Memorandum of Understanding

Resilient territorial policies improve innovation ecosystem and capacities
We kindly ask you to accede to this memorandum by 16th July 2020!
By 2050, two thirds of the world population will be living in cities, consuming over 70% of world energy and emitting just as much greenhouse gases. As city populations grow, the demand for services and pressure on resources increases. This demand puts a strain on energy, water, waste, mobility and any other services that are essential for city prosperity and sustainability.
A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses.
A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better resource use and less emissions. It means striving for sustainability through smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities, and more efficient ways to globally manage the buildings and public lighting.
It also means a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population.
Reshaping our future Cities
To improve Mediterranean City innovation capacity, the Esmartcity project enhanced city innovation ecosystems by applying the Smart City concept towards infrastructure deployment and digitalization, leading to better citizen services, more efficient use of resources, and less environmental impact. Digitalization is an on-going socio-technical transition including new technologies and how they become embedded in society.
In order to reap digital innovation contributions in making urban environments more livable, cities must act proactively in using open infrastructure and open data to offer new services, breaking the silos between application domains, and enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation.
ESMARTCITY project has enrolled into 9 pilot testing interventions in the themes of smart buildings and smart street lighting. It has tested working methods, with key elements of bottom-up and participatory approaches, that have resulted in transferable and replicable policy recommendations on innovation policy change. These recommendations are targeted to local and regional policy stakeholders on the basis of a win-win Smart City paradigm opportunity for local communities, with positive impacts ranging from CO2 emission decrease to new jobs creation, opening of new and green businesses, and improving local population quality of life.
The ESMARTCITY Memorandum of Understanding
By acceding to this Memorandum ofUnderstanding, I manifest interest in:

Promoting smart energy efficient buildings, smart and efficient lighting, smarter
urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities,
as possible drivers for urban sustainable development.

Sharing information regarding ESMARTCITY project, contributing to the
dissemination and relevance of Smart City communities in the Mediterranean
area and beyond.

Taking into consideration the ESMARTCITY policy recommendations for
enhancement of Local Actions, and potential influence to Regional or National
Operational Programmes.