smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

CITYkeys project reaches successful conclusion

The CITYkeys project came to an end in January. This two-year project successfully developed a performance measurement framework for the common and transparent monitoring and comparability of smart city solutions across European cities.

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publication date: 21-02-2017

  •  knowledge society

'Cities in transition' conference & GDC awards winners

Find out more about our knowledge society forum's winter conference and the Green Digital Charter award winners.

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publication date: 26-01-2017

  •  knowledge society

Amsterdam region, Rijeka and Valencia finalists for the 2016 GDC Award ‘Promoting open and interoperable solutions’

The third GDC award will recognise the project that has adopted and implemented open data and/or interfaces; has deployed and/or promoted interoperable solutions; and has tried to promote urban platforms or the better use/re-use of infrastructures, services, tools, etc.

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publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  knowledge society

Green Digital Charter 2016 Awards: Bristol, Lisbon and Zagreb shortlisted in ‘Creation of European added value’ category

The winning project will be in line with the relevant EU policies and/or targets; has involved in its implementation a number of cities across Europe; and has been replicated (or has the potential to be replicated) in a number of European cities, preferably in different countries.

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publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Green Digital Charter collection of case-studies 2016

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) aims to improve the quality of life in cities through the use of digital solutions. Its annual collection of case-studies presents actions and projects associated with green digital developments implemented in signatory cities to meet their commitment in tackling climate change and improving citizens’ quality of life.

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publication date: 19-01-2017

  •  knowledge society

Reykjavik, Utrecht and Zaragoza are the finalists for the GDC Award for ‘Citizen participation & impact on society’

Since there cannot be a smart city without smart citizens, the award winner in the first category will be a project that has successfully involved citizens and/or other civil society stakeholders; has adopted a bottom-up approach; and is expected to tackle, or has already tackled, local societal challenges. Of the 14 projects nominated in this category, three stand a good chance of winning the award: • Reykjavik’s Better Reykjavik and My Neighbourhood e-participation projects • ...

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publication date: 19-01-2017

CITYkeys event on performance measurement and indicators for smart cities

On 13 December 2016, representatives from cities, the European Commission services, EUROCITIES and CITYkeys experts gathered for a working lunch hosted by Vienna House in Brussels.

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publication date: 11-01-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

New Green Digital Charter publication presents projects on digital solutions for better quality of life

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) aims to improve quality of life in cities through the uptake of digital solutions.

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publication date: 11-01-2017

  •  knowledge society

Smart city projects shine at Expo World Congress

Smart city projects from all around Europe showcased their achievements at a joint stand during the Smart City Expo World Congress.

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publication date: 19-12-2016

  •  economy

Alternative approaches to welfare and services in the sharing economy

Our final article looking at the outcomes of the roundtable sessions at EUROCITIES 2016 Milan, this time on alternative approaches to welfare and services.

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publication date: 16-12-2016