Located in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is close to the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest city in Spain. It is a world-famous Mediterranean tourism city, and is also the most important trade and industrial base in Spain. Mentioning Barcelona, people may first come into mind of Messi and other football superstars; and secondly, scenery tourism. But few people have an idea that it is actually a model of green and smart city in the world.
Barcelona has long applied the concept of green and smart city to the city planning and construction. From information-based infrastructure, to smart social and public services, and to urban green and sustainable development, it has formed a tolerant and open system. The main measures that Barcelona took to create a green and smart city are as follows.
Carry out strategic top-level design, and pay attention to improving the welfare and quality of life of the citizens: The strategic top-level design is aimed to set up development direction, target, and implementation path. The top-level design is strategically focused on green and intelligence. It conducts planning and construction by centering on energy-saving, emission reduction and environment optimization, and takes sustainable development as its starting point and destination. It has achieved remarkable results for people’s livelihood in the areas of smart power supply, intelligent transportation, and intelligent heating and cooling, etc.