SCIC visited Madrid as a part of the Finnish delegation to strengthen the cooperation between Finland and Spain. The aim is to exchange knowledge and professionals, and create solutions that enable Madrid Nuevo Norte to become a Smart City example worldwide. The created solutions aim to be scaled globally. Read more on the opportunities in Madrid here.
José Luis Moreno, Director of the MNN Office of the Community of Madrid (CAM), highlighted the importance of the public-private partnership that has emerged between Finland and Madrid. The aim is to respond to the challenges through the Madrid Nuevo Norte urban development project.
The project’s purpose is to regenerate the entire northern area of the city, with innovative and sustainable solutions for decarbonization. The issues to tackle include mobility, waste management and building materials, to mention a few. The building materials concentrate on housing, offices, and public services, such as hospitals and educational centers. The whole of Madrid Nuevo Norte Is an investment of 25 billion euros.
Finnish-Spanish cooperation is ongoing. A Spanish delegation visited Finland in April in the kick off of Decarbonized Cities program. Tatiana Martinez, Director of Innolab-Urban Solutions of the Community of Madrid , shared that, "they were a few days with a very intense agenda that allowed us to strengthen ties with a leading country in Smart Cities. Spain is a leader in engineering, but we need the knowledge to have innovative and disruptive solutions that fit in this ambitious project". SCIC is an active part in the collaboration, and scouting suitable opportunities for its members.
Pertti Kortejärvi, CEO of SCIC, highlighted the importance of collaborating from both countries. By Combining the innovation and synergy with the experience and knowledge of companies and research organizations, the challenge of decarbonizing cities can be solved.