A new report, released as part of the SMART-ECO research programme, provides detailed case studies of ten cities in the UK that have substantial ‘smart-eco’ ambitions.

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.

The cities profiled are Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough and Sheffield. The case studies include examples of projects occurring in each city, such as open data platforms, smart infrastructure projects, online public engagement platforms, renewable energy installations and training schemes for digital skills.

The report is authored by partners on the SMART-ECO Project: Federico Caprotti, Robert Cowley, Andrew Flynn, Simon Joss and Li Yu.

Image: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, combining ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ through biodiversity-rich parkland, low-carbon homes, wireless networks and a digital hub. Copyright: Fakhriazam Afsahi.

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