Project Name: An integrated appRoach To improve the Environmental perforMance of smart cItieS


The smart city concept has received increased attention from researchers and decision-makers across the EU. However, there is a gap between smart city research & practice and environmental sustainability: to date, smart city projects have not adequately assessed the environmental impacts of their strategies, which remain largely unknown. Research is needed to provide empirical evidence, advanced tools and metrics that can support the design, implementation and evaluation of smart city strategies to improve urban environmental sustainability.

ARTEMIS investigates whether and how the smart city can improve the environmental performance of urban systems. The research aims to provide insight into key aspects of smart city strategies that can effectively reduce environmental impacts, a novel environmental impact assessment framework to support decision-making in smart city projects, and improve key performance indicators (KPIs) on environmental sustainability and circularity for smart cities.

ARTEMIS is developing an integrated framework coupling urban metabolism and life-cycle assessment to estimate how strategies implemented in two EU-funded smart city projects (in Lisbon, Portugal, and Trento, Italy) have affected a wide set of environmental impacts associated with urban systems. Drawing on the framework and results, KPIs will be provided to evaluate environmental sustainability in smart cities. The framework, recommendations, and KPIs will be replicable across EU cities.

Reason for applying to services

The Standardisation Booster service could help exploit the project results after the end of the project and in the continuation of our research on this topic to effectively contribute to the development of standards on material and product traceability, environmental performance assessment and indicators and sustainable circular development. At this stage, it would be important to have an introduction to the topic, understand the basics of standardisation, how to exploit R&I project results and effectively engage with standardisation organisations and other stakeholders to participate and contribute to the development of new/updated standards.

Main Standardisation Interests


The development of an assessment framework uses a material flow accounting model for regional and urban scales to estimate, which builds on the European Wide Material Flow Accounts (EW MFA) and will allow the selection and recommendation of a set of KPIs on environmental sustainability associated with the built environment. Both the framework and the KPIs can, in the future, contribute to the development of standards on material and product flow traceability at different geographic scales (national, regional, urban) and on indicators related to environmental performance and circularity in the built environment.

Current status of project activities: Currently, we are modelling the MFA for the Trentino and Lisbon regions; within spring 2023, we will finish the environmental assessment framework, and by the end of summer 2023, we will have the KPI set. The project is expected to end on September 5th 2023.

Project Acronym: ARTEMIS


Grant Agreement Id: 101026073

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Programme: H2020-EU.1.3. - EXCELLENT SCIENCE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for proposal: H2020-MSCA-IF-2020

Funding Scheme: MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF