Smart cities 

Cities are a driving force in generating Europe’s economic and societal growth. Considering the 85% of urban population by 2050, the need to meet public policy objectives in time of budget constraint, the sustainable and smart development of cities and communities becomes a priority societal challenge.
The wide reaching roll-out of integrated, scalable, sustainable Smart Cities solutions in the areas of energy, transport, mobility, infrastructures and ICT will help tackling the EU 20/20/20 energy and climate goals and support European cities’ become globally competitive. A holistic integrated approach is needed  asking for standardization, indicators, data and knowledge sharing, validation of new business and financial models, replicability of systems and solutions, user acceptance and multi-stakeholder engagement and cross sectoral strategic public- private partnerships.

What's the role of standardization ?

The creation of a holistic framework and programme for smart cities’ standards can support/is an enabler for a common consistent approach to respond to the challenge of innovative urban transformation.

A system-oriented approach to standardization is needed for the development of smart cities technologies and processes that will result in commercially scalable and replicable solutions with a high market potential and uptake in different sectors. The integration, harmonization, sustainability, interoperability, cost reduction and market uptake of those identified solutions can be achieved through standardization.

CEN and CENLEC contact person: Mrs Monica Ibido

News and events


The next SSCC-CG  plenary meeting is scheduled at CEN and CENELEC Meeting Centre, Brussels on 30 June 2016.

CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ (SSCC-CG):

The final report CEN-CENELEC-ETSI SSCC-CG Final Report was approved by the CEN and CENELEC BTs and ETSI Board.


Technical Bodies and Activities

A CEN-CENELEC and ETSI Coordination Group ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ (SSCC-CG)  is in place to advice on European interests and needs, relating to standardization on Smart and Sustainable Cities & Communities.  It will not elaborate European standards but work by consensus and report to CEN-CENELEC and ETSI Boards on relevant International, European and National initiatives; stakeholders and interested parties in Europe; topics and issues to be dealt within the scope of smart and sustainable cities and communities.

European legislation and mandates

The CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ (SSCC-CG)  is involved in the activities of the Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (EIP), a stakeholder-driven initiative, proposed by the EC in 2012, aimed to ‘catalyse progress towards wide-scale deployment of innovative Smart Cities solutions at the intersection of energy, transport and ICT.
CCMC is also represented in the Sherpas’ Group of the EIP and actively worked at the elaboration of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), to ensure the standardization aspect being taken into consideration.
A contact has been established with the Stakeholder platform.

Useful links and documents