"This kind of callout attracts the most promising initiatives across Europe and receives significant support from the EU, which makes the projects prestigious and sought after. Now City of Gothenburg is once again given the chance to show itself as one of Europe's smartest cities," says Eva Pavic, project coordinator at Johanneberg Science Park.
The IRIS project was considered a competitive initiative, chosen among applications from cities across the whole of Europe. Of the 18 million euros that the EU has now granted, Gothenburg will receive a total of 3.8 million euros (around 37 million krona) over five years.
"Being awarded the project is a great acknowledgment that Gothenburg is one of Europe's leading cities in innovation development and the development of sustainable cities. Together with other actors, such as academia, research institutes, innovation agencies and private actors, we want to help increase the rate of innovation even more. Digital data capabilities in the form of open data, Minecraft City model, cloud solutions and more, are being tested with the aim of climate-smart energy solutions and mobility solutions," says Bernt Svensén, Manager Green Gothenburg at Business Region Gothenburg.
In the project, starting 1 October, Gothenburg, Nice and Utrecht will develop smart solutions for energy, sustainable transport and develop the use of open data.
The project will include developing new solutions in renewable energy, how it can be stored and managed, as well as sustainable transport. Utrecht in the Netherlands, for example, has come a long way in introducing electric vehicles in the city and they are adept at transferring energy from the vehicles into the national grid.
"Here we see that Gothenburg has something to learn. We will follow the work of the other cities and take advantage of their experiences and lessons learned," says Eva Pavic.
Open data beneficial for many
In the City of Gothenburg, data is collected about anything and everything, such as road construction, waste management and air quality.
“Companies, associations and private individuals should also be able to access the data and make better choices or create informative services – such as an app – that others can benefit from,” says Kim Lantto, Development Manager for Digital Service and Coordinator for Open Data in the City of Gothenburg.
“We will collect data and share it free in the same way in Europe. We would, for instance, want Gothenburg residents to be able to get information about how much waste each and every person in the city creates, and how much a Utrecht or Nice resident creates”, he continues.
Four follow-up cities will test, challenge and replicate project solutions to spread across Europe: Vaasa (Finland) Alexandroupolis (Greece) Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania).