The SmartEnCity Network was founded in February 2016 by Sonderborg in Denmark, Tartu in Estonia and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain. The network is financed by the EU and is open to new member cities.
The 76,000 citizens of the little-known Danish municipality Sonderborg act, while politicians talk and climate change is accelerating. They share the vision of ProjectZero, and are committed to making Sonderborg climate neutral by 2029.
Tartu is home to a lot of smartness. Often called the intellectual capital of Estonia, Tartu with its 100,000 inhabitants, is a town of intellectuals, scientists, creatives and students, making it a hotbed for creative and scientific culture. Also known as the City of Good Thoughts, Tartu already has a good track record as a smart city.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country, and with 240,000 inhabitants is a Europe-leading municipality investing in green economy, which was European Green Capital in 2012. The city also has a clear strategy to become greener and smarter.
Lecce, also known as the “Florence of South Italy” is a medium sized city of 95,200 inhabitants, a city of art with a very old history. Lecce has developed some initiatives to increase the energy performances of the existing building stock and supports the creation and development of green spaces in the urban built environment.
The Municipality of Asenovgrad, with 68,000 inhabitants, is active in promoting energy efficient solutions, the use of renewable energy and supporting environmentally aware citizens, with many initiatives planned.