Sustainable Investment Pipeline:
The Sustainable Investment Pipeline is a methodology for characterizing and benchmarking new business models for smart cities. Key performance indicators to measure the consistency of this methodology include demonstrable technologies capability and related cost-effectiveness, social acceptance and engagement, crowd-funding options, and innovative financial schemes. Those parameters allow cities to design a generalized concept of business models applicable to smart cities beyond the current state of the art, also helping them to double-check their smart city interventions. The investment and business models developed, demonstrated, and verified target real estate companies, the DSO, the local energy market operator (LMO), and solution/technology providers necessary in order to enable a PEB/PED.