A new report, released as part of the SMART-ECO project, provides profiles of three cities in Germany that have considerable ambitions in relation to the ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ agendas in urban development.

The publication, which looks at Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, is authored by a partner on the research programme, Philipp Späth.

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).

These overlapping areas are being investigated in the SMART-ECO research programme, which looks at urban initiatives across Europe and China, and of which the International Eco-Cities Initiative is a partner.

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