The City Amberprint

a practical communicative tool that can help cities on their path to becoming smart and sustainable

Greenhouse effect is mostly caused by generating energy from fossil fuels and transportation
Pollution comes from industrialization and urbanization and have harmful effects on quality of life and human health
These two problems become more and more acute because
urbanization is rapidly increasing
In 2050, 87% of the population in developed countries will be living in cities. By that time cities should completely give up fossil fuels
The consequences of climate change leave cities no choice: they are forced to focus on sustainable transport and energy facilitated by ICT technology
But how can a city quickly grasp which elements of its energy, transport and ICT aspects are already sustainable an which need to be improved?

Benefits of the City Amberprint

The indicators consider
  • environmental impact of the city
  • quality of life
  • risks, e.g.interruption of service provision
  • actions of the city to improve all three
The indicators
  • evaluate current state of sustainability in cities
  • inform decision makers and politicians about the current situation in the city
  • inform citizens, facilitate public engagement
It is an easy to undestand interactive tool serving strategic decisions. The actual assessment is done together with key stakeholders ensuring usable results and quick access to expert knowledge
It offers a platform that enhances city-to-city learning, exchange of best practices. Cities can learn important practical lessons from other cities that have already implemented best practices

How does it work?

Participation in the City Amberprint process requires little effort whereas it can produce high returns. It shows the city exactly what steps they want to take towards making it smart and sustainable.


After the completion of the questionnaire, a radar chart of all 22 performance-oriented indicators and the overall score, the Amber City Index (ACI) are provided both varying from 0 (concern) to 10 (no concern).
The indicators are divided over three categories:
1 Energy
2 Transport
For detailed information regarding the scoring and rationale of each individual indicator, see:

This project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 642354

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