GrowSmarter is a Horizon 2020 project which forms part of the EU’s drive to help develop smart cities of the future, bringing cities and business together to develop, demonstrate and integrate the uptake of 12 Smart City Solutions in 3 Lighthouse Cities with the aim of reducing environmental impacts of key services and improve the quality of life for local residents.


The 12 solutions, comprehensive initiatives that combine ICT, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources within the areas of mobility, buildings and urban sustainability, are designed to meet the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental concerns.

The 3 Lighthouse Cities chosen to develop the 12 smart solutions are Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) which will be closely monitored by five Follower Cities (Valletta, Suceava, Porto, Cork and Graz) to learn from their experiences and seeking to identify solutions suitable for their local context.

In order to develop all these solutions, Urbis Up is part of a powerful consortium set up by 36 partners, including research centers, local authorities and private companies.

The Barcelona team is led by the City Council and the other project partners are Anteverti Barcelona, BSC, Cenit, Gas Natural, Endesa, I2CAT, IESE Business School, IREC, Cellnex and Schneider Electric.

For more information, please visit the project website:



Cool Barrier Roof

Urbis Up has been part of the Project Barcelona Cool Barrier Roof which aims to reduce solar radiation and remain cooler, contributing to the saving of energy for cooling needs.

The project Barcelona Cool Barrier Roof is a pilot project that consists of the application of an elastomeric coating based on “cool” raw materials technology in a roof of a building of Barcelona. It forms a high reflective mat surface that blocks the incoming solar radiation and remains cooler. In this way you can:

    • Save energy by reducing the needs for cooling.P1000654
    • Contribute to “Urban Heat Island” mitigation.
    • Mitigate the consequences of the Global Warming phenomenon
    • Create thermal comfort conditions.
    • Save money by reducing the billing costs for energy.