A new report, released as part of the SMART-ECO project, provides profiles of five cities in France that are pursuing the ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ agendas in urban development.

The publication, authored by Eric Jolivet and Anna Bond, looks at Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nice and Toulouse.

The concept of the ‘smart-eco’ city reflects what is often a large overlap between the newer ‘smart’ agenda (usually focusing on areas such as ICT, urban infrastructure and governance) and the existing sustainability agenda (covering areas such as energy, waste management and mobility as well as economic development).

The SMART-ECO research programme, of which the International Eco-Cities Initiative is a partner, is investigating urban projects across Europe and China.

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