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Integrated infrastructure

Integrated infrastructure


Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Cities must demonstrate foresight

Local political leadership

Legal aspects

Municipalities can work on specific modification of General Development Plan of the Municipality in order to solve some planning barriers when implementing some infrastructures. (i.e. Vitoria )

Communication, co-creation and engagement aspects

Collaboration and transparency with citizens and partners



Organizational, structural and governance aspects

Lack of a clear division of competences at national and city level

When cities make procurement decisions sometimes price is the only factor taken into account

District heating should be a key technology in the transition to low carbon cities in Europe

Lack of political willpower to lead on innovation

Lack of communication among municipal departments

Non standardized data to open data in public administration

Low priority on national and local lever for open data project

Public administration frequently opens and provides data as static resources

Long process defining the technical solution and the economic model for the public tender publication

Traditional urban planners vs new way of planning a district installing District Heating. Lack of instruments to prepare and launch the project. (i.e. in Spain)

The deployment of a new District Heating Network could have the need to implement changes in the urban plan of a city

Legal aspects

When a city procures a platform it is necessary to tackle privacy concerns

Legacy systems, investment and contracts

Privacy and security issues and the related need for specialists

Technical and legal access to data.

Economic aspects

How can district heating be financed at different levels of development, from initial to advanced stages?

Lack of understanding in finance and investment in innovation

High investment and long pay-back

Concerning the development of energy networks - Smart grids: this development involves the resale of energy between users, or an energy provider license is therefore required and is hard to obtain as this is very expensive

No sustainable business models for sensor ecosystem

Communication, co-creation and engagement aspects

Low awareness of importance of data as an open data for citizens, business and NGO, for their day by day activity

Lack of communication about the requirements of the DH not taken into account from the beginning causes it to be unknown and considered as a problem


The variety of technical standards and lack of technical knowledge

Data transformation/conversion

Data security

In DH issues pressure from Gas Utility for using biomas instead of gas, and because of their business model based on revenues due to the number of gas connections



Organizational, structural and governance aspects

To achieve successful urban data platforms , cities should start with specific valuable cases

Common guidelines for the tricky business of data sharing

Engagement in collective capacity building

When making procurement decisions, give value to environmental concerns and to encouraging innovation.

Public administration should open and provide data dynamically (i.e.through APIs)

Legal aspects

Change laws

Remove restrictions

Standards could be used to secure buy-in from legacy arrangements

Municipalities can be open to specific modification of the Municipal plans of the cities in order to allow some infrastructures deployment

Economic aspects

Public-private solutions should be developed to finance district heat networks

Standards could be used to drive change and strengthen business cases

Communication, co-creation and engagement aspects

Collaboration with citizens and partners, sources of insight and innovation


In smart lighting, products must be developed well from the get-go

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