Spanish city going from tradition to innovation
Granada, with more than 250.000 inhabitants, is the capital of Granada Province. The City of Granada is characterized mostly by its historical profile and has different areas of Cultural Interest such as “Realejo”,“Albaicin” or “Sacromonte” neighbourhoods, with the Albaicin and Alhambra arab palaces. The city is located right near to the “Sierra Nevada” mountains with the most southern Sky resort of Europe.
Granada is developing a sustainable urban strategy called “From tradition to innovation” that exactly matches some of the objectives of POCITYF. Within this strategy, the city recognizes buildings and the transport sector as primarily responsible for the energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and settles some strategies to tackle these problems. Moreover, Granada has identified four patrimonial buildings in which energy refurbishing would be needed, including the Town hall (S.XVII). With the project called “Pilots of intelligent buildings of Granada”, the municipality has found specific needed smart city measures for 177 Municipal Buildings, 4 Public Parking, 1 Railway station, and 1 Bus station.
Granada aims to be a sustainable and liveable city with a high quality of life in which the citizens are an active part of the decision-making process, and in which economic development is promoted through new technologies and innovation.
To this end, a City-Vision has been defined that directs the development of the city towards:
- A sustainable and liveable city. It is highlighted the need to make Granada a city with a high level of well-being and quality of life, where its citizens can enjoy their day-to-day life with no mobility or pollution problems, offering citizens attractive mobility alternatives and making more sustainable their mobility habits.
- A city with an open and transparent municipal administration. Which means a city in which citizens participate in the decision-making processes which affect the city and in which they can transparently find out the initiatives carried out by the municipal administration.
- A city which is committed to the business development. The future of Granada lies in supporting and boosting the potentially most attractive economic sectors, using innovation and ICTs to retain talent and attract investment, and to consolidate Granada as a benchmark in the technology sector in general, and in particular in the biotechnology sector.
- A city that uses new technologies and innovation as a lever for the development of Granada, both on the supply side, by upgrading the municipal administration and public services, and on the demand side, by training companies and citizens in order to be able to properly use them.
For the achievement of this City-Vision, the Granada Smart-City Strategic Plan defines eight Strategic Objectives framed within the different areas of the Smart-City, and the actions that the city must carry out in the coming years.
In this sense, the Granada Replication Plan, which is being developed in the context of the POCITYF project, comprises a selection of Innovative Solutions to be replicated in the city, which represent a further step in the roadmap for the decarbonisation of Granada by 2050. These innovative solutions, which have already demonstrated their techno-economic viability and benefits in the different Smart Areas, will also enable progress to be made in achieving the Strategic Objectives defined in the Granada Smart-City Strategic Plan, and consolidate Granada as a Smart-City, in line with its City-Vision.