What are smart cities and communities?
A smart city uses innovative technologies to support traditional networks and services. Both citizens and businesses benefit from smart cities.
By 2050, around two thirds of the world’s population will live in towns and cities. As urban populations continue to grow, the demand for services and pressure on resources will increase. This will put a strain on energy, water, waste, mobility and other utilities essential for prosperity and sustainability in cities.
Smart cities can help us combat these pressures and work towards sustainability through projects such as smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities. They also look for more efficient ways to light and heat buildings.
Smart cities also mean a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces, and an ability to react to the needs of ageing populations.
The European Commission is working towards smart cities in a number of ways, including achieving a smart city digital ecosystem, maximising efficiency and flexibility, building consensus, connecting Europe, and looking towards climate neutral and smart cities.