Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative – MGI
Cities have a pivotal role to play in the achievement of the goals of The Paris Agreement. Towards mid of the century, continuous demographic growth and urbanization will add 2.5 billion people to urban areas, mostly in mid-size cities of the Global South.
The Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative (MGI), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supports three mid-size model cities in India, Mexico and Peru in the development and implementation of sustainable transformation processes. The Initiative uses the City Lab Methodology to develop integrated strategies and roadmaps for sustainable urban development in the selected cities. Based on an analysis of local development demands, replicable, viable solutions and strategies towards climate change mitigation and adaptation are generated. Beyond the holistic analysis of the status quo and the development of integrated sustainable strategies, selected measures are accompanied in their implementation.
The project is coordinated by the University of Stuttgart IAT in cooperation with Fraunhofer IAO, while Fraunhofer ISI coordinates the development of the City Lab in the Mexican City of Saltillo, conducts assessments of the energy sector in Mexico and Peru and estimates of the CO2 impacts of projects measures in the three cities in Mexico, Peru and India.