Esmartcity in a nutshell

The Esmartcity project aims at improving energy efficiency in public buildings and public lighting networks by using new technologies. Its objective is to promote Mediterranean smart cities, which invest in digital solutions to offer citizen better services, reduce their environmental impacts and produce new employability and living scenarios. More generally, Esmartcity aims at supporting innovation to favor green growth and sustainable development in the Mediterranean area.


Funded by the European Union through the Interreg Med program (budget: 2.5 M€), the Esmartcity project units 10 partners from 6 South-European countries: 

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina (City Development Agency East Sarajevo);
  • France (Capenergies, INSA Lyon);
  • Greece (Industrial Systems Institute [ISI], Region of Western Greece);
  • Italy (Abruzzo Region – lead partner, Metropolitan City of Milan, Politecnico di Milano);
  • Portugal (Energy and Environment Agency of Arrábida);
  • Spain (Energy Agency of Granada).


From February 2018 to July 2020, the Esmartcity project consists of several steps: 

  • Implement new technologies on 9 pilot sites:
    • 4 public lighting networks:
      • the Veljine square in East Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina);
      • the INSA Lyon campus (France);
      • the Pescara’s northern seafront (Italy);
      • the Agrón’s streets and the Huetor Tajar’s sportive facilities (Spain);
    • 5 public buildings’ groups:
      • the ISI laboratory in the Patras Science Park (Greece);
      • 13 buildings in the 3 prefectures of Western Greece (Aitolokarnania, Achaia, Ileia) + 1 pilot school in the University of Patras (Greece);
      • the headquarters of the Metropolitan City of Milan + 2 high schools in Lombardy (Italy);
      • the DEIB department in the Politecnico di Milano (Italy);
      • 24 buildings (municipal offices, culture hall, library, theater) in 3 cities in the Arrábida Natural Park: Palmela, Setubal and Sesimbra (Portugal).



    • Analyze and assess the results, in particular through surveys submitted to end-users. Main results include:
      • Reduction of energy consumption;
      • Reduction of public spending related to this consumption;
      • Improvement of users’ comfort in the pilot buildings, in particular through the temperature, humidity and air quality control;
      • Reduction of light pollution and preservation of night safety on the pilot lighting sites.


          • Exchange best practices with pioneer smart cities (study visits in Copenhagen and Nice) and with other Interreg Med projects for green growth.


            • Transfer the results and share experiences with:
              • businesses: workshops have been organized to present the technologies used on pilot sites to local businesses and/or to support them in marketing their solutions toward public authorities; clusters also promoted the smart city concept across their networks;
              • public authorities: further to the pilot testing and to the exchange of best practices, the project partners will gather recommendations in a green paper for innovation policy change. In spring 2020, they will also organize workshops in their respective regions in order to present it to public authorities. Finally, they will propose them to officially agree with it by signing a protocol at the project closing event in summer 2020 in Aix-Marseille.


            Throughout the project, the partners strongly encourage interactions between businesses, public authorities, citizens and higher education/research institutions (the “quadruple helix” actors) in order to foster innovation inside dynamic ecosystems. They particularly support clusters as they are designed to bring these different actors together.


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            Smart lighting pilots
            Smart buildings pilots