The two parallel methodologies incorporated into the BlueSCities Software permit target users, both professional and non-professional including municipal administrations to generate a concise, clear and effective analysis of the situation concerning Water and Waste (City Blueprint) and Energy, Transport and ICT (City Amberprint) in any given town or city. The results reveal at a glance precisely where a municipality’s strong and weak points lie and can serve as the key first step in a local, regional, national or supranational strategic approach so that all stakeholders will be better equipped to create broad, long-term visions in order to plan for the sustainable urban communities of the future.
Presented in an easily-accessible format which will permit one to obtain and provide the necessary information in a logical step-by-step procedure, the BlueSCities Independent Analysis Software package produces visual results which converts it into an effective communication methodology which in turn, enables stakeholder engagement, city-to-city learning and the exchange of best practices.
The system has been tried and tested and works efficiently. It will strengthen the argument that all environmental factors must be analysed as a whole when considering the options available for urban development in the coming years.
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BlueSCities aims to promote and share best water management practices in an urban environment emphasising the nexus between water and waste. It will achieve more transparent governance and communication regarding urban water management options and technologies among cities by promoting the exchange of and dialogue concerning best practices. This will enable a strategic and rapid introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and will further improve the involvement of civil society and the private sector in cities. To overcome barriers in the water-related governance systems that hinder the development and uptake of innovation in municipal water management, BlueSCities will organize interventions at the local level, thus enhancing at local level the communication and coherence between water, waste and innovation policies. The chosen network and twinning approach will lead to the creation of a learning alliance with an improved public engagement and understanding of Urban Water Cycle Services (UWCS), thus leading ultimately to a higher level of sustainability of the UWCS in the city/municipality/region. Combined with the promotion of regulatory innovation in water governance this enables and accelerates the application of state-of-the-art UWCS technology, which in return results in further present employment stability, increased new employment and economic growth in water and waste related eco-industries, thus contributing to a greening of local economies.
By integrating the water and waste sectors into the Smart Cities EIP, the BlueSCities concept goes beyond economic growth within the 3 bottom line objectives (20-20-20), i.e., 20% reduction of greenhouse gases until 2020, 20% renewable energy and 20% reduction of energy consumption. As already shown, by the work conducted under the umbrella of the EIP Water Action Group, the BlueSCities concept bears an intrinsic political dimension and peace-building function. While lack of water resources has been identified as one of major challenges and source of conflict, the BlueSCities concept has for instance already promoted a dialogue between cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Work carried out by Siemens on the Green City Index and by KWR Watercycle Research Institute on the Blue City Index (van Leeuwen, 2013) has shown the challenges we face in cities and how important it is to involve the civil society and private parties to create success. Project partners of BlueSCities have also demonstrated that cities and regions can improve their UWCS quickly and significantly if they are willing to share their best practices among each other and how important it is to further involve the civil society and companies to tackle the problems. Over the last years, KWR Watercycle Research Institute has developed a process, a method and a simple IT tool to provide a City Blueprint as baseline assessment for the sustainability of UWCS of cities and regions and this has been further implemented by the participants of BlueSCities.