Solar Heating and Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency. The Programme's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from country members, sponsor members and the European Union. The benefits of this approach are: accelerates the pace of technology development; promotes standardization; enhances national R&D programmes; permits national specialization, and saves time and money.

Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development

The Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development initiative has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects. Objectives: New opportunities for the economy; Economical use of natural resources; Consolidation of Austria's position in the field of technology; Positive effects on the economy and on employment.

Bulgarian Green Building Council

The Bulgarian Green Building Council (BGBC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the built environment by changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. As a member of a world-wide network of organizations, we work together to build awareness in the public sector, build capacity through professional education, engage business to measure sustainability in the supply chain and product manufacturing, and aid government in developing sustainable policies.

Liuzhou Forest City

The Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is now under construction in China. The Liuzhou Forest City is commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees. Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

Walkonomics (green pedestrian navigation)

At Walkonomics we believe the future will be Walkable. Over half the world's population currently live in cities and by 2050 this will rise to 70%. These densely populated mega-cities will have to be walkable just to function. Walkable cities and neighbourhoods also create many other benefits including reducing obesity and improving health, boosting the economy and reducing carbon emissions. Walkonomics exists to make this walkable future a reality. We are doing this by creating technology, tools and communities that make cities, neighbourhoods and streets where people want to walk.

Sensoneo - Smart Waste Management

Sensoneo provides smart enterprise-grade waste management solutions for cities and businesses to cost-efficiently manage the waste lifecycle and improve the environment and well-being of people. The solution includes: sensors, management system, route planning, analytics. Sensoneo company was found in 2014 as a spin-off of a reputable IT company providing senior management of complex IT projects, programs and integrations.

Greenest City Action Plan - Vancouver

The Greenest City Action Plan is a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability. We are working with Council, residents, businesses, other organizations, and all levels of government to implement this plan. Our vision is to create opportunities today, while building: A strong local economy, Vibrant and inclusive neighbourhoods, Internationally recognized city that meets the needs of generations to come. Through a set of measurable and attainable targets, we are putting Vancouver on the path to becoming the greenest city in the world.

Quality of the acoustic environment - Essen

Noise reduction is pursued actively in Essen, with ambitious and effective Noise Action Plans and public participation. The company LK Argus GmbH has identified potential areas for designation as "Quiet Zones". To determine this, an overall noise map was prepared, which forms the acoustic basis for the overlapping representation of the individual noise emission sources. "Quiet Zones" in the region should be proposed, and should be forest environments, parks, green areas, and leisure and recreation  areas.

Urban Farming

Currently, we use 80% of the arable land we have access to globally. In the future, without significant change in today’s food production, it is estimated that at least 10-15% of the global vegetable production must take place inside cities by 2050 in order to maintain our current growth and consumption patterns.


In a rapidly urbanising world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication.