Current definition on sustainable urban indicatorsUrban analysis throughout indicators is a complex world in a continuous review. There is no law that could regulate it but some basic actuation frameworks from Kyoto Protocol or Rio Declaration, in an international level, to the different local and regional policies through UE Action Programs. The Spanish Strategy for Urban and Local Sustainability represents the non-binding strategic framework for towns and cities to develop sustainability policies. MCS Director José María de Lapuerta leaded this project developed by MCS alumni together with the CSIC.
This project arises from the collaboration between Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences (ICCET). Its objective is to develop a library of existing indicators in order to facilitate the analysis of Spanish cities and the evaluation of their main challenges. Fifteen key documents and 976 indicators have finally been assessed. In order to standardize its use, the analyzed indicators are grouped according to the six main actuation fields accepted by EU: Smart Governance, Smart Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart Living and Smart People. These areas are subdivided again in 33 factors or key objectives for the future cities.
The 976-indicators library obtained as a result of the project represents a fundamental tool for every agent involved in the development of Smart Cities both for its assessment and for the planning of strategies and policies in the future cities.
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