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Article RSE 16005892

Smartainability: a methodology for assessing the sustainability of the smart city


Energy Procedia - 8th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.243, vol. 111, pp. 810 – 8162017.

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A. Temporelli (RSE SpA), P. Girardi (RSE SpA)

SMART CITIES 2016 - Smart cities e smart communities

A Smart City is a urban environment in which the extensive application of ICT enables new services, increases accessibility and sustainability of existing ones and reduces energy consumption. To give a quali-quantitative evaluation of these measures and of the implemented technologies a new evaluation approach is defined: Smartainability.

The Smart City paradigm aims to improve citizens’ quality of life in a scenario where the percentage of people living in urban areas is getting higher and higher. In this paper, a new methodological approach is presented to evaluate to what extent the smart cities'''' development pursues sustainable development goals. This methodology is called Smartainability. The Smartainability approach allows to estimate, with qualitative and quantitative indicators, how far smart cities are more sustainable (and smart) in environmental, economical, energetic and social fields, thanks to innovative technologies.

Moreover, this estimate can be performed before the technologies deployment. The methodology has been tested on the case study of the Expo Milano 2015 site. The implementation on the Expo Milano 2015 site, demonstrates that Smartainability methodology is able to give decision makers useful information on benefits generated by smart solutions deployment. This aspect is due to three relevant issues: benefits are expressed with quantitative indicators; indicators are estimated before technologies or solutions implementation; benefits are connected to technologies or solutions deployment.

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