Stockholm wins world smart city award

21st November 2019 Christopher Carey

Stockholm has claimed the Smart City 2019 award for its GrowSmarter project at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The Swedish capital was commended for its ‘innovation, openness and connectivity’ and efforts to improve living conditions for residents.

GrowSmarter brings together the public and private sectors to integrate 12 smart city solutions across energy, infrastructure and mobility.

It was one of three projects chosen from over 19 submissions to receive support from the European Commission’s ‘smart cities and communities’ category under the Horizon 2020 funding stream.

Speaking after the ceremony, Gustaf Landahl, Stockholm GrowSmarter Coordinator told Cities Today: “We’re very proud and very happy to receive this award.

“We’ve been doing this [project] for five years now with Cologne, Barcelona and other organisations, and this really proves that we’re doing the right things.”

The three ‘lighthouse cities’ of Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona, cooperated over the course of the project, rolling out the 12 steps in a number of city locations to ensure a sample base representative of European cities.

“Many of our solutions are already being replicated in other cities because by showing, you can prove that things work, and then others follow after,” added Landahl.

Stockholm has been working on climate change mitigation and adaptation since the 1990s, with carbon dioxide emissions being cut by an average of 25 percent per resident since 1990.

This year’s awards saw entries from 54 countries worldwide, with 28 finalists selected across seven categories.

Other winning cities included Los Angeles, which won the Governance and Finance award for its data science initiatives under the LA Data Science Federation. 

The project, a collaborative research partnership between the City of Los Angeles and 18 LA area colleges and universities, has to date launched over 40 projects that use data science to tackle some of the city’s toughest challenges and support data-driven decision making for city government.

In total, more than 450 entries were received for the 2019 awards, with the jury including representatives from Barcelona City Council, UITP , UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Smart City Expo World Congress.

The winning cities included:

Category Project/Company City
City Award GrowSmarter Stockholm
Digital Transformation People’s Government of Yingtan Yingtan, China
Mobility Urban Cable Car System La Paz, Bolivia
Urban Environment Hexagon Madison, AL
Inclusive & Sharing Cities Government of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gov. & Finance Data Science Federation of LA Los Angeles
Innovative Idea FCC Environment Barcelona, Spain

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