EUROCITIES has been represented at a number of events on smart cities in the past month.
EIP SCC action clusters meet in Brussels, 10 November
The six action clusters of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) met in Brussels on 10 November. The aim of these meetings was to finalise the planning of how to implement key action cluster initiatives by setting targets and a clear way forward. The morning was dedicated to the different action cluster meetings; and in the afternoon the main results and decisions were presented in order to plan the work for the clusters next year.
There are two main events already lined up for 2016. Firstly, a conference on ‘Transport for smart cities: scaling up innovation in Europe’, with Violeta Bulc, transport commissioner. This will focus on how successful innovative transport concepts can be scaled up from pilot projects to replication, and how these can contribute to job creation and growth at local level. Second is the EIP SCC 2016 General Assembly on 24 May in Eindhoven, during the Dutch EU presidency.
We continue to closely follow the work of the EIP SCC and the work of the action clusters to ensure the interests of cities are properly reflected.
For more details on the action clusters, please click here.
Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona, 17-19 November
We were present at the Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona on 17-19 November, where we shared a stand with the EIP SCC Marketplace to present our Green Digital Charter. The event attracted over 10,000 visitors. For more details about the expo, visit the website here.
Urban Futures Congress in Berlin, 25-26 November
Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, then spoke at the Urban Futures Congress in Berlin on 25-26 November on a panel entitled ‘Strategies and guidelines for urban futures – urban alliances’. The conference focused on sustainable urban development and smart cities of tomorrow. For more information on the conference, please click here.
COP 21 session on smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change in Paris, 8 December
Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, opened our session on 'smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change' on 8 December during COP 21 in Paris. She reiterated our message that: "There are no smart cities without smart citizens." She was joined by politicians from Bristol, Malmo, and Warsaw to discuss what becoming a smarter city means and how this contributes to their greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. They also considered how initiatives such as the EUROCITIES Green Digital Charter can support them in their efforts. For our article on the session, please see here.