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

Leeds Digital Festival: Leeds set to host the largest tech event in the UK

From 20th April to 1st May 2020, EUROCITIES member city, Leeds, will host the 5th Leeds Digital Festival, which has now become the largest tech event in the UK.

event

start date: 20-04-2020
end date: 01-05-2020

  •  mobility

Mobility Forum Activities in 2020

Discover the EUROCITIES mobility forum plans for 2020

publication

publication date: 20-01-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 04-03-2020
end date: 04-03-2020

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Cultural heritage, social and economic returns

Cultural heritage in cities, while valuable in itself, is also something that can yield major social and economic dividends. In this webinar, we will hear from three expert practitioners from Europe, Turkey and China on how cities can leverage tangible and intangible heritage for more cohesive societies and increased attractiveness for business and tourism.

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start date: 06-02-2020
end date: 06-02-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Green financing, unlocking the local energy transition

The local energy transition requires investments in buildings, transport and public infrastructure. Often, investment capital is available in public and private funds, but bridging the gap to concrete project implementation remains a big challenge. Having a toolbox of smart financing instruments and programmes is like a key to the local energy transition – it unlocks possibilities.

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start date: 05-03-2020
end date: 05-03-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EU-China cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development

The creation of socially integrative and inclusive cities should become a cornerstone of EU-China cooperation on sustainability. sustainable urban development and the elaboration of comprehensive strategies for socially integrative and inclusive cities should be placed as a permanent topic on the agenda of EU-China policy dialogues.

news

publication date: 15-01-2020

  •  mobility

CIVITAS Study Visit - Bratislava - Apply now!

The Slovak capital is striving to support and promote car-independent lifestyles to its citizens and put pedestrians and cyclists first.

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start date: 05-10-2020
end date: 07-10-2020

  •  mobility

CIVITAS Study Visit - Vinnystia - Apply now!

In recent times, the city of Vinnytsia has made significant progress in realising sustainable urban mobility principles, whilst strongly fostering participatory practices. Its public transport systems is one of the best in Ukraine.

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start date: 24-06-2020
end date: 26-06-2020

  •  economy

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start date: 12-02-2020
end date: 14-02-2020