AI4Cities brings together the leading European cities in the intersection of smart cities and GHG emissions reduction, in order to speed up and steer the creation of new breakthrough solutions in how AI will support cities’ climate action commitments.

AI4Cities will combine the City partners’ unique knowledge, tools and vibrant ecosystems, with a challenge-based PCP competition on developing unique innovative Digital solutions able to help Cities reduce their GHG emissions. AI4Cities challenges will be built on highly innovate and not market-ready technologies, to be applied in difficult contexts.

The purpose of this AI4Cities Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is to support Cities’ transition to carbon neutrality, by applying the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related enabling digital technologies to tackle the challenge of reducing the Cities’ GHG emissions.

Right now it is the time to direct AI research/innovation towards societal needs – to task AI developers with detailed, pragmatic, solvable missions from the cities’ climate action plans. Partner cities are all committed to becoming carbon neutral.

Copenhagen is a world leader with the ambition of becoming Carbon neutral by 2025. Helsinki also has one of the most ambitious targets, being committed to become Carbon neutral by 2035. The strategies of both the region of Paris and the City of Tallinn have the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and Amsterdam wants to cut its carbon emissions by 95 percent by 2050. The City of Stavanger aims to reduce its GHG emissions by 80 percent by 2030, and to be fossil free by 2040.

In this proposal, the concept of AI is also seen as an umbrella, collecting best practises of platforms in order to work efficiently. An urban platform which supports cities with their smart city services is a somewhat abstract concept that is hardly ever a single server or even a platform. The urban platform is a collection of smart city-related data and services that interconnect with harmonised API’s, data models and controlled vocabularies. A solid data platform is thus the basis of any AI service. All the partner cities in the project have years of experience on sharing data and improving data interoperability.

Implementation plan (preliminary)

The project is divided into stages.

  1. January – December 2020: Challenge preparation through an Open Market Consultation and Request for Tenders (PCP Phase 0)
  2. December 2020 – July 2022: Request for tenders (tracks: smart energy and smart mobility) (PCP Phases 1-3)
    1. Phase 1: Solutions design phase
      Duration: 4 months
      40 procurements, max. 40.000 €/each
    2. Phase 2: Prototypes creation phase
      Duration: 3 months
    3. 20 procurements, max. 80.000 €/each
    4. Phase 3: Piloting phase
      Duration: 6 months
      6 procurements, max. 244.437€/each
  1. Dissemination and planning of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) process.

Partners, budget and duration

  • Forum Virium Helsinki coordinates the project.
  • Procurer members cities are Amsterdam, Helsinki, Paris Region, Copenhagen, Tallinn and Stavanger.
  • Dissemination and communication partner is ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability from Germany.
  • Project duration: 36 months, starting date 1st of January 2020.
  • Budget: 6 666 666 euros, from which PCP procurement budget for companies 4 666 622 euros and 2 000 044 euros for project partners costs for related additional coordination and networking activities.
  • Preferred Partners’ for future solutions uptake and promotion are: Municipality of Barcelona, and BIT Habitat in Spain, Municipality of Budapest in Hungary, Municipality of Egaleo in Greece, Municipality of Istanbul in Turkey, Municipality of Lamia in Greece, Municipality of Milan in Italy, Municipality of Porto in Portugal, Eurocities (European network of Cities) and Open & Agile Smart Cities (International network of Smart Cities).

How to participate

  • For fellow cities and public sector organisations or representative networks you are welcome to become a preferred partner and take part in setting the challenge and analyse the potential of the proposed solutions, get the opportunity to follow the project progress and together set future actions.
  • For companies, researchers, designers, entrepreneurs and everyone concerned about climate change and an interest in the development of solutions capable of helping cities transitioning to become CO2 neutral, you can take part in our challenge based on competition, starting with the project stage 1, the challenge preparation where a series of open workshops bringing together all the involved parties will be organised in all of the participant cities.
  • All enquieries: Kaisa Sibelius, project manager, kaisa.sibelius@forumvirium.fi, +358 40 570 1317
  • Funding instrument: Horizon 2020: Pre-Commercial Procurement, ICT-34-2019. Read more about pre-commercial procurement (PCP) from our blog here.
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Further information:

Kaisa Sibelius

Project manager


#AI4Cities
Mobile: +358 40 570 1317
kaisa.sibelius(at)forumvirium.fi

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