The Nordic Embassies in Dublin and the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum have today launched the first ever joint Nordic-Irish partnership for smart and sustainable city development.
The partnership will see representatives from the four Nordic countries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden form a new alliance that builds on an existing EUR 6 Billion Irish-Nordic trading relationship for goods, while trade in services continues to grow.
The new partnership aims to help “match-make” Nordic and Irish companies open to collaboration on new, smart and sustainable solutions to address some of the major challenges facing towns and cities today.
Those involved believe Ireland’s reputation as a leading hub for technology and R&D complements the Nordic countries’ longstanding experience and investment in smart city solutions.
The partnership on Smart Cities kicks off in earnest in Dublin today with Ireland’s first Smart City event in the Nordic Green format, where representatives from the four Nordic countries, Ireland and Northern Ireland will present cutting edge ideas and solutions on a range of Smart City issues.
In total, some 30 companies will attend or participate in today’s workshop and among the companies from the island of Ireland represented are ESB Networks, Irish Water, GoCar and B9 Energy. The aim is for the companies in attendance to find partners during the workshop – to develop Smart City solutions together for the future.
Speaking this week, Ambassador of Norway, Else Berit Eikeland said, "Our vision is to develop a Nordic – Irish Green. We hope to develop a long-term partnership, to find more sustainable solutions for our common challenges."
Vice-President Engagement & Innovation, Maynooth University and Chair of All Ireland Smart Cities Forum, Brian Donnellan added, "The Nordic-Irish Partnership for Smart Cities further strengthens long-standing relations between the Nordic countries and the island of Ireland. In the space of smart cities, there is significant potential to collaborate – across industry, academia and policy – in harnessing both the potential of the technology and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of our cities and towns."