This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N°774094.
STARDUST is an EU Horizon 2020 Smart Cities project, which brings together advanced European cities, thus forming into a constellation of “innovation islands” – exemplary models of smart, highly efficient, intelligent and citizen-oriented cities.
Technical green solutions and innovative non-technical solutions will be implemented and validated, enabling them to be bankable and replicable for other cities. Indeed, STARDUST will lighten up the path for cities to relish a more sustainable livelihood by interweaving innovation and imagination at your fingertips.
Cities are highly complex systems. We have seen over the years the evolution of urbanization all over the world yet these cities lack the sustainability required to form a fruitful symbiosis with its citizens. Thus, we saw a rising number of urban challenges in these cities including atmospheric pollution, traffic congestion, fuel poverty, high energy consumption, digital gap and issues with regards to economic growth and job creation.
Energy, mobility and information and communication technologies (ICT) have been identified recently as key elements in improving citizens’ quality of life. In spite the positive outlook they provided, the “dumbing down attitude” of solving urban challenges failed to address the other issues interconnected to them. Thus, a more holistic approach in the form of interdisciplinary solutions, both technical and non-technical, is needed to approach the said urban challenges predominant in many cities.
In STARDUST, intelligent solutions for energy, mobility and ICT will be integrated in cities together with innovative business models, which will serve as blueprints for replication across Europe and abroad. These synergy of actions will transform cities into living labs, platforms where citizens and community engagement will become the driving elements to improve not only their way of life but also their local economies.
The project is fully aligned with the Clean Energy for All Europeans strategy and involves three lighthouse cities and four follower cities.
STARDUST’s objective is to introduce low carbon, highly efficient, intelligent, and citizen oriented cities. This will be done by providing green technical solutions and innovative business models to address the urban challenges identified by the cities involved.
These challenges have got to do with the environment, society, mobility, energy, economy and the cities’ visibility. To name a few examples are urban poverty, poor waste management, incremental air pollution and traffic congestion, lack of jobs, high energy cost and poor international recognition.
According to the challenges pointed out, selected targets are to be met by STARDUST. These include:
-Creating several “innovation islands”, or urban incubators that demonstrate scalable, cost-effective and bankable urban scale solutions
-Creating smart ecosystems that makes use of the new economic paradigm in European cities that is based heavily on eco-innovation, market competitiveness, low carbon usage, and promotion of a circular economy
-Creating and deploying open city information platforms, an ICT platform that allows both lighthouse and follower cities to engage actively with one another and to address effectively their issues with the technical partners
-Organizing and fostering the lighthouse cities’ solutions, which will be transferred and replicated to the follower cities