The smart cities vision is to enable cities to become more liveable and resilient through the use of data and new technology, thus facilitating delivery of city priorities through improved community engagement and service delivery integration and innovation.

Partnerships and stakeholders

Jacobs & UrbanTide collaborated with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Welsh Government to consult with a wide group of stakeholders for researching and scoping a smart/low carbon project proposals programme.  

The final proposals were based on a number of factors including alignment with policy objectives and contribution towards smart maturity.

Smart cities maturity model - adapted for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Smart cities maturity model - adapted for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

To support this initiative a vision was formulated for Neath Port Talbot and the wider Swansea Bay region:

Innovative low carbon technologies and smart applications will be embraced to provide benefits that meet the needs of Neath Port Talbot’s businesses and residents.
Drivers for demonstration projects in Neath Port Talbot

Drivers for demonstration projects in Neath Port Talbot

Scalable demonstration projects

The pivotal aim of the smart/low carbon programme is to demonstrate how the effective implementation of smart/low carbon technologies can be applied to enhance services, support local and national energy and climate change ambitions and deliver a range of complementary benefits. By adopting a scalable approach, the demonstration projects provide an opportunity to disseminate and roll out good practice throughout the Swansea Bay region and wider Wales.

A stakeholder questionnaire provided insights into the types and levels of smart/low carbon projects in use or aspired to within NPTCBC and across Wales.

The questionnaire identified data around key sectors and themes, related policies and service area projects and potential contributions of individual projects for developing NPT's maturity into a smart region. The insights gained helped to identify possible links and complementary benefits between existing, planned, committed and aspirational projects. These analyses, combined with findings from a UK and international review of over 100 existing and aspirational smart/low carbon projects and programmes, were used to develop a set of credible proposals for smart/low carbon demonstration projects in Neath Port Talbot. 


Demonstration Projects Study Full Report & Engagement Report

The key objectives of the study were to properly scope the vision of NPTCBC and to outline a series of credible options for demonstration projects. The full report outlines the journey from vision → sectors/ themes → policy /service areas → options → delivery mechanisms → benefits.

UrbanTide and Jacobs produced a summary report (10 pages) for stakeholder engagement.


Stakeholder Consultation & Best Practice Review

UrbanTide and Jacobs undertook a stakeholder consultation that achieved over 40 responses providing information about current, planned and aspirational projects. A UK and international review of over 100 existing and aspirational smart/low carbon projects and programmes was also researched to inform the demonstration project proposals.

Presentation of Project Proposals and outline of next steps for Phase 2

The report has been presented to NPTCBC, Welsh Government and wider stakeholders as an initial step towards taking the concepts and aspirations of the Smart/Low Carbon Demonstration Projects Study and developing them into cogent and potential opportunities as part of Phase 2.

On completion of Phase 1 of the feasibility study and in light of the project ideas identified within the summary report, Christopher Jones, Energy Manager for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council stated:

This is a quality product that will act as a catalyst to help progress the potential projects from conceptual ideas through to detailed business case proposals within the wider strategic developments taking place in the county.