Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities
In recent years, the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt network has supported many developments in the field of Smart Cities, mainly in Europe. However, especially in the context of climate change, the challenges for urban development outside Europe are much greater. Due to different framework conditions, they also require alternative approaches compared to Europe.
For this reason, as part of the international climate protection initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the methodology for the city analysis of the Morgenstadt City Lab is now being adapted to the conditions in emerging countries. In this context, the Morgenstadt City Labs will be carried out in the following three exemplary cities: Kochi (India), Saltillo (Mexico) and Píura (Peru). The aim is to use these analyses to identify potential actions for climate protection and adaptation to climate change in the three cities.
Fraunhofer IGB is involved here in the field of water supply, wastewater treatment and flood protection. It also manages the City Lab in Kochi, not least because of its many years of experience in India. In Kochi and Saltillo the two‑week onsite assessments are scheduled for the first half of 2020. Here important parties from the respective cities are interviewed and initial ideas for measures are developed on the basis of a deeper understanding of the interdependencies in these cities.