€30 Million Triangulum sustainable cities project reaches completion

Posted: 1 October 2019 |

The findings from the Manchester pilot will be used to develop smart city quarters in other cities around the world.

€30 Million Triangulum sustainable cities project reaches completion

Participating cities in the €30 million Triangulum project are beginning to share the first results from the future smart cities programme, which is drawing to a close after five years.

Triangulum is one of 14 European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects (SCC1) funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020.  Since inception in February 2015, Triangulum has followed the journeys of three ‘Lighthouse’ cities: Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) as each city implemented and tested innovative smart solutions in bids to create more sustainable urban environments. 

22 partners from industry, research and government have steered and developed numerous mobility, energy, ICT and business improvement projects as three ‘follower’ cities from Lipzeig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ES), and an additional Observer city, Tianjin (CHN) have shadowed developments; replicating the most successful concepts and solutions as Triangulum evolved.

In the UK, Manchester looked at the key issues of ICT, mobility and energy. Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University partnered with Siemens to investigate how to balance energy consumption and demand, reduce costs and carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy along the city’s Oxford Road Corridor.

On the conclusion of Triangulum, Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK, said:  “We are immensely proud to have participated in Manchester’s smart city vision and have learned and demonstrated, in equal measures, that with the right blend of investment, technologies, governance and citizen engagement, cities can evolve to be eco-efficient and fit-for-the-future.

Triangulum has shown a blueprint for low-carbon, cost-efficient smart cities. Manchester and Siemens have proven it is achievable, repeatable and scalable. Now to meet the carbon neutrality targets set by many cities around the world – these projects need to be rolled out at city and regionally-wide scale to have a significant impact on energy consumption and carbon emissions.”

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester has committed to a carbon neutral future by 2038. Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Siemens won the Public Building Energy Project of the year at the 2018 Energy Awards for the work achieved under Triangulum.