Smart City and Smart Community project (Enea/LabGov) presented at the ERSCP Conference 2017 in Skiathos Island

The ERSCP Conference (see: is the annual european convenings of scholars and policy makers addressing the issue of Sustainability in both industrial production and consumption, taking place since 1994.

The 2017 edition of the Conference is taking place in Skiathos Island, Greece, from 1st to 5th of October 2017 and is organized by the Environmental Economics and Sustainability Unit, Sector of Industrial Management & Operational Research, and the School of Mechanical Engeneering of the National Technical University of Athens. This year, the conference addresses the issue of green production and green consumption challenges in the framework of the circular economy, with a special attention to smart cities. The main themes of the conference can be summarized in the following categories: circular economy; zero-waste management; eco-innovation; eco-design; eco-efficiency; advances in sustainable consumption; sustainability in production and design; food waste prevention; challenges for making progress in cross-cutting themes such as green and inlcusive entrepreneurship and sustainability; ethical investments.

The Sessions number 3 is focused on sustainable/smart cities and smart communities. It includes contributions on the enterpreneurship in urban areas, case studies of political ecology and socio-environmental conflicts in Germany and social innovation and practicing of sustainability transitions in Dutch eco-villages, cooperative urban development with a focus on a case study of the Smart City Project of Graaz and an analysis of urban spatial scenarios for local energy and transport systems with regional integrated models. In this Session, Enea and LabGov will present a paper titled “Empowering Urban Community Towards Smart district co-governance”, introducing the theoretical framework and the first results of the three-years research program on Smart City and Smart Community funded by the Ministry of Economic Development that ENEA (the National Agency for Research on Renewable Energy) is carrying out at the national level, with the collaboration of LabGov for the part related to the urban co-governance at the district level and to an applied experimentation in the city of Rome.

The paper introduces the national strategic projects for energy transition funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems (RSE), that covered the following aspects: technical, economic, organizational and institutional aspects associated with the sustainable development of the Italian electrical power network and related infrastructures (safe and effective use of primary sources of energy and of hydrogen as energy vector; power generation, transport and distribution, and end-use energy efficiency). The paper than introduces the Three-Years Plan (2016-2018), a part of this program that provides a specific task devoted to the empowerment of urban communities for the development of Smart solutions and Smart district co-governance. This task consists of two main activities: the development of technological infrastructure named SUN (Social urban Network) and the implementation of collaborative processes applying the urban co-governance methodology to the district level and  thecircular economy approach with the involvement of urban inhabitants  and local stakeholders. In the final part, the paper then develops a reasoning over the connection between urban co-governance at the district level and the issue of circular economy and collaborative economy.

Thanks to a cooperative approach and to resource sharing solutions it is possible to reach a mutual competitive advantage. In particular, the implementation of collaborative processes intends to strengthen the capacity of citizens and local stakeholders to participate in the decisions and to the local government. The engagement in the design and the implementation of community services has the ambition to reduce the energy-related environmental impact of the urban community. Example of co-designed solutions could be: sharing/collaborative/pooling economy and co-production of services initiatives/platforms (i.e. re-use centers, cohousing or shared use of spaces in housing complexes, co-working spaces, community gardens, foodbank, etc.) and experiences of smart waste-management. The paper than explains the design of the field-work to be realized in the city of Rome where, following an urban-living-lab approach based on circular economy principle and on a Quintuple Helix Model of urban co-governance, urban inhabitants and local stakeholders will be engaged in co-designing different solutions to transform the current “linear” system into a circular economy models at a district scale. This phase will be realized in the Fifth District of the City of Rome, where in the framework of the Smart City and Smart Community project and with the involvement of young students from the Soft Skills program of LUISS University, LabGov, a two years mapping, practicing and co-design phase was already implemented in the context of the Co-Rome process (see:

The conference has a rich program, including keynotes speeches from international scholars and policy makers. Among the keynotes, Dr. Paolo Taticchi from Imperical College of London on the bssiness case for sustainability; the Ministry of Infrastructures and the Environment of the Netherlands, Robbert Droop, will explain how the process and policies towards a circular economy lead to major knowledge questions; Anna Davies, Principal Investigator of the SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies. The research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) program, investigates the landscape of ICT-mediated urban food sharing and provided a database with information for over 4000 cases available in an open access format here:; Nancy Bocken, who will talk about sustainable business models and sustainable consumption, exploring the role of business experimentation.


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ENEA e LabGov presenteranno il paper “Empowering Urban Community Towards Smart district co-governance” alla conferenza ERSCP 2017, che avrà luogo nell’isola di Skiathos, Grecia, dal primo al 5 ottobre 2017. La conferenza è interamente dedicata alla “green production” e alle sfide della “green consumption” nell’ambito dell’economia circolare, con particolare riguardo all’argomento Smart Cities.