Smart Sustainable Districts

A new heart for east London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the city’s newest, smartest and most sustainable park. We are making the most of our unique opportunity by collaborating with partners across Europe to deliver smarter, more integrated sustainability solutions that provide measurable impacts as part of Climate-KIC’s Smart Sustainable Districts programme.  

Cities present sustainability challenges, and their size and complexity make it difficult to trial solutions flexibly. The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been selected by Climate-KIC as one of the first districts to start working with their European-wide SSD programme to trial innovative sustainability solutions. Together, the SSD partners co-develop integrated solutions which will have measurable environmental, social and economic benefits, these solutions will provide exemplars that can be replicated city-wide or in other districts.

Areas of focus for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

We are focusing on the four key themes listed below, with each project designed to provide the evidence that the selected solutions can deliver ‘factor four’ improvement (twice the environmental impact for half the cost) and can be replicated in future projects across the world.

  • Resource Efficient Buildings - Focusing initially on the iconic London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena, this workstream will create tools and approaches to enable low cost, low energy, low environmental impact management and maintenance of future ready non-domestic buildings.
  • Energy Systems - The energy systems workstream will create an efficient, smart, low carbon, resilient energy ecosystem, with specific focal points including optimisation of district energy systems, community engagement and benefits and increased renewable energy generation.
  • Smart Park / Future Living - Implementing user facing digital and data solutions that deliver financial and CO2 efficiencies and prioritise quality of life improvements for those who live, work and visit the Park.
  • These are all underpinned by the fourth workstream, Data Architecture and Management - Implementing efficient and robust data management solutions that support the identification and trialling of innovative solutions and provide the foundation for improved Park operations, user experience and approaches that can be replicated by others, including through the London Data Store.
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Smart Sustainable District is part of a network of SSD initiatives across Europe that are being funded and coordinated by the European Union’s Climate-KIC initiative. The principal partners in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SSD are Climate-KIC, Engie, the Institute for Sustainability, Imperial College and the London Legacy Development Corporation. 

    Each of the workstreams within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park draws upon the expertise of different partners from within the Climate-KIC community and other organisations who are working on initiatives that align with the objectives of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SSD.  A list of our current partners appears below.

  • Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative and was created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EU body tasked with creating sustainable European growth while dealing with the global challenges of our time. 

    Climate-KIC consists of companies, academic institutions and the public sector and is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change.