• Country: Spain
  • Population: 442,000
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Miguel Ángel Cámara Botía, Mayor
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City Introduction

Murcia, a city in South-Eastern Spain, is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 442,000 inhabitants in 2010 (about one third of the total population of the Region). The population of the metropolitan area was closed to 700.000 in 2010. It is located on the Segura River, in the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, noted by a mild climate with hot summers, tepid winters and scarce precipitation. Murcia was founded by the emir of Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman II in 825 AD with the name Mursiya and is now mainly a services city and a university town. Highlights for visitors include the Cathedral of Murcia and a number of baroque buildings, renowned local cuisine, Holy Week processions, works of art by the famous Murcia sculptor Francisco Salzillo, and the Fiestas de Primavera (Spring Festival). The city, as the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia is called Europe’s orchard due to its long agricultural tradition and as a fruits, vegetables and flowers producer and exporter. The best known and most dominant aspect of the municipal area’s landscape is the orchard. Urban zones had a great expansion in the last 10-15 years. The rest of the municipal area is made up of different landscapes: badlands, groves of Carrasco pine trees in the precoastal mountain ranges and, towards the south, a semi-steppe region. A large regional park, the Parque Regional de Carrascoy y el Valle, lies just in the South of the city.

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Related Initiatives

  •  Cities as digital platforms:

Making easier the innovation to develop new digital infrastructures to develop low carbon activities and adaptation to Climate Change. Cities ought to be pioneer in adopting sustainable technologic solutions. Murcia joined WiFi technology for free Internet access to citizens in the Town and surrounding neighbourhoods. WiFi is fast for City Council web applications and slower for the rest of web application in order not to compete with commercial Internet providers. Public WiFi Network is also available for many other Municipal Services in order to make them automatic and sustainable (Gardens watering, Automatic Bicycle Parkings Network, etc…). WiFi is complemented with 10 physical hotspots of free Internet access, which are computers installed in street totems. Among others.

  • Large scale Integrated approaches:

Creation of a wide serial of digital application focused on improving measuring, transparency and visibility of energy use, and then, get that citizens be involved, together with services providers, public sector and companies organisations, at local level, in pilot projects. In that sense, Murcia introduced telemathic systems to administrate the Local Police fines and building & activity permits, whose services are available through City Council websites.

  • New alliances:

Achieve local alliances between leaders and key stakeholders to promote this green digital program. Murcia introduced an economic and innovative bicycle public rental system where local bicycle retailers maintain and rent the public bicycles to citizens. Local trading is promoted as City Council saves money and energy.

  • Cities can lead by example:

Guarantee that ICT infrastructure and digital services lay a minimum carbon footprint and serve as an example to private sector and citizens. Murcia promoted 87 photovoltaic installations located in municipal building roofs, gardens, schools, public markets, etc… With over 1 megawatt power installed, most of them visualise their energy production by the Internet.

  • Open innovation:

Promote activities with low carbon impact in every sector through innovative activities in I+D. Murcia supports the innovation in mobility and support local manufacturers by a fleet of 10 pure electric vehicles, 2 electric motorbikes, 5 hybrid cars, and over 60 clean vehicles of public water facility company and public waste collecting service. There are 10 electric rechargers in the Municipal Garages, 2 public electric rechargers in street, 2 in one of the city malls, and 1 natural gas vehicle station. In addition, Murcia is promoting the development of an I+D business complex surrounding the City Waste Treatment Plant and use bio-gas to generate electricity. Finally biogas from Water Treatment Plant is also used as fuel for some service vehicles.