Sino-European innovative green and smart cities (SiEUGreen)

A Horizon 2020 project promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities.

01. des 2018 - 31. des 2020
European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme under grant agreement No 774233

SiEUGreen aspires to enhance the EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities. Building on the model of zero-waste and circular economy, it will demonstrate how technological and societal innovation in urban agriculture can have a positive impact on society and economy, by applying novel resource-efficient agricultural techniques in urban and peri-urban areas, developing innovative approaches for social engagement and empowerment and investigating the economic, environmental and social benefits of urban agriculture.


The overall objective is to strengthen EU-China collaboration in food security and sustainable UA and to develop resilient, socially coherent and smart future cities with maximum utilization of solar energy, CO2, minimum environmental footprint and zero waste, thus contributing in circular economy at a global level, meanwhile improving social well-being and quality of life for residents.

This SiEUGreen project aims to assemble numerous existing and/or unexploited technologies for the first time to facilitate the development of the state of the art UA model that can be implemented in China, Europe and elsewhere beyond the project period.

To achieve 3 R (reduce waste, reuse and recycle waste to generate bio-products such as organic fertilizers etc) and sustainable urban food supply with minimum transport, effective utilization of solar energy and CO2 requires the combination and implementations of different kinds of technologies.


Five European and Chinese urban and peri-urban areas have been chosen as showcases for the project. 

The project consists in the preparation, deployment and evaluation of showcases in 5 selected European and Chinese urban and peri-urban areas: a previous hospital site in Norway, community gardens in Denmark, previously unused municipal areas with dense refugee population in Turkey, big urban community farms in Beijing and Central China.

Sites in relation to the project. Photo: SiEUGreen.

Petter D. Jenssen
Professor emeritus
Project leader
Manoj Kumar Pandey
Senior adviser
Project coordinator
Projects partners

European partners
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)*Norway
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)Norway
Nordregio Sweden
Vilabs (CY) LTDCyprus
Okys LTDBulgaria
Crevis SPRLBelgium
Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)Germany
Aarhus MunicipalityDenmark
Chinese partners
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Beijing Photon Science & Technology Co. (PHOTON)
Geijing Green Valley Sprouts CO LTD (BGVS)
Beijing Eco-Creative Agricutltural Service Alliance (BAEISU)

*Project leader