The Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI) worked with three mid-sized cities in India, Mexico, and Peru to identify solutions to these challenges. The MGI and the cities co-designed prioritisation metrics, and used them to take up to 15 ideas to one implemented solution across buildings, mobility, and urban planning sectors in three innovation districts.
It was funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action (BMKW) between 2018 and 2023. The three district pilot sites are situated in Elamakkara North and Puthukkalavattam, Kochi, India; Brisas, Saltillo, Mexico and Loretto, Piura, Peru.
MGI worked with each city to develop the criteria for selecting districts for implementing a net zero technology, from profiling to site visits. The City Lab methodology enabled close collaboration with regional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive sustainability profile for each city, informed by discussions around local barriers and issues, and by the resources and solutions available. It then helped them establish a roadmap with creative project ideas to make the city more sustainable and climate change resilient. Finally, a study visit was arranged to narrow down potential candidate districts to one selected part of the city. The overarching objective was to implement sustainable development in these areas through clean technologies.