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In ‘Review my city’s progress’, cities can answer questions to assess their status on green and digital activities.  These are activities which are EITHER making ICT more green OR using ICT to be more green (where ‘green’ is environmental/sustainability related).

According to the cities at the training session in January 2013, this tool has great potential.  One of the biggest questions cities are asking themselves, is ‘how well are we doing?’  A set of self assessment questions which can be answered over a period of time is very useful in tracking progress, particularly when city admins have a high turnover of staff.

Agreed changes to this tool at the city training therefore were

  • to create individual (personal) logins rather than city logins, so people can track who has answered which question.
  • provide a chronology of answers
  • to reduce the number of questions (23 seems overwhelming) or at least to group them

Any other comments?

 

On 28th January, Clicks & Links, IOER and EUROCITIES ran a combined training session for cities interested in using the Green Digital Toolkit.

EUROCITIES described how the toolkit is designed to help cities implement the Green Digital Charter.

Clicks & Links asked the cities to identify ‘green digital’ activities.  These are activities within their cities which EITHER use ICT to deliver green/environmental initiatives OR are focused on making ICT itself more green.  The city representatives all had 2-3 activities that were relevant and posted these activities onto the toolkit.  Signatory cities of the Green Digital Charter were pleased to see their activities immediately go ‘live’ on the website.

The cities were also encouraged to share details of tools related to their activities.  ‘Tools’ are reusable pieces of information, that could be applied in another city such as methodologies, software, business cases, feasibility studies.  Identifying tools was much harder for the cities – they are used to sharing best practice but they are not used to thinking about what documents, data or processes they could share.

 

On 31 October 2011, the NiCE project launched the Green Digital Charter web portal, an online information and resource exchange.

The website, run by the NiCE consortium, features information on the Green Digital Charter (GDC) and the NiCE project, including details on how to get involved in the project activities or become a GDC signatory.

The website will also focus on charter signatories, demonstrating how cities are building upon their commitment to use ICT as the main driver to improve energy efficiency.

A set of reporting and action tools developed under the project to assess cities’ status and compare their GDC achievements will be available on the website.

In addition, the GDC web portal will include an online library on policy developments and funding opportunities for ICT and energy efficiency, at both EU and national level.

 

On the occasion of the Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony on 29 November 2011, Green Digital Charter signatories will showcase their commitments to reducing CO2 emissions through ICT.

Alongside the ceremony, the Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency (NiCE) project is organising a networking lunch in the European Parliament from 11.30 to 13.45,  under the patronage of Oldřich Vlasák, Member of the European Parliament.

Participants will exchange on good practices using ICT for energy efficiency with other Green Digital Charter signatory cities and learn more on the NiCE project. The cities of Eindhoven and Zagreb will sign the charter, confirming their commitment to using ICT as a driver for improving energy efficiency and raising the number of signatories to 25. 

The agenda is available here: 11.11.29_Green Digital Charter lunch_Agenda

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