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Clean & sustainable cities

A monitoring tool to help cities decrease littering, water use and co2 emissions

March 2021
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Clean & sustainable cities by Cortexia implemented by City of Geneva in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2019

-20% operating hours of urban cleaning vehicles

Clean & sustainable cities

A monitoring tool to help cities decrease littering, water use and co2 emissions

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date March 30, 2021
From Switzerland
Maturity stage TRL 9 / CRI 3-4 - Commercial Scale Up / Multiple commercial Applications

The solution supports cities in managing their sanitation department, by providing an accurate and real time monitoring of urban cleanliness. A clean city is more attractive and healthy. Less litter will end-up in the environment. Cleaning resources are engaged when and where necessary, based on the cleanliness level to be achieved, savings in energy, water and costs will be accrued.

The Environmental Benefits

  • A controlled quality of urban cleanliness, measured by an objective index between 0 (clean) and 5 (dirty)
  • 10% to 20% yearly savings of CO2 emissions, ie 0,5 to 1,5 million tons for European cities and potentially 35 less use of water
  • -50 % cigarette butts litter by 2025 by optimizing anti-littering strategies and monitoring litter reductions policies

The Financial Benefits

  • 10% yearly savings in urban cleaning, representing 5 € / inhabitant / year for an investment lower than 1 €
  • An attractive and safe city, for the inhabitants, the economy and tourism


Activity Region

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile


Our AI-powered litter monitoring solution helps cities manage cleanliness, save resources and preserve the environment.

Headquarters 1618 Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland
Type Startup or self-employed
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As an expert for the innovation scene in energy and environmental technologies, CleantechAlps (Sion, Switzerland) is a hub for the cleantech ecosystem, connecting its stakeholders with relevant partners.

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The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

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