Smart City and Sustainable Development
The smart city concept incorporates a range of areas of urban life, from renewable energy production and more significant implementation to the introduction of green mobility solutions and new technologies and citizen engagement. In the context of the Smart City, IBS has previous experience organizing citizen engagement activities and conducting and evaluating social innovation, networking, and management, replication of smart solutions, and communication. In the context of sustainable development, we have been involved in several projects and studies promoting green and active mobility and have contributed to projects planning the strategic development of a fair transition and smart city.
We have developed and used several smart city tools and methodologies, both independently and with partners:
- Planning roadmap – In the SmartEnCity project, IBS developed an interactive replication roadmap to help municipalities start and/or continue the process of creating an energy and climate plan and planning for a green transition.
- Cities4ZERO – IBS developed a new methodological framework – Cities4ZERO – to support municipalities in planning and implementing carbon reduction (SmartEnCity).
- Inclusion toolbox – In the project GreenSAM, IBS developed an interactive toolbox of inclusion tools to help engage specific target groups in planning processes and tailor inclusion to their needs.
- Impact analysis and evaluation – IBS has analyzed the competencies of municipalities in decarbonization, evaluated proposals for conducting a fair transition in East-Viru County, and organized cross-project and substantive evaluations of activities of the AllThings.bioPRO bioeconomy and GreenSAM projects.
In addition, IBS is one of the leaders of the Estonian Smart City Cluster, which brings together local governments, and works closely with the Tartu City Government and other Estonian municipalities. Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu, TalTech, and the Tartu Regional Energy Agency are among our good partners in smart city and sustainable development projects.