The SURECITY platform will be tested and validated in the cities of Almada (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden) and Judenburg (Austria). These three study cases represent an excellent set of small and medium size standard cities which cover the EU geography. This will facilitate and maximize the impact of the activities and the knowledge transfer from this project to other European cities.
Located on the south bank of the Tagus River across from Lisbon, Almada is one of 18 municipalities within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, with 169 914 (INE, 2016) full-time residents in an area of around 72 km2. In spite of being mostly urban, Almada still manages to maintain and preserve 25% of its territory as a natural protected area of great natural richness and biodiversity. Almada confines with water to the East and North (Tagus River) and to the West (Atlantic Ocean). Almada´s Atlantic beachfront extends for approximately 13 km and is a popular leisure destination within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, attracting an estimated 8 000 000 visitors per year. Despite the significant decrease in industrial activity in the last decades, Almada still maintains some large industrial facilities significant for the energy balance and environmental performance of the city.
Judenburg is a historic town in the federal state of Styria in the Southeast of Austria. In the Provincial as well as in the Regional Developmental Programmes, Judenburg is defined as a regional centre together with Knittelfeld as well as an industrial and commercial location. Judenburg is the administrative centre of the Murtal district, which was created on 2015 from the former districts Judenburg and Knittelfeld. With the 1st of January 2015, Judenburg was merged with its adjoining small municipalities Oberweg and Reifling. After this mergers, Judenburg's population is 10,072 inhabitants, while its territory as 63.76 km². Historically, Judenburg was a center for steel production in Austria. Today, energy-intensive industrial activity is mostly limited to the steel industry company Stahl Judenburg, which operates a hot rolling mill for the production of bar, round and section steel.
The City of Malmö is the 3rd largest city in Sweden, with an area of 158.36 km2 and a total of 322 600 inhabitants 2015, and the commercial centre of southern Sweden. The municipality is divided into five city districts: Inner city, East, South, West and North. Malmö is located in the very south of Sweden, by the coast, and only separated from Denmark by a strait. It is an urbanised municipality, with 99.5 % living in the urban area. For the last decades the city has been undergoing a rapid transition from being a traditional industrial city to becoming a city of knowledge. Older industries have been replaced by investments in new technologies and training programmes of high capacity. Malmö University, which opened 1998, is Sweden's latest venture in the field of higher education, accommodating around 20.000 students.