The EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities was launched with an awareness workshop in Brussels in September 2010. The research framework of the programme has been shaped throughout a series of further workshops from December 2010 till September 2011. The entire Joint programme is structured in 4 sub-programmes with a clear focus on energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy sources within urban areas. The main objective is the development of scientific tools and methods that will enable an intelligent design, planning and operation of the energy system of an entire city in the near future. An integrated approach will be adopted for the planned research activities in order to capture the interfaces between all the relevant elements of the energy system, such as thermal and electric energy networks, buildings, energy supply technologies and the end-user.

To achieve this it is constructively liaising with other initiatives, including -

  • European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities and Communities (EIP)
  • European Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform
  • European Member States Initiative Smart Cities


  • Energy in cities (coordinator AIT and VITO)
  • Urban energy networks (coordinator ENEA and AIT)
  • Energy-efficient interactive buildings (coordinator NTNU and SINTEF)
  • Urban city related supply technologies (coordinator GiTSE (University of Zaragoza) and AIT)

UK Representation

The UK involvement is being led by Dr Steven Firth of Loughborough University. Please contact Dr Firth or Michael Weston for more information and to get involved.