Through creation of a dialogue platform for Baltic and German cities, the project enables the exploration of strategies for sustainable urban infrastructure. In the long term, mutual learnings and common project development contribute to the discussion and development of sustainable and climate-friendly smart city concepts that can be implemented on a long-term.
The project follows a twofold goal: first, to promote European exchange and learnings on smart cities and climate mitigation by connecting pilot projects from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Germany. The purpose is to exchange best practices from various infrastructure sectors such as mobility, energy and waste management, water, and their mutual integration. Furthermore, to gain knowledge on climate efficient governance structures and on how to develop Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for climate mitigation and smart cities to foster efficient climate protection.
view on green roof top; photo: adelphi
Over 14 months, the project includes several activities. It invites partners from Baltic and German municipalities, in particular from their departments for digitization, environment, and urban development. It also includes municipal enterprises and energy agencies who are a key factor when it comes to the implementation of smart city solutions.
green garden beds on roof tops; photo: adelphi
The project includes four dialogue events (one in each country), dialogue documents, and the project website. During the dialogue events, the participants conceptualize climate-friendly smart solutions to improve the carbon footprint of cities through infrastructure alternatives. Municipalities are supported through the dialogue documents and website, which include specific guidelines for climate-friendly smart city development.
The project aims to contribute to the scientific and political discourse on smart cities, hoping to encourage cities to become more active in the field of climate mitigation through smart infrastructure.
While cities contribute to a large degree to CO2-emissions globally, they also face the effects of rising temperatures. In the EU, this increasingly encourages municipalities to develop “smart” solutions for urban infrastructures and their integration. Right now, there are several pilot projects run in Baltic and German cities. The Baltic Dialogue Platform on smart solutions for urban infrastructure wants to act as a link between these projects as well as encourage other cities to invest in the strategic planning of smart cities.
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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.