Smart cities 

Today, 78% of the European Union (EU) population lives in cities and 85% of the EU GDP is generated in cities. They are the driving forces of the European economic and societal growth. From one side, urban areas are becoming ‘smarter’ and more ‘sustainable’ through, among others, the widespread use of ICT, and thus improving the quality of life and well-being of their citizens. Nevertheless, cities are still responsible for the 70% of the global energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.  To become globally competitive they are lacking the complete roll-out of scalable, interoperable and sustainable solutions in the areas of energy, transport, mobility, infrastructure and ICT. The standardization approach in this area needs to be holistic and cross-sectorial (breaking the ‘vertical silos’).

What's the role of standardization ?

Standards for smart cities can be used to monitor technical and functional performance, but also to ensure safety, interoperability, costs’ reduction, efficient and strategic planning and management of resources as well as ‘assessment’ through city indicators and sharing of best practices. Standards provide a common language and understanding, facilitate consensus driven solutions, and boost private and public partnerships. Finally, they represent tools, guidelines for cities for deployment of city solutions with high market potential and broad stakeholders’ acceptance.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Monica Ibido

News and events


  • The CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities will meet on 2017-07-04 at ETSI headquarter, Nice

Technical Bodies and Activities

Since 2012, the CEN-CENELEC and ETSI Coordination Group ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ is in place to advice on European interests and needs related to standardization on Smart and Sustainable Cities & Communities. The final recommendations produced are publicly available in the specific webpage. In 2017, the Coordination Group has been transformed into a CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum with a new plan of activities.

European legislation and mandates

There is currently no ‘standardization request’ addressed to the European Standardization Organizations (ESOs). Nevertheless, the  CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ (SF-SSCC)  is keen to be involved in the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities, a stakeholder-driven initiative, proposed by the EC in 2012, aimed at ‘catalysing progress towards the wide-scale deployment of innovative Smart Cities solutions at the intersection of energy, transport and ICT’.

Useful links and documents