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IRIS - smart cities

For the first time, the City of Vaasa is participating in an EU project funded by Horizon2020 *-programme.

IRIS – Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-creation in Sustainable Cities is one of 14 projects within the European Commission's Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse project. The IRIS project is testing new urban development solutions in the fields of energy, mobility and information and communication technology (ICT). The basic idea is that cities learn from a lighthouse city and can replicate the solutions. The City of Vaasa will lead the part of the project, with a focus on replicating and disseminating solutions to the cities participating, as well as to other parts of Europe.

Projects and measures related to the IRIS project in Vaasa







The participants

The IRIS project is led by the so-called Lighthouse cities, which have advanced far into sustainable commercial solutions for energy, mobility and ICT.

The Lighthouse cities of the project are Utrecht (The Netherlands, project coordinator), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Nice Côte d'Azur (France) and follower cities, i.e. Vaasa (Finland), Alexandroupolis (Greece), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania).

In addition, each city has expert organizations such as universities, research institutes and companies as project partners. The City of Vaasa network includes the Merinova Technology Centre and the University of Vaasa. In total, there are 44 participants from 7 countries.

IRIS transition


Duration of the project: 2017-2022
EC funding: € 17,996,569.05

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For more information: 
Development Manager Maria Backman +358 40 554 1900

Chief Real Estate Officer  Pertti Onkalo +358 40 637 4122