Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Energy & Utilities

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)


Relevant urban sustainability topic

climate (mitigation, adaptation,…)
resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)
infrastructure (built environment)
lifestyles (sustainable consumption, recreation, leisure,…)
sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

Start year


End year


Brief project summary

The GrowSmarter project introduces 12 Smart Solutions (sustainable urban mobility, low energy districts, integrated infrastructures) to meet the three different aspects of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.

1. To improve the quality of life for European citizens;
2. To reduce the environmental impact;
3. To create a sustainable economic development.

Short activity description

GrowSmarter demonstrates 12 Smart Solutions combining several integrated close-to market technologies to form a common business model.

The solutions will be tested in 3 different city areas – representatives for many European cites: Downtown city district, nearby suburb about to be densified and a former industrial/business area which partly will be turned into residential area.

The Lighthouse cities together with industry partners implement and validate 12 Smart Solutions, regarding their energy efficiency, Greenhouse gas saving capacity, economic viability and also economic impact and spinoff. These solutions are well chosen and are in line with the city’s urban strategies and plans, as well as with consumer and other organizations such as the tenants associations.

Business models are developed and by the end of the project fine-tuned and implemented together with 5 follower cities, resulting in a set of well tested and validated business models with the capacity to be implemented on sheer economical merits and with a potential to increase European growth and technology export. Both Lighthouse cities and Follower cities are chosen to cover Europe geographically as well as by size, climate and economic growth.

Achieved impact

The consortium is formed by 37 partners: cities, research centers and private companies.
GrowSmarter will demonstrate wide-scale, innovative, replicable and integrated solutions in the energy, transport, and ICT.
On the demonstration level GrowSmarter will implement 12 replicable Smart Solutions in the field of energy transport and ICT. Together they will:

1. Accommodate the cities’ needs of good housing, reliable infrastructure for energy, waste and mobility;
2. Reduce the need of energy by 60 %, greenhouse gas emissions with approximately 60 % and local emissions from transport esp NOx by 60% of the chosen districts;
3. Create 1.500 new jobs on the demonstration level.

Is this project a best practice? Why?

A smart solution often includes several business partners cooperating and sometimes also a slight change of legislative preconditions – e.g. giving increased delivery access to bundled goods compared to non-bundled. By combining several close-to market technologies with private-public partnership, where public authorities e.g. can use their regulatory power to overcome market failures and business partners hence dare to invest, it will be possible to break up deadlocks, exploit win-win-solutions and start a market development.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

During the first year of the project the inception and preparation phase is being carried out. The implementation of the project will be mainly carried out next years. In consequence it is necessary to wait until the evaluation and monitoring of the measures in order to analyse the main lessons learned.

The key is the necessary and close cooperation between government and private enterprise to develop solutions that impact the lives of citizens.

More information on the project

Other details

Project by Endesa, an Enel Group company.