Lighthouse city: Barcelona

A website about the GrowSmarter project is also available in Spanish on the BCN site, click here.


Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurship. Barcelona City Council encourages strategic initiatives aimed at generating international collaboration and promoting a global and forward-looking vision to businesses and public bodies, as well as scientific and technological centres.

Barcelona’s Smart City program began over thirty years ago when the city installed fibre optic cables to connect two municipal buildings. Currently, the City Council is using public-private partnerships to encourage innovation in areas such as transport, shopping, street lighting and environmental monitoring. Barcelona has been transformed into an urban laboratory, piloting projects and services that make the city more open, efficient and friendly.

The innovation zone known as 22nd District were chosen for Barcelona's implementation of the smart solutions. This multi-purpose area mixes residential, industrial and academic buildings in a lively, vibrant area bordering the Mediterranean sea.

Which smart solutions did we implement?

Solutions implemented in the 22nd District included introducing electric vehicles and installing charging infrastructure, refurbishing current buildings to create ‘zero energy’ blocks and installing district heating and cooling.

Blog updates from Barcelona

Gonzalo Cabezas led the implementation of the 12 solutions in 22nd District, and shared regular updates from the Barcelona site.


Read the Barcelona blogs

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What 'smart' looks like in Barcelona?

Check out what Barcelona was up to in this short and informative video!