to be shared effectively and capacities developed.

European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are European Commission initiatives driven by known challenges, and focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets.

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities is designed around by Priority Areas which area defined in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

Priorities of the EIP-Smart Cities and Communities
Priorities of the EIP Smart Cities and Communities

The 11 Priority Areas which have been set up so far to develop smarter cities are:

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and processes across Energy, ICT and Transport
  • Citizen focus
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Planning & management
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open data governance
  • Standards
  • Business Models, Procurement and Funding

For the time being, 8 of the 11 priority areas are covered by the six Action Clusters. These clusters organise the work of groups of partners as expressed in a Call for Commitments which was evaluated in 2014. You can browse the commitments that have been grouped under their respective Action Cluster. We are building on this to build opportunities for deals to be made in the EU marketplace for smart cities.