Pardy Cities ep.2: From London to Lisbon

Today, after a long swim and many kilometers on a bike, we visit Lisbon, second cities of  Sharing Cities Project.

Lisbon has a smart city strategy which sets the citizens and their needs at its core. Technology is just a means to an end: the city aims to become sustainable, competitive, participatory, creative, innovative and citizen-centric.

The demonstration area chosen for the SHARING CITIES project spreads over 10 km2 and has 100 000 inhabitants. This strategic location stretches from the riverfront to the centre of the city, and includes the main historic and tourist districts. The area poses several challenges, ranging from its particular orography to the historic nature of its buildings, and its ageing population.

The Lisbon City Hall building, due to its architectural and artistic value, is a classified and one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The decision of energy efficiency-oriented retrofit in this building is a living example of how a working public service building can improve its energy behaviour and still maintain the architectural features of historical Town Halls. The Lisbon City Hall retrofit intends to provide a rich case study, offering high replication potential to other cities that facing similar challenges.

Known for its hilly topography, the implementation of an electric bike sharing scheme in Lisbon managed via the Sharing Lisboa app has transformed the way people think about moving around the city. The scheme saw an uptake of 1,260 users and over 16 000 km travelled in its first 6 months. A realtime incentive-based system generates offers for users to move bikes from overcrowded docking stations to meet demand forecasted in other locations. The city now plans to further expand e-bikes across the city and into the suburbs, with bike lanes expected to double (to almost 200km) by 2022.

District’s smart city development focus

  • Improved mobility: a low-emission zone, better air quality, higher adoption of e-vehicles and public transportation
  • Improved municipal services: network of district monitoring sensors and district monitoring data platform
  • Building retrofit: incentives for refurbishment to improve energy efficiency and building resilience

Lisbon’s Digital Social Market (DSM) connects the city with local businesses, citizens and a third-party beneficiary to address sustainable behaviour change. The beneficiary in this case was a network of schools who used the platform to compete for city funding. This has enabled them to green their school infrastructure through sustainability-focused ‘packages’ of equipment or services to help improve their energy efficiency and encourage environmental awareness.

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