Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy

The mySMARTLife project supports the transformation of EU cities through proposing an Urban Transformation Strategy based on the smart people and smart economy pillars. The strategy will be demonstrated in the ‘lighthouse cities’ of Hamburg (Germany), Helsinki (Finland) and Nantes (France), taking into account challenges facing these cities. The project will also define long term advanced urban plans that consider a rigorous impact assessment, an active citizen engagement in the decision-making process and a structured business approach.

Developing and testing of integrated innovative solutions in the ‘lighthouse cities’ focuses on the following areas:
• high performance district (smart homes, smart buildings, renewables, district heating and cooling);
• smart grids;
• mobility (electric vehicles, smart charging infrastructure)

The project deploys an extensive monitoring and evaluation programme to assess the effectiveness of mySMARTLife actions and interventions as compared to the initial situation, the project's objectives and expected results.

Replication of the results is a very important aspect of the project. Four ‘follower cities’ - Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) and Varna (Bulgaria) - will take up on the solutions deployed in the ‘lighthouse cities’. Additionally, as part of the replication efforts, the project plans to launch the ‘mySMARTLife Cities Network’, which will gather cities that are interested in exchanging experiences with the lighthouse and follower cities.

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01/12/2016 to 30/11/2021
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