The Smart City Business Event was a 3-day-long event full of workshops with some of the most advanced actors in the Smart and Sustainable City arena in Europe. Promoted by RVO, ITEA, Vinnova and Cleantech Scandinavia, one of the series of the event focused on the side of Sustainable and Smart City finance. The main goal was to discuss the views held by cities and investors, and how business models and novel financial instruments could have the potential to support the climate and sustainability transition.

This series of four workshops was framed within the City Finance project within the Swedish research program Viable Cities. It was developed by Cleantech Scandinavia, Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm School of Economics. Despite all the issues raised by the participants and all the different perceptions, there seems to be an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable and that there are several mechanisms that can be used to fund the transformations that the smart and sustainable city requires.

If you want to learn the main takeaways of these workshops, we have summarised them in the following short videos.

The City Perspective

Strategies that cities can follow to address sustainability issues according to those working in the urban policy arenas.

The role of private investors

What is the role of investors and their views regarding sustainable and smart cities?

Funding Mechanisms

Great discussion on ways to finance the Sustainable Smart city in different contexts.

The business case

Listen to different strategies to improve urban sustainability with different business cases.

You can also see the entire playlist here.

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Enjoy the viewing!