Bristol and Guangzhou have been sister cities for fifteen years. In 2013 they signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sustainable Urbanisation. A specific agreement was also signed on smart cities. The “smart city” concept has risen rapidly to prominence in debates about mechanisms for delivering sustainable cities. The concept can refer to a range of activities relevant to disparate policy agendas, including decarbonising and energy efficiency, economic competitiveness; public service efficiency and effectiveness; and citizen involvement in planning or democratic practices. In relation to sustainability invoking the idea of a smart city can signal the use of digital technologies to tackle challenges relating to climate change; congestion and pollution; resource management and consumption; and health and quality of life. It can refer to innovation in digital infrastructure or software development. It encompasses the use of big data and urban analytics to inform and assist city policymakers and managers.
Bristol and Guangzhou participate and collaborate in the EU-China Sustainable Urbanisation Programme and the EU-China Smart Cities Cooperation Platform Programme.
The current project was intended to facilitate interaction between the two cities, both as a contribution of moving forward the broader EU-China collaborative smart cities agenda and as a mechanism for exploring the opportunities for collaboration at the more detailed level of specific technologies or projects.
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