Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Public Sector

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

Smartcity Barcelona

Relevant urban sustainability topic

climate (mitigation, adaptation,…)
resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)
infrastructure (built environment)
biodiversity (biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes,…)
lifestyles (sustainable consumption, recreation, leisure,…)
social economy (unemployment, education, diversity, inclusive economy,…)
sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

Start year


Brief project summary

Barcelona is working to merge urban planning, ecology, and information technology to ensure the benefits of technology reach every neighbourhood and improve the lives of all citizens. Barcelona’s initiative is complemented by a long-term vision of building productive, human-scale neighbourhoods within a hyper-connected, high-speed and zero-emission metropolis.

Short activity description

Now, Barcelona has 22 Smart City programmes:

Telecomunications Network, Urban Platform, Intelligent Data, Smart Lighting, Energy Efficiency, Smart Water, Smart Mobility, Renaturalization, Urban Transformation, Smart Urban Furniture, Urban Resiliency, Citizens, Open Government, Barcelona in your pocket, Smart Waste Collection, Smart Regulation, Smart Innovation, Smart health and social services, Education, Smart Tourist Destination, Infrastructure and Logistics, Leisure and Culture. All these programs are integrated within Bercelona’s conceptual model.

Two more international programs are provided additionally: International Positioning and International Cooperation. These international programs are very important for Barcelona's economy to be globally well known, attractive and competitive.

Achieved impact

Barcelona Smart City has already had a large impact, both in terms of improving efficiency and the quality of life of city residents.

·         50% of lighting power is controlled remotely

·         25% savings in water consumption

·         30% Savings in consumption

·         9 Parks monitored

While the long-term impacts of these measures are difficult to quantify in their various stages of development, it is clear that Barcelona Smart City has already and will continue to serve as a best practice for other global cities seeking to employ the best available technologies to develop sustainability initiatives in the best interest of their citizens.

Is this project a best practice? Why?

This project is an inspiring example of long-term innovative thinking. The upgrades and improvements are designed to be permanent features of the city’s infrastructure and are intended to make Barcelona a city of the future: able to take on economic and environmental challenges in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

A key understanding undergirding Barcelona’s approach to its smart city efforts is the idea that the city functions as a network of networks.  

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