The STEEP partnership is comprised of twelve organisations across three countries and representing a variety of public, private and not-for-profit agencies. The partnership or ‘consortia’ brings together a range of expertise regarding smart city solutions in the fields of energy, ICT and transport. The relevant local authorities will act as lead partner in each city. The information below provides a brief overview of the partner, their role and a link to their website.


Bristol City Council is represented in the partnership by members of the ‘City Innovation’ team, a group that was established nearly five years ago to develop innovative ‘smart’ solutions to complex issues in the city. Working with a variety of internal stakeholders and external organisations, the team has participated in a number of previous European projects and has a mature programme of smart city activity.


The aim of the group is to ‘future proof’ the city by attracting investment, developing high speed digital connectivity, supporting the transition to a low carbon economy and helping to create an inclusive city with a high quality of life. This form of governance structure is unique in UK local authorities and reflects the ambition of Bristol to develop a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.

The role of Bristol City Council is to explore the potential for using ICT technologies which can empower citizens to make low carbon choice by using open innovation and creative digital visualisation.

Bristol City Council is leading on work packages within the project that focus on developing the ‘systems methodology’, supporting the modelling for each city district and establishing an interactive stakeholder engagement platform. The Council will coordinate all project activity within the city in collaboration with other partners. The authority will also take ownership of both the energy masterplan for the City’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and the Smart City Plan which will be developed as part of the second year of the project.


Municipality of Florence

The Municipality of Florence is led by a directly elected Mayor. The Mayor’s Council, is made up of councillors that are hand-picked by the mayor, and who works with the mayor to run the city and to carry out general policies put forth by the local government.


The City Council has a political and administrative role. Its members are elected by citizens every five years, at the same time as the mayor. All elected political parties are represented in the City Council, from both major and minor parties.

As with both San Sebastian and Bristol, the Local Authority of Florence has an extensive history of engaging with European partnership projects, supported in particular by the local consultancy SPES.

The role played by Florence in this project will be to provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of transport and smart mobility solutions. Florence will coordinate the modelling sessions with ‘Cascine park’ stakeholders, as well as lead on the escalation of the project methodology and development of ‘smart city’ plans for each city in the second year of the project.


Municipality of San Sebastian

San Sebastian is the local public administration provider of the city of Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); among its tasks is coordination of the different departments within the municipal organisation. Within the scope of this project, both the Economic Development Area and the Environment Area are involved.


The role played by San Sebastian in this project will be twofold: Firstly, to act as Project Coordinator for the entire project, serving as the interface between the project and the European Commission. As project coordinators, San Sebastian will ensure that the different work packages are delivered on time and that all partners comply with the necessary financial and administrative processes.

Secondly, San Sebastian will serve as the local coordinator for development of the systems model for the city district of Urumea. As specialists in ‘smart energy’, they will provide expertise to other cities with regards technical solutions, and will take responsibility for the energy masterplan and smart city plans for Donostia-San Sebastian.

San Sebastian will lead on technical and support work-packages, identifying best-practice in cities, defining an approach to stakeholder management and coordinating project dissemination activity.


Fomento de San Sebastian

Fomento de San Sebastian (FSS) is a public municipal company dedicated to the promotion and the economic and social development of the city through innovation, the generation and transformation of knowledge, networking, and the promotion and management of projects, all in accordance with criteria of sustainability.


The approach of FSS to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency is based on a series of strategic objectives, initiatives and implementation areas:

  • Contributing to the design of the local environmental public policy in an integrated way.
  • Promoting sustainable economic initiatives that boost energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.
  • Development of a local economic network linked to energy efficiency and renewable energies.
  • Transforming the proposed model into one other European cities can refer to.

FSS’s role in STEEP covers all technical tasks involving the city of San Sebastian.


Acciona Infraestructuras

Acciona is a leading Spanish business corporation with a focus on the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services. It has a presence in more than 30 countries, an annual turnover of around €3.1 billion, employing 15.800 people.


The company seeks to develop and apply the most advanced materials, components, systems and solutions for sustainability and energy efficiency. It also acts as an Energy Service Company (ESCO) for large buildings and districts.

At its R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, around 160 highly qualified researchers are engaged in areas such as energy efficiency, new construction materials, products and systems, nanotechnology, information & communication technologies and environmental technologies.

Acciona’s business strategy is closely linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments in that direction, it received the Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award in 2009.

Acciona’s role in STEEP is the classification of different tools for the assessment and/or certification of energy efficiency performance of buildings and districts.



Tecnalia is the largest private research, development and innovation group in Spain, with a staff of over 1,400 including designers, architects, chemists and telecommunication and energy engineers. In order to support the construction centre, the company has established lines of research covering new materials, environment & energy efficiency, biotechnologies and information and communication technologies.


The role of Tecnalia in STEEP is the evaluation of some innovative technical solutions in energy efficiency suitable of being used in buildings, according to the particular characteristics of each area, and the assessment in the introduction of renewable energy, self generation of electricity, natural resources management and its integration into the global system.


University of Bristol

University of Bristol is international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise, whose excellence is acknowledged locally, nationally and globally. It is a major force in the life and economy of South West England, a world leader in research and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network and of the Russell Group of Universities.


The Systems Centre at the University of Bristol will supply expertise about Systems Thinking to the STEEP project. The Systems Centre is committed to excellence in Systems Thinking and provides a focal point for collaborations in teaching, research and enterprise through four core activities:

  1. Working with industry to enhance performance.
  2. Training future leaders of industry.
  3. Developing Systems Thinking through research.
  4. Working with leading academic researchers to develop industrial collaboration.



Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Arup finds smart and efficient ways to provide for more people with fewer resources, helping to make cities improve the wellbeing of their citizens and reduce their impact on the environment.


As advisor to the C40 cities group, ARUP has co-authored Climate Action in Megacities – the first ever comprehensive analysis of actions underway to address climate change in the world’s largest urban concentrations.


SPES Consulting

SPES works mainly with public bodies (municipalities, provinces etc) in the field of energy management. The company is dedicated to the promotion of innovation in energy saving policies, the exploitation of renewable energy sources and the rational use of energy. It offers a range of services including feasibility studies, support in the design and implementation of energy plans, training in energy management, information on new fuels and technologies and electricity purchasing options.


SPES’s role in STEEP consists in applying the experience gathered in city planning (to date with more than 50 municipalities in Italy in a network linked to more than 800 municipalities in the EU) to the development of the project’s methodologies and the replicable framework for the implementation of SMART policies.



ATAF is a public transport company owned by the city of Florence.

Its role in STEEP is to provide knowledge about smart mobility activities, such as ticketing systems, improving parking area, electrical mobility master planning etc.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)

CSE is a Bristol based charity that helps people and organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and climate change.

At any one time CSE is involved in between 50 and 60 different and separately funded projects helping people and communities to meet real needs for both environmentally sound and affordable energy services.