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The eafip network of lawyers offers free assistance in the preparation and implementation of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) or public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI). The assistance is financed by the European Commission, and comes at no charge to you. In particular, the eafip assistance can support you with :
- Scoping identified procurement needs that can be tackled with innovative solutions;
- Preparing and conducting an EU-wide published open market consultation;
- Drafting tendering documents;
- Launching an EU-wide published call for tender
Deadline: 15 November 2017 at 5:00 P.M (Brussels-time)
The eafip initiative has so far provided Assistance to seven success stories across the EU:
- Het Waterschapshuis (the Netherlands) with inter alia a change in the procurement strategy and the set-up of a market consultation
- Eurail Group Europe (the Netherlands) with support in the selection of tenders and the implementation of a negotiated procedure
- Department of Mobility and Public Works, Maritime Access division (Belgium) with procurement strategy, stakeholder approach and other aspects
- Gijon Impulsa Empresas – Asturias (Spain) including improvements brought to their business case and the preparation of market consultation
- Agency for Innovation, financing and development of enterprises – ADE in the Castilla y Leon Region (Spain) covering their procurement strategy and stakeholder approach
- Canal de Isabel II – (Spain) including support in the preparation phase including an open market consultation
- Dutch Ministry of Defense (the Netherlands) with best practices for innovation procurement, the development of a business case and contract management.
You too can be one of the public procurers to benefit from the eafip Assistance!
Fill-in the application form now for a chance to be supported with your PCP / PPI project. The deadline is 5pm (Brussels-time) on 15th November 2017
If you are interested in conducting an innovation procurement and want to know more about it, the eafip Toolkit is the perfect guide to innovation procurement for policy makers, public procurers and legal services.
Launched at the European Week of Regions and Cities, the Commission Digital Cities Challenge is throwing down the gauntlet to city leaders and key stakeholders to make their cities more productive, more innovative, better places to live. They can do so by putting advanced technologies at the service of the citizens.
The challenge aims to select 15 cities with the will to change and unlock unreleased potential, to receive free-of-charge high quality policy advice, coaching and facilitation, from high-level experts with local and international experience. This tailored support will help them to develop and implement strategic plans addressing economic growth and social welfare, all in their local language.
Participating cities will also have access to intuitive assessment tools for digitalisation, innovative training, and a vast networking pool, including fellow cities, strategic stakeholders and Commission networks and platforms. This will help cities stimulate investments through joint cross-regional actions for digital transformation.
In addition to the selected 15 cities, the challenge will support a broader community of cities who wish to participate using their own resources and benefit from the knowledge and networking opportunities provided.
The result will be to give cities a well-developed strategy and action plan to move towards digital transformation and put them on the map as a beacon for future economic growth and improved quality of life.
The call is now open for applications.
To find out more about the Digital Cities Challenge and the call visit www.digitallytransformyourregion.eu
The Digital Cities Challenge is funded by COSME programme of the European Union. COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
In a discussion published on the new version of the EIP-SCC website, Graham Colclough (UrbanDNA) makes an attempt to answer a critical question for the ‘smart city’ market and yet, one that is quite impossible to get an easy answer to: How much does an urban data platform cost?
For the full article, click here.
What matters for us in this article are the definitions of ‘smart city’ concepts as used and understood within the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), and in particular in its Action Cluster working on ‘Urban Platforms’.
Those definitions are being relayed in italics below and this article goes beyond them, to investigate the deeper costs (or societal challenges) that can be brought about by urban data platforms.
An ‘Urban Platform’ is …
… the implemented realisation of a loigcal architecture/design that brings together (we say “integrates”) data flows within and across city systems
… and exploits modern technologies (sensors, cloud services, mobile devices, analytics, social media etc)
… providing the building blocks that enable cities to rapidly shift from fragmented operations to include predictive effective operations, and novel ways of engaging and serving city stakeholders
… in order to transform, in a way that is tangible and measurable, outcomes at local level (e.g. increase energy efficiency, reduce traffic congestion and emissions, create (digital) innovation ecosystems, efficient city operations for administrations and services).
Why does Europe need harmonised standards for smart cities? Read the full interview with Dita Charanzová, a Czech MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee, published on euractiv.com.
‘City Data’ is that which is held by any organisation – government, public sector, private sector or not-for-profit – which is providing a service or utility, or is occupying part of the city in a way that can be said to have a bearing on local populations and the functioning of that space.
This initial part of the definition brings the question of data ownership. Who owns the data collected in smart cities? What impact on citizens’ privacy? On this issue, the European Parliament published in September 2015 a study for the LIBE committee untitled ‘Big Data and Smart Devices and Their Impact on Privacy’.
It can be static, near-real time or in the future, real time, descriptive or operational.
Further, in the future, data will be to a greater extent generated by individual citizens and this too (with due consideration to privacy and a strong trust framework) can be considered city data.
What can cities do to protect privacy?
While acknowledging that urban data platforms are engines for more efficient urban governance (in the area of energy and mobility especially), good governance implies the adoption of a clear data management scheme, in line with EU rules.
In Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new EU legal framework on data privacy and security which attempts to deal with these challenges, adopted in April 2016. A dedicated portal has been created to prepare all actors collecting, processing and storing data in Europe, and that of European citizens. Visit the GDPR portal at http://www.eugdpr.org/
Earlier this year, the Green Digital Charter (GuiDanCe project) organised a webinar on ‘Data management and citizens’ privacy in smart cities’ and open governance. The speakers were Daniel Sarasa (Zaragoza City Council) and Antonio Kung (EIP-SCC ‘Citizen Focus’ Action Cluster on the implementation of the GDPR).
. You can watch the recording at http://bit.ly/2omBDO1.
This article is an extract from the original article published on buildup.eu (http://www.buildup.eu/en/node/54611).
Beginning in October 2017, IRIS, a new EIP-SCC project, will harness user-demand driven energy and mobility services; encourage more collaborative and effective urban planning and governance; as well as validate business model and technical innovations to fuel smart sustainable city aspirations across the continent.
These initiatives will be lead by lighthouse cities of Utrecht (NL, Project Coordinator), Gothenburg (SE) and Nice Côte d’Azur (FR) and their follower cities Vaasa (FI), Alexandroupolis (GR), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES), and Focsani (RO). Each city will draw upon a mix of universities and research organisations, local authorities, innovation agencies and private expertise to accelerate entire communities to adopt ambitious energy, mobility and ICT initiatives.
All three ‘lighthouse’ cities are signatories of the Green Digital Charter. Together, they will deliver on a key commitment: working together to promote the best applications and results of ICT solutions. Read the full text of the Charter here.
5 key challenges
- Energy positive districts
- Smart energy management
- Smart e-mobility
- Digital city innovation platform
- Citizen engagement and co-creation
Across all seven city locations, IRIS will work to apply their own winning mix with an ‘Open innovation’ approach embodied by the use of FIWARE to encourage professional collaboration and unlocking the collective intelligence of communities with co-creation techniques. At a European level, this open approach will ensure IRIS plays a proactive and full role in supporting the work of the nine existing SCC projects currently representing nearly 50 cities, as well as other projects and horizontal initiatives joining the smart cities community and thematic European Innovation Partnership.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 774199
This year the event is taking place on Thursday 25 October 2017, in Brussels, one day after the official smart cities info day organised by the European Commission and INEA.
This brokerage event will offer an opportunity for cities representatives to develop consortia and project ideas to respond to the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities 2018 call for proposals and to learn from the results of previous projects. It will also provide useful insights on how to develop a successful replication strategy and create investment possibilities that will continue beyond the end of the project lifetime. During the event, cities representatives are invited to present a project idea or their city activities in the area of smart cities, which could contribute to proactive matchmaking between potential actors.
Participation is free of charge and is reserved to city representatives only or organisations coming on their behalf. Participants need to register before 13 October here : http://bit.ly/2gKj97A.
This article was originally published (in French) here (copyright: Valérie Noriega, Les Petites Affiches)
The metropolitan area of Nice (in French : Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur) just won one of the new European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. This new project, untitled ReUseHeat, will benefit from 4 million € to develop an experimental urban heating and cooling network in the new neighbourhood of Grand Arénas. The project will start immedialy in October 2017.
“Nice Côte d’Azur, one of the ten finalist cities for the iCapital Award, a competition awarding the most innovative city in Europe, just won the European project ReUseHeat focused on energy efficiency. (…) Nice Côte d’Azur shares this new success with well-known partners at the European leael: the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the London School of Economics, the University of Aalborg and the European network Euroheat and power.
Thanks to ReUseHeat, we will be able to go further on the ground of innovation and energy efficiency. With our industrial partner EDF-DALKIA and the scientific and technical centre on buildings (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment), we will develop a heating system exploiting the waste-water management public network in the Metropole. In parallel, we will generate locally a powerful digital tool designed to improve electric grids’ efficiency in the new neighbourghood of Grand Arénas. (…)”
– Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and President of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur
Since 1 January 2017, EUROCITIES is part of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation. Discover all partners involved in this international cooperation project, activities and events on the newly launched website at www.urban-eu-china.eu/en/, and follow the project on Twitter @UrbanEuChina.
In URBAN-EU-CHINA, 12 experienced European and Chinese consortium partners join forces to:
- Promote and develop Joint Policy Strategies for EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanisation;
- Create a Nursery of Joint Projects, from a board range of low-threshold to a few high-performance projects. EUROCITIES leads work on matching cities and organising event clusters;
- Promote Brokerage of City-Industry-Science Partnerships using virtual and face-to-face meeting place
- UEC 2nd Event Cluster 10-12 October 2017, Brussels – More information on www.urban-eu-china.eu
- 2017 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation: Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas (focus on the Xiongan new area), 26 October 2017, Beijing
The conference will bring together urban planners, policy makers, industry experts, practitioners, and scholars from around the world to share their insights, experience and solutions to the Innovation-Driven Development in New Areas. Delegates will include representatives from the European Union and Chinese governments, European city mayors, distinguished urbanisation experts, and key decision makers who will discuss innovative-led recommendations for our future approach to sustainable urbanisation, EU-China joint strategies, co-funding, as well as an exchange of knowledge and facilitation of science-city-industry partnerships.
More information on JPI-UrbanEurope.eu
Two ways to register :
19 October 2017 (08:30 – 16:00 CET)
Albert Borschette Congress Centre
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organizations be part of the cities’ journey towards a smart and sustainable future?
Cities are not always fully aware of what standards can offer, as they may not be familiar with the value voluntary standards bring and how to get involved in the standardization system. Hosted by the European Commission’s DG GROW, this conference will bring cities and standardizers together to debate on priorities and needs for cities in their journey to become smarter and more sustainable.
The results of the debates will feed into the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ acting as advisory and coordinating body for European standardization activities in this field.
Registration is free of charge but please confirm your participation by registering online before 16 October 2017. The conference venue is the European Commission Congress Centre Albert Borschette. To gain access you will be requested during the registration process to provide details such as date of birth, Nationality, Identity card or passport number, ID valid date…
Visit the event page at www.cvent.com/events/cities-set-standards-to-be-smarter-and-more-sustainable/
To learn more on how standards can help cities, visit the websites of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.
For any further information, please contact Christine Van Vlierden.
The Technical Specification, under the title “Key Performance Indicators for Sustainable Digital Multiservice Cities”, uses indicators to express smart development at city level in terms of People, Planet, Prosperity, Governance and Propagation.
Benefits for multiple stakeholders are expected from the new Technical Specification:
- Cities will support their strategic planning and allow measuring their progress towards smart city goals. In addition, benefits are created from the enhanced collaboration within and between cities, providing the possibility to compare solutions and to find best practices;
- Policy makers will benefit from the indicators that help to set policy targets and monitor their achievement. ICT users KPI framework’s sub-themes are formulated as policy goals and therefore the indicators are especially useful to follow progress towards policy goals;
- Solution providers will benefit from better insight into business opportunities for their products and services, and into the possibilities for replication in a different city or context;
- Industrial stakeholders will benefit from the recommendations for new business, e.g. based on open data;
- Citizens will benefit from the indicators as they may help to get a better understanding of complex projects and their impacts.
(updated on 28 August 2017)
Four GDC signatories among finalists for the iCapital Award 2017
Among all ten cities shortlisted for the iCapital Award 2017, four have signed the Green Digital Charter. Their strategy? Foster the use of digital solutions to improve quality of life in cities and increase participation in cities.
- Helsinki – for its world-class education and IT culture that fosters innovative collaborations among citizens and institutions to jointly tackle urban challenges such as air quality, maritime technology and health-tech.
- Nice – for its Smart City strategy that offers citizens to engage via the city Innovation Centre in decisions on climate change, healthy ageing, environmental risk and security innovation.
- Tallinn – for becoming a model of a true “eCity” by digitalising all the city services.
- Tampere -for its “Grow.Smart.Together“ urban development program, where citizens, universities and businesses are involved in creating smart urban solutions fostering new jobs in the city.
“Tampere is committed to the development of a “city-as-a-platform”-based urban innovation ecosystem. key aims of the new 2017 Tampere Mayoral Program are to strenghten communality and co-creation, and to make Tampere a model city of urban digital economy focusing on citizens’ wellbeing and urban economic competitiveness”. – Lauri Lyly, Mayor of the City of Tampere > More information on Tampere’s application at http://innovationcapital.fi/
After Barcelona (2014) and Amsterdam (2016) (two other signatories), which city will be recognised as the most innovative in Europe?
The European Capital of Innovation 2017 award and a prize of €1 million to scale up innovation activities will go to the city presenting the best innovation ecosystem, with two runners-up to receive a prize of €100 000 each. The winners will be announced on 7 November at the Lisbon Web Summit.
To win the award, cities must prove how they improved the quality of life by:
- Experimenting with innovative concepts, processes, tools and governance models as a test-bed for innovation
- Engaging citizens in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their ideas
- Expanding the city’s attractiveness to become a role model for other cities
- Empowering the local ecosystem through the implementation of innovative practices.
More information can be found at www.ec.europa.eu/icapital –
The prestigious World Smart City Awards are one of the key event of the annual international Smart City Expo World Congress taking place in Barcelona. The aim of these internationally-acclaimed awards is to recognize, promote and support pioneering city strategies, projects and ideas that can potentially change citizens’ lives through their outstanding innovation, impact and feasibility, as well as stimulating inclusive, equitable, safe, healthy and collaborative cities, thus enhancing quality of life for all.
Register now (and until 4 September) on www.smartcityexpo.com.
Who can participate?
Acteurs from both public and private sectors can apply for the World Smart City Awards, divided in three categories:
- The City Award for cities that demonstrate established strategies, initiatives and policies developed for its citizens
- The Project Award for implemented projects that are already benefitting inhabitants in a specific smart city area
- The Innovative Idea Award for innovative, bottom-up concepts that aim to achieve sustainable integrated development in cities and can demonstrate feasibility of implementation
Proposals should be related to one of the topics of the 2017 edition
You have until 4 September to apply. Don’t miss the chance!
Winners will be announced at the World Smart City Awards on 15 November, in a ceremony that attracts an audience of more than 1,000 key public and private decision-makers, providing an excellent opportunity to gain prestige and visibility.
The annual General Assembly of the EIP-SCC will be held in Brussels on Thursday 12 October 2017, with a clear focus on stimulating joint investments in the smart city market, building towards a coordinated plan to make that real in the market at scale.
Cities, industrial players, investors and financiers of smart cities and communities projects will be joined by Commissioners from the sectors concerned, who will be actively involved in the debate to share their thoughts and to help making the Marketplace the arena where smart solutions are developed and implemented in European cities.
“Towards a Joint Investment Programme for Smart Cities” summarises the goal for the General Assembly: to stimulate scale deployment of digital solutions in all sectors involved in the Marketplace.
Number of seats are limited. As such, registrations will go through a validation process. After registering here, your participation will be confirmed in two steps:
- Your participation to the General Assembly will be advised in the week following registration submission,
- if you have shown an interest to attend one of the Marketplace’s breakfast (limited to 100 participants), your participation will be advised by mid-September
Some questions? Please contact EIP-SCC@mci-group.com
The European Commission continues its commitment to the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC Market Place), through the sponsorship of DG Energy, DG Move and DG Connect.
From 26th to 28th of September 2017, Stavenger will host Nordic Edge Expo, the largest smart city event in the Nordics. This international three-day conference will exhibit new technological solutions that will make cities and communities smarter and greener.
- Day 1: Edtech, community, DNB NXT & the Nordic model
- Day 2: Building the Smart City
- Day 3: Smart City Business Models
The main theme for this year is: Smart Happiness. Each year, the United Nates publish the World Happiness Report. For 2017, Nordic countries are ranked as follows: 1) Norway 2) Denmark 3) Iceland 4) Findland and 10) Sweden.
Other more traditional themes will be covered like: Mobility, Welfare Technology, EdTech, Energy & Environent, Big and Open Data, Business Models for the Public Sector, Smart Art, Efficiency and Improvement of Municipal Services, Citizen Involvement etc.
Full programme and registration at https://www.nordicedge.org/.
Nordic Edge offers the opportunity to explore some great smart city-related projects in the region: the Lyse ‘smart-home‘ demo, the ‘Green Mountain’ data centre (a former NATO ammunition storage facility converted into a unique hgh-security collocation data centre) ; virtual reality at the Stavanger Art Museum ; the Ryfast tunnel (the world’s longest undersea road tunnel) and a test-lab where you can dive into the possible future city.
Places are limited. Register now at https://www.nordicedge.org/safaris-2017/.
Since 2015, Gemeente Amsterdam (OIS) is managing City Data (data.amsterdam.nl / Dutch only), one data portal gathering all useful data collected by the city (data about pubic space, buildings and plots of land, traffic, healthcare, the environment, liveability, permits, subsidies and many others).
The (open) data portal contains big data collections, like the basic records, which include all addresses of Amsterdam, topographical and cadastral data. City Data also contains smaller collections, such as hits during World War Two or the number of dwellings in certain districts and neighbourhoods.
By opening data, Amsterdam get four main benefits:
- Transparency and access to government data and information
- Releasing social and commercial value, data being a driver for innovative business and services
- Participatory governance from better informed citizens who can thereafter get involved in decision-making
- Internal efficiency of the municipality’s departments
Data can be shown in a map, downloaded as a data-set, or linked automatically to systems via ‘web-services’ or APIs. Data included in City Data is not only the data collected by the City of Amsterdam. Everyone can and may offer data sets. Although Amsterdam City Data is openly accessible through the internet, some of the data is not open to the public and available for authorised city employees only (non-public data).
The project team will now work further on the “Three Layers of Data” approach, which envisions an integrated platform for internal, shared and open data within the City of Amsterdam.
A replicable tool
When developing the data portal, the project team uses open-source software whenever possible. The developed software, as well as the source code, are freely available for those who are interested (read more).
More information on amsterdamsmartcity.com.
On 21 September (an equinox day!), the EIP-SCC Action Cluster on Sustainable Districts and Built Environment is co-organising with the Tampere Smart City Program an exceptional field-visit of Tampere’s smart districts:
- The EU Gugle ‘deep-retrofitting’ project >> see Tampere’s profile at http://eu-gugle.eu/pilot-cities/tampere/
- The Vuores eco-efficient district, featuring nature-based solutions
- The Härmälänranta ‘near-zero energy’ district
Full agenda : TAMPERE EIP-SCC field visit invitation
Please note that travel and accommodation must be covered by participants.
Share your interest in participating to the field-visit ideally by 14 September at https://goo.gl/forms/Hf69hvSu05AOOZFz1
Register to MINDTREK, Tampere annual smart city event (20-21 September 2017)
Smart Tampere Program by the City of Tampere was launched at Mindtrek last year. At the same period last year (18 October), Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, mayor of Tampere, signed the Green Digital Charter at a ceremony organised alongside the EUROCITIES mobility and knowledge society forum meeting. [read more at http://bit.ly/2vLlvfV].
Consisting of workshops, inspiring speeches and lightning talks, the Smart City Event at Mindtrek focuses this year on themes such as Smart Mobility, Digital Learning, Smart Lighting and City of Things. Special emphasis is put on the citizen’s perspective.
Agenda and registration are available at http://www.mindtrek.org/2017/smart-city-event-tampere/. Benefit from early-bird tickets (-10%) until 20 August!
- More useful information about Tampere smart city at http://smarttampere.fi/news
- Tampere’s GDC profile : http://bit.ly/GDC-Tampere
This year the Energy Information Days will present the new funding opportunities and innovative schemes offered by Horizon 2020’s Work Programme 2018-2020.
Applying for funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will be selected. If you would like to know more about the type of projects we will be looking for, save the date and join us in Brussels next 23, 24 and 25 October 2017.
This year’s Information Days will:
- update you on the European Energy Efficiency policy;
- present you the Energy priorities of the H2020 Energy 2018-2020 calls for proposals;
- provide you with guidance on how to apply for funding;
- offer you dedicated workshops for each funding area e.g. Energy Efficiency, with the opportunity to meet the EASME energy team and receive answers to your questions;
- give you an opportunity to network and find project partners through the National Contact Points Brokerage event.
Registrations will start in September.
This article was originally published on the Covenant of Mayors website.
The European Commission has opened up the competition to large and small cities across Europe for these prestigious awards, which recognize high environmental records and an outstanding commitment to sustainable urban development. In these year’s editions, both winners of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards will receive for the first time a financial incentive to boost their environmental programmes!
The winner of the European Green Capital award will receive €350,000, while the winner of the European Green Leaf award will receive €75,000. Cities with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply to become European Green Capital, while the European Green Leaf accepts applications from smaller-sized cities (20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants).
Alongside the new financial incentive, winners of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards gain numerous benefits:
• Increased tourism and investment
• International prestige and media coverage
• Membership of an exclusive network of previous winners and shortlisted cities to share ideas and experience towards furthering environmental sustainability
• Application process supports cities in evaluating their environmental progress and benchmarking themselves against their peers
• Boosts momentum to accelerate environmental actions
The European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella: “The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards are becoming increasingly important as we strive to manage our cities and towns against the challenges of population growth, pressure on resources and our responsibilities to manage climate change. European Green Capitals and Green Leafs provide vital inspiration and motivation to help other cities find solutions, on both a European and a global stage.”
Together with partners, the Ruhr metropolitan region is organising a day of conference on ‘How digitalization change cities – Innovations for the urban economy of tomorrow’. The conference, to take place on Wednesday 6 September in the city of Witten, will highlight the possibilities available for the region’s urban infrastructure and innovative business models compared with international benchmarks.
You can look forward to talks given by, among others, Dr Christian Ketels (Harvard Business School), Nikolaos Kontinakis (EUROCITIES) and Pr. Jan van der Borg (EURICUR, University of Leuven). Experts from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Germany will be giving their input during four workshop on the topics of:
- New mobility
- Digitalisation of healthcare
- Urban production
- Green technologies)
Full agenda of the day : Ruhr Metropolitan Region’s conference program ‘How digitalization changes cities’ – September 6th 2017.
Registration (39€) at this link : http://business.metropoleruhr.de/en/digitalization/
Inga vom Hagen-Hülsberg (Project Manager, Project Development), Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH, email@example.com
Access Edinburgh’s city profile by clicking here.
As one of the world’s leading capital cities, ranked second for quality of life in 2017, Edinburgh is experimenting with a number of smart city approaches to improve city sustainability, while driving innovation.
Edinburgh is experimenting with smart waste sensors to better understand patterns of litter across the city. An initial project focused on on-street litter bins, and looked to improve the placement and number of bins, and improve routing efficiency. This would help reduce fuel consumption, as drivers stopped making unnecessary trips to bins that did not need emptying, as well as raising awareness of waste volumes produced in Edinburgh to provide useful data for strategic decision making about waste management in the city. Edinburgh is currently expanding this smart approach to investigate the potential benefits of upscaling to city scale, and potentially to other waste types.
Edinburgh is also currently investing in lighting upgrades, that will replace every lighting column in the city with an energy efficient LED over the next 3 years, as well as providing improvements such as controllable dimming. This infrastructure will also provide an Internet of Things network where additional devices such as traffic or air quality sensors to further improve the city’s data-led approach to sustainability and innovation.
On 30-31 May 2017, Edinburgh hosted the first GuiDanCe ‘workshadowing’ visit. Among other activities, participants from the cities of Oulu and Reykjavik discovered innovative projects developed by the University and Edinburgh Living Lab. Get more insights and pictures through our Storify! Click here.
This is an extract from an article originally published in The Guardian (Gordon Darroch, 12.07.2017).
Crosswalk & CrossCycle : Tilburg pilots apps to encourage pedestrians and cyclers
Since April, Rommen [an elderly citizen of Tilburg] has been able to cross the road without dodging cars – with the help of his smartphone. He is one of 10 people in the Dutch city of Tilburg trialling the Crosswalk, an app that gives pedestrians with restricted mobility extra crossing time.
A sensor in the lights constantly scans the pavement on either side of the junction, and if it “sees” Rommen waiting when the button is pressed it adjusts the green-light time. The app comes pre-installed with one of four time settings, depending on the user’s level of mobility, to minimise delays to other traffic.
Dynniq, the Dutch company that develops intelligent traffic systems and is helping the city council with the trial, explains the app works in combination with GPS and the software that operates the traffic lights, so there is no need to install extra devices.
The company is also developing a spin-off for cyclists, the CrossCycle, which will sense when bikes are approaching a junction and change the lights sooner. Another version detects visually impaired pedestrians and activates the ticking sounds that tell them whether the light is red or green.
The pilot project is part of a 25-year plan to make Tilburg’s road network more pedestrian and cycle-friendly. “We want to do more with smart mobility and use technology rather than just putting down more asphalt,” says Mark Clijsen, urban planning specialist at the city council (https://www.tilburg.nl/).
Tilburg’s long-term mobility strategy, which runs up to 2040, aims to redress the balance in traffic and encourage people to walk or cycle. “For a long time pedestrians have been the neglected kids in traffic who get relatively little time on green,” says Clijsen. “What we want is to give the pedestrians more priority so the cars will have to cross from one side of the city centre to the other. It’s about thinking differently.”
The pilot is due to be assessed in the autumn, and if successful, Clijsen estimates that the traffic lights could be converted at a rate of around one every two weeks. There are still teething problems to iron out: the crossing Rommen uses is right next to a 16-storey block of flats, which makes it hard to pick up a GPS signal.
Tech for elders
“In Tilburg, one of the main challenges in developing the Crosswalk app was finding people to test it”, says Clijsen. Most potential users are elderly and often wary of relying on unfamiliar technology.
“We had to approach them one-on-one and show them how the app worked on their phones. Once we did that they were keen to get involved, but the barrier was very high. We held a presentation and put an advert in a local newspaper with a circulation of 2,000 and 10 people came forward.”
The SCIS conference, untitled ‘Empowering solutions for better cities‘, will gather creative thinkers and decision-makers in the various fields of sustainable and smart urban planning. High-level city representatives will SCIS,
This conference seeks to encourage the replication of solutions, good practices and lessons learned among cities and businesses.
Have a look at the agenda and register at https://www.scisconference2017.eu/.
PRESS RELEASE – Brussels, 27 June 2017
Guimarães became the 53rd European city, and the second in Portugal after Lisbon, to join the community of Green Digital Charter cities.
On the side of the 2020 European Green Capital Applicant (ECGA) workshop organised in Brussels on 27 June, the city of Guimarães demonstrated its commitment to using digital solutions with a view to creating a sustainable future for its citizens.
Amadeu Portilha, vice-mayor of Guimarães, signed the Green Digital Charter (GDC), a EUROCITIES-led initiative promoting the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to reduce carbon emissions.
The revised Charter provides new commitments, such as citizen engagement and greening ICT equipments initiatives, from local authorities eager to collaborate towards an urban future which is smart, green and inclusive.
During the signing event, Amadeu Portilha said that “this commitment follows the path that Guimarães is making to combat the climate changes, decreasing carbon emissions through mitigation measures. The implementation of digital solutions in our territories and improvement of energy efficiency became one of the main focus in our governance. Cities can lead Europe for sustainability and should be inspired by the Digital Charter and other partnerships to a low carbon society.”
Visit Guimaraes website at www.guimaraesdigital.com
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This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website.
New GHG ICT sector guidance, Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S) & Datacentres standards
There is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to become energy efficient, and more sustainable with lower levels of carbon footprint. This is an area where Data Centres have a major role to play. Data Centres alone are responsible for 3% of global electricity supply and for 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions (the same carbon footprint as the airline industry).
Making the ICT sector more sustainable should not only focus on data centres. It is crucial to also pay attention to life cycle GHG emissions of other ICT products and services, such has telecoms network services and desktop managed services. There are several approaches and methodologies to decrease ICT carbon footprint, which will contribute to global emission reductions and energy savings. The challenge is to make ICT players aware of them and help them understand why they are important. The ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinar is all about giving you a helping hand.
Alex Bardell (Sustainability for London) : How can datacentres standards help reducing energy and carbon footprint?
Silvana Muscella (CEO of Trust-IT services and ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project coordinator) : Introducing the Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S). SAT-S is a useful, free, quick and easy-to-use tool to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services. It is a practical tool for ICT-intensive organisations to position their ICT services footprint. Silvana is the driver behind the development of useful digital tools and services for smaller companies, in several ICT areas, such as energy efficiency, and especially useful for helping novices make their ICT more sustainable. The final version of SAT-S is planned for June 2017.
Andie Stephens (Carbon Trust) : Insights on ICT sector guidance for the GHG Protocol Product Standard, which provides detailed guidance for the footprint of ICT products and services in the following areas: Telecommunications Network Services – Desktop Managed Services – Cloud & Data Centre Services – Hardware & Software.
This article was originally published on CityLab.com (Richard Florida, 16 May 2017)
The panel was chaired by Peter Stone of University of Texas at Austin along with researchers from Rethink Robotics, Allen Institute for AI, Microsoft, and academics from Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and other universities from around the world. Their study, Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030, outlines the dramatic impact artificial intelligence (AI) is having and will continue to have for our cities and the way we live and work in them over the next couple of decades.
It outlines the implications of several key dimensions of AI, including:
- Large-scale learning or algorithms that crunch ever-larger datasets
- Deep learning procedures that recognize images, video, audio, speech, and language
- Reinforcement learning that shifts from pattern recognition to experience-driven decision-making
- Robotic devices that can physically interact with environments and people
- Computer vision that allows computers to see and perform tasks better than people
- Natural language processing that does more than react to requests—it communicates through speech
- Collaborative systems, crowdsourcing, and human computation
- Algorithms and computational tools that can apply economic and social data to realign incentives for people and businesses
- The “Internet of Things” that networks appliances, vehicles, buildings, and cameras
- Neuromorphic computing that mimics biological neural networks to improve the efficiency and robustness of computer systems
The report outlines what these technologies mean for cities and raises deep policy (and downright philosophical) questions about their impact across several areas of urban life. Here are a few thoughts reflecting on what this new technological might promise for cities.
Transportation—more than driverless cars
Everyone and their mother is talking about autonomous vehicles, or AVs, which are already being tested on the streets of several cities, including Pittsburgh. The potential relief from traffic congestion and the tragedy of human error on the road make this a top priority for the dream of personal transportation. But technical, economic, and ethical questions about our autonomous future abound—from the possible (major) glitch of pedestrian deaths to the potential job losses from automation to the possible fatal erosion of public transportation. We need to be ready for the next time the car transforms the city.
Artificial intelligence could also help systems be more dynamic. Real-time information, machine learning, and algorithms could turn public transportation into a much more vibrant public good, eliminating much of the current frustrations and frictions they generate now. AI could allow us to better allocate resources to make transportation more reliable and more equitable.
Public safety and privacy
Cities have already begun to deploy a wide variety of AI technologies for security purposes. Expect those trends to continue through to 2030. Analytics have successfully helped combat white collar crime, such as credit-card fraud, and could also prove useful in preventing cyber-crimes in the future. These technologies might not only help police departments solve crimes with less effort but also could assist crime prevention and prosecution by improving record keeping and automatically processing video for anomalies (including evidence of abusive policing).
But as we’ve seen with this kind of technology deployed for surveillance and predictive policing at the street level, the central question for cities is building trust and eliminating discriminatory targeting. The study argues that with proper research and resources, AI prediction tools could help remove or reduce human bias rather than reinforcing the current systemic problems. But these same powerful tools have a way of replicating the bias of the humans who create the technology in the first place. And techniques like network analysis, which can be used to disrupt criminal or terrorist plots, also have the potential for overreaching, threatening civil liberties, and violating the privacy of city residents.
Work and life
Artificial intelligence also portends major changes to health care, education, home care, and related services. AI may enable more efficient economic development of so called “low-resource communities” that have higher rates of poverty, joblessness, and therefore have limited funds for public programs and infrastructure. With data mining leading incentives and priorities, there’s promise to the idea that AI might unburden systems with limited resources and allocate resources better. Algorithms could connect restaurants to food banks to turn excess in to resources or connect the unemployed to jobs, for example. Harnessing social networks could also help distribute health-related information and address homelessness.
Predictive models could not only help government agencies put limited budgets to better use, they could produce more complex thinking to anticipate future problems rather than reacting to a crisis such as the lead poisoning in Flint. After a crisis hits, AI might assist in allocating resources, say by identifying children at risk of exposure or finding women who are pregnant that might need prenatal care to mitigate adverse birth outcomes.
A key caveat would be to make sure these tools act as a guard against discriminatory behavior—identifying people for services without baking racial indicators or proxy factors into the machine learning of these systems.
The way forward
AI brings a contradictory future to our cities. On the hand, tech-optimists see technology like autonomous vehicles, mobile healthcare, and robot teachers freeing us from mundane chores like commuting and waiting in doctor’s offices and making our cities better, more inclusive and sustainable places. On the other hand, techno-pessimists see a dystopian future where AI and robots take away jobs and we live in a state of perpetual surveillance.
The report takes a more measured approach. “AI will likely replace tasks rather than jobs in the near term, and will also create new kinds of jobs,” the authors state. “But the new jobs that will emerge are harder to imagine in advance than the existing jobs that will likely be lost.”
The study highlights a need for a new set of strategies and policies to guide the use of AI in the city, spanning legality and liability, certifications, agency control, innovation and privacy, labor and taxation. It also calls for more research, training and funding for cities and local governments to better understand and be ready for this coming revolution.
AI presents a complex set of considerations for cities. As with any big new technology, the possibilities are exciting—but mayors, policy makers, and urbanists must be vigilant to ensure that we set in place the regulations and institutions required to make the most of these new technologies while minimizing their downsides.
This year, digital was right on top of the agenda of this EU Sustainable Energy Week: from large-scale smart city projects to citizen-oriented digital services and apps, ICT assume an essential role in maximising energy consumption in our lives.
The Green Digital Charter welcomed participants at its stand of the Networking Village on Thursday 22 June morning (09:00 – 12:30, Résidence Palace). Signed by 52 European cities, the Charter sets energy efficiency as top priority for signatories.
Digital solutions to save energy
GDC signatories are compiling and implementing local and digital strategies to make the most efficient use of ICTs to improve the economic, social and environment wellbeing of their citizens.
This event was the occasion to discover policies and projects implemented by GDC signatory cities in the area of energy efficiency.
- Read our annual collections of case-studies
- Lisbon and Rijeka awarded for their approach to energy management (read more)
Environmentally-sound IT and digital applications
Already today, carbon directly emitted by the ICT sector (datacentres and telecommunication networks) reaches 2% and is expected to double by 2020. Among the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is the establishment of a common methodological framework for the measurement of the energy intensity and carbon emissions arising from the production, transport and selling processes of ICT goods, services and networks.
On Wednesday (14:00 – 15:30), DG CONNECT organised a session on ‘nearly zero-emission’ datacentres, testifying of the Commission’s commitment to foster environmental-sound network infrastructures able to sustain the Digital Single Market (DSM). Laura Baracchi (from Trust-IT) presented the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project and the self-assessment tool developed to raise awareness on the carbon footprint of digital service (SAT-S).
(Smart) cities are important consumers of digital goods and services, and sometimes even owners of IT infrastructures.Leading by example is one of the GDC signatories’ commitments. Indeed, cities can ensure the measurement, transparency and visibility of each city’s use of ICT infrastructure and digital services in terms of carbon footprint.
EUSEW Networking Village 7
GDC interactive board also approached the rising issue of energy consumption of ICT devices.
Participants were given the opportunity to self-assess the carbon footprint generated by ICT equipments they own. This small game enabled us to present projects, initiatives and alternative existing in European cities to foster a market for green, energy-efficient and environmental-sound ICT and digital solutions. The game sparked some interesting discussions with stakeholders present in the Networking Village.
This webinar is part of our series on ‘citizen engagement in smart cities‘. Watch the previous recordings on our YouTube channel.
Wednesday 7 June
11:00 – 12:00 CEST (Brussels time)
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‘Gamification’ indicates “the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts”. It involves using elements such as badges and rewards, challenges and leader-boards as well as the ability to ‘level-up’ and/or use an avatar.
Objectives range from raising awareness to motivating users to change their behaviours or engaging them to play a more active role in their environment.
This webinar will present three EU-funded projects using game features to support a shift in urban behaviours towards more sustainable and liveable cities.
hackAIR is developing an open technology platform for ‘citizen observatories’ on air quality. The project aims to raise collective awareness about the daily levels of human exposure to air pollution, an environmental issue with serious health and lifespan implications. Community-driven data sources are expected to complement official data.
A citizen engagement strategy is being developed by VUB, the research partner, including co-creation workshops from the early stages.
Speaker: Gavin McCrory (Smart City researcher, imec-SMIT-Vrike Universiteit Brussel)
Download the presentation here.
EMPOWER aims to reduce use of conventionally fuelled vehicles (CFV) in cities by fundamentally changing people’s mobility behaviour. Citizens are encouraged to use more sustainable modes of transport through personalised positive incentives made available via a smartphone app.
Implementation of EMPOWER in the city of Enschede is part of a broader attempt to stimulate cycling.
Speaker: Marcel Meeuwissen (Senior advisor Smart Mobility and Cities, Municipality of Enschede)
Download the presentation here.
ChArGED (CleAnweb Gamified Energy Disaggregation) addresses the energy consumption in public buildings by using smart sensors and IoT-enabled devices. ChArGED gamified application aims to reduce inefficient consumption and thus improve the predictability of baseline energy spending.
Three pilot-sites are testing the app: the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN) in Barcelona, the General Secretariat of the Municipality of Athens and the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art (MNHA) of Luxembourg.
Speaker: Stavros Lounis (Researcher and Director of Gamifico Ltd., Greece)
Download the presentation here.
València offers, in real time, data of air quality, car parks, bicycles and buses in a public portal with citizen dashboards
València al Minut
The new municipal portal “València in real time” (“València al Minut” the original name in Valencian) offers citizens and public servants real-time traffic information, car and bicycle parking places, bicycle lane, EMT bus network, meteorology, air pollution, road works and even , unemployment data.
Councilor for Electronic Administration, Pere Fuset, has said that it is “a commitment of the City Council for transparency and the best tool to bring services to the citizen”; and explained that it also offers news, cultural agenda and the different municipal social networks.
The website, available in Valencian and Spanish, presents “relevant and most interesting” indicators for citizens in the areas of sustainable mobility, social welfare, environmental sustainability and governance, including maps with different layers that allow access to this information in a geolocalized way.
This way it is possible for citizens to consult which bus stop is the closest and how long it will take the next bus to arrive, the free places of a public car park – soon to be included the private ones -, free Wifi access points, the public bicycle anchorages, the monthly unemployment data, thermal sensation or airborne particles.
València Smart City
Fuset has assured that this is a “first step” included in the strategy “València Valencia Smart City” which objective is to “provide citizens with more information on municipal services in real time and that will be permanently available.”
During the presentation of the platform www.valencia.es/valenciaalminut, the technicians who have developed it have shown that this tool places València “at the level of big smart cities with citizen dashboards” and have indicated that “it will grow as there is more information”.
This information is also shown outside the maps, and is supplemented with socio-economic information on data and unemployment rate, news, cultural agenda and social network accounts, as well as having a link to the “open government” portal and the World Council on City Data website (www.dataforcities.org), to compare information with other cities.
According to Fuset, the portal is “very thought to be used with the mobile” and will go “enriching with more information” that they consider of relevance.
Besides, the municipal “Geoportal” (geoportal.valencia.es) has been presented: “a much more ambitious project to map all the city information order by neighborhoods and districts, for citizens and municipal employees”.
Learn more about València’s smart city approach by visiting its profile page
Pages 21-22-23 and 46 of our GDC 2016 collection of case-studies (http://bit.ly/GDC–case-studies-2016).
On 7 and 8 June 2017, Malaga will host the 8th ‘Green Cities’ Forum of Urban Intelligence and Sustainability ‘, a smart city trade-fair attended by more than 27 000 professionals between 2010 and 2016.
In this 8th edition, two main spaces will be allocated for round-tables and presentations:
- The “ICT & Sustainability Forum” space will stimulate an open debate on how the ICT industry contributes to optimal development of the information society in a sustainable world.
Round-tables and presentations will focus on Governance – Building – Digital Transformatin – Smart Cities – Energy – Finance – and Mobility.
- The “Green Lab” area will provide space for presenting commercial and institutional products and services
Participants registered in Green Cities’ Networking will have access to an online meeting tool allowing them to debate, cooperate, do commercial deals and raise initiatives and projects with cities, participantsd and exhibitors.
Municipal technicians of the main Spanish cities on sustainable development, energy efficiency and smart management will be present.
Have a look at the speakers here!
How to participate? Go to this page.
The EU Sustainable Energy Awards are a major feature of the annual EUSEW policy conference. Twelve finalists are competing for the title of most successful project for secure, clean, and efficient energy in four categories (public sector; consumers; energy islands; and businesses). A high-level jury will decide the winner in each category. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 20 June.
Citizens are invited to vote online to pick the winner of the 2017 Citizens’ Award at http://www.eusew.eu/awards-public-vote
Gothenburg’s CELSIUS pilot project shortlisted in public sector category
The CELSIUS project (http://celsiuscity.eu/) aims to make it easier for local authorities and energy companies to develop energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems.
District heating and cooling systems are a sustainable, low-carbon way of keeping buildings comfortable and providing hot water. They provide centrally generated heat to buildings via a network of pipes.
Gothenburg is one of the project’s partner cities, along with Rotterdam, Cologne, Genoa, and London (Islington Council). The seven replication cities are Athens, Gdansk, Ghent, Gdynia, Riga, Viladecans, and Warsaw.
The project brings together 65 European cities along with other stakeholders from industry, academia, and special interest groups. Projects to test the technologies developed by CELSIUS have already cut CO2 emissions in Europe by almost €100,000 per year.
Gothenburg, green and sustainable city
- Gothenburg signed the Green Digital Charter in November 2015. [read article]
- Learn more about ‘Green Gothenburg’ on the GDC website at http://bit.ly/2pNdpNq
More information on GDC/GuiDanCe training activities at http://bit.ly/GDC-training-activities.
On 30 and 31 May, Edinburgh hosted the first ‘work-shadowing visit’ organised under the Green Digital Charter/GuiDanCe umbrella. Delegates from the cities of Oulu and Reykjavik had the chance to discover Edinburgh’s sustainable policy and objectives, in which ICT play a central role.
Day 1 : In-site visits
After a first meet-up in the historical City Chambers, participants headed to the University of Edinburgh, a pioneer in terms of IT research.
To achieve its ‘smart transformation’, the City Council relies on strong relationships with research partners. Edinburgh Living Lab (ELL) also established within the University, plays the essential role of ‘experimentalist’ in the field of social innovation.
By organising a visit to ‘Transport for Edinburgh’ in the afternoon, the host meets its Oulu delegates’ own priority in terms of urban development: the implementation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).
Day 2: Sustainable Edinburgh 2020 [watch the video]
ICT play there an important role : from reporting energy consumption and improving energy efficiency in public buildings to supporting the ‘open space strategy‘ developed by the Council to enhance citizens’ interaction and ownership with their environment.
Particularly innovative is Edinburgh’s use of ICT in its sustainable urban food policy. From interactive maps to food apps, how can ICT drive change in citizens’ eating habits and attitudes toward food in the city?
Your city has signed the Green Digital Charter and is interested in visiting one of its peers?
Contact Rebecca Portail (project support officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 8 June 2014 (14:30 – 15:30 CET), the city of Copenhagen will present its innovation procurement procedure used to deploy an Intelligent Street Lighting system throughout the city.
Copenhagen’s comprehensive carbon-reduction plan targets a 50% decrease of the energy consumption of its street lights. A 250 million Danish krones (about 33 million euro) contract was awarded for installing a new LED street lighting system and 12-year maintenance.
To finance the project, the tender used innovation procurement procedures to ensure appropriate products and systems being purchased. Louise Rathleff (Program Manager) and Stine Ellermann (Contract Manager) will give detailed description of the procurement procedure and share their knowledge and lessons learnt from the procurement.
For any enquiry, please contact y.li[a]mail.ertico.com
More information on www.spice-project.eu
With the building of a new university campus (Tampere3), students will increasingly need to move between the campuses. In most cases, students commute using public transportation, but also walking or by bike or by car.
To answer this mobility challenge, SCIL (the Smart Campus Innovation Lab, a “living lab” and open-source development community gathering students, IT and university professionals) organises a Challenge to develop an application that can ease the life of Tampere3 students, thanks to open data and public transport data made available online.
Curious to learn more about this initiative : Visit MINDTREK website here.
‘Smart Education’ and ‘Smart Mobility’ are two pillars of Tampere’s approach to smart city.
Read more on Tampere profile page.
Three signatory cities of the Green Digital Charter are in the final race for winning the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) for the year 2019. Ghent, Lisbon and Tallinn are among the five main European cities selected by the jury for their efforts towards environmentally-friendly cities.
To win the price, they must convince the jury of:
- their overall commitment to ongoing environmental improvement and sustainable development;
- their capacity to act as a role model;
- their strategy for communicating with the public
SAVE THE DATE – Essen will host the award ceremony on 2 Jun e2017
On 7-8 June 2017, Bordeaux will host a workshop on ‘Making Smart Cities Sustainable, from large-scale pilots to real-life deployment‘.
The event is organised by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) in partnership with Bordeaux Métropole, eG4u, the Sharing Cities project and SDBX365 and supported by EUROCITIES and the European Commission.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to hear from various city representatives who will share their views on how to move beyond trials and pilot project to wider implementations of standards based solutions.
Participation to the event is free of charge and open to all upon mandatory registration. Please note that Bordeaux will be very busy at this time of the year, attendees are advised to book their hotels as soon as possible. Information is available on the site.
Contact : email@example.com
[This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website]
Last week ICTFOOTPRINT.eu attended SMARTGREENS 2017, in Porto, Portugal, a conference that brought together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.
This provided an excellent forum to showcase the project with an exhibition booth, where SMARTGREENS attendees got more detailed information about ICTFOOTPRINT.eu services, represented by Trust-IT Services (project coordinator) and EUROCITIES (project partner).
Smart cities as a key factor in ICT sustainability
A 20 minute presentation on “green insights” was also given explaining how ICTFOOTPRINT.eu services help cities reducing their ICT carbon footprint, by making informed decisions on how to make their ICT services sustainable and energy efficient.
The audience was made aware of why “green IT” is important for cities and why they have a key role in making the ICT sector more sustainable. ICT can save up to €600 billion & decrease 15% of carbon emissions in 2020, by becoming energy efficient (The Climate Group). Cities contribute to 70% of the world’s greenhouse gases (GHG), where +50% World Population lives.
In addition, some cities favouring green IT ecosystems, such as Nantes (France), where the city has organised demos of green IT projects, developed a Green Code Lab and a global eco-design certificate for an energy-efficient website, among other examples.
Getting familiar with tools & services for sustainability in ICT sector
Attendees were also made aware of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu tools which have been carefully developed to face the most common reasons why organisations do not become sustainable in ICT: lack of knowledge and expertise, lack of time, and low awareness of the benefits.
The Webinars give training and information to those who do not have expertise and want to make their organisation more sustainable. The free marketplace is the online meeting point to find sustainable ICT suppliers with services and products that help stakeholders achieve lower levels of ICT carbon footprint.
The Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services, known as SAT-S is a useful, free, quick and easy-to-use tool to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services, which helps users make informed decisions on how to make their ICT services sustainable and energy efficient. The multilingual online help-desk (English, French, Spanish, Italian & German) gives customised support on sustainable ICT standards.
New audiences to promote energy efficiency in ICT
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is happy to have showcased the project to new audiences and to find new synergies with different stakeholders, from researchers to Standard Development Organisations, which will support Europe in becoming more sustainable in its ICT.
Download the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu presentation here
Get the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Flyer customised for Cities & Public Administrators here
Access the photo gallery on Flickr
Wednesday 26 April
14:00 – 15:00 CEST (Brussels time)
Thanks to smartphones and apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, networks and sensors deployed throughout public spaces, cities are collecting vast amounts of data beneficial for the ‘public good’. This data enables municipalities to develop better-informed decision-making and improve public services (waste management, traffic prediction, energy efficiency).
This webinar intends to show how data management processes by city administrations and use of privacy-by-design standards are key to build trust and resilience in smart cities and open data.
- Daniel Sarasa (Smart City Program Manager’, Zaragoza City Council) will present his “Guidelines for urban big data sharing” (*full text available here*).
Co-author of ‘Zaragoza’s Open Government Strategy 2012-2015’, Daniel collaborates with EUROCITIES on various smart city initiatives and projects.
Zaragoza received the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen Engagement and Impact on Society’ for the Zaragoza Citizen Card (watch the interview) and contributed to the CITYkeys project
- Antonio Kung (CTO, Trialog) will bring his expertise how privacy management should be integrated in smart cities.
Partner in the EIP-SCC ‘Citizen Focus’ Action Cluster, Antonio is leading the initiative on ‘Citizen-Centric Approach to Data – Privacy by Design’. Antonio chaired a series of workshops aiming at defining measures supporting the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Download/preview the presentation: Data management in smart cities – protecting citizens privacy Trialog Antonio Kung
This webinar is part of GDC/GuiDanCe series of webinars on Citizens in Smart Cities. It is co-organised with the ESPRESSO project, currently developing a conceptual Smart City Information Framework based on open standards.
Digital technologies are key enablers in reducing the carbon footprint of cities and improving energy efficiency. ICTs have a significant role to play vis-à-vis greening our urban spaces as they can provide energy savings to the building stock, improve the functioning of the electrical grid and water management systems etc.
Nonetheless, the ICT sector has a responsibility to reduce and minimise its carbon emissions. In pursuance of such ambitions, ‘smart cities’ are expected to incorporate the environmental impact of digital technologies which are deployed into their strategic thinking and planning*.
The Green Digital Charter and ICTFOOTPRINT.EU projects are seeking cities which are implementing projects, policies and activities aimed at measuring and/or reducing energy consumption of digital technologies.
All best practices shall be showcased during the SmartGreens conference in Porto (22 April) and the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in June.
Share yours with us at Rebecca.Portail[at]eurocities.eu
Thursday 27 April 2017
Becoming sustainable in ICT does not necessarily mean that we should only focus on the energy consumed by ICT.
We shall also take into account the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of all ICT components, which is about analysing the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life : from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, as well as disposal or recycling[*].
Jean-Marc Alberola (Group Energy Strategy leader at Airbus & vice-chair of ETSI Industry-Specification-Group on Operational Energy Efficiency for Users, ISG-OEU) – Presentation of KPI DCEM (Key Performance Indicators on Data Centre Energy Management) and how to implement them in an industrial area of corporate ICT sites.
Fadri Casty & Tereza Lévová (EcoInvent) – Presentation of the world’s most consistent & transparent Life Cycle Inventory database, to help you make truly informed decisions about ICT products’ environmental impact.
Berina Delalic (multEE) – Introduction of the Monitoring & Verification Platform (MVP), a web-based tool calculating and storing data about energy and CO2 savings resulting from implement energy efficiency measures.
[*] Curious about e-waste? Watch ‘Ghana Digital Dumping Ground‘ (2009), a short documentary on Agbogbloshie, the world’s biggest wasteland for electronic devices.
The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) published recommendations on how to improve European policies and funding opportunities in the areas or urban innovation and smart cities projects.
They can be consulted at http://bit.ly/2oqDrsb.
Recommendations, developed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) are classified into four main types:
- Specific recommendations for Horizon 2020
- Recommendations for stakeholder engagement and communication of projects’ results
- General policy recommendations
- EU Support Coordination
What comes next?
SCIS is building on this initial assessment by collecting more lessons learned from projects, by conducting studies on replicability of projects and by identifying additional experiences from local, national, regional, and EU level.
Sharing your story will help providing recommendations to policy-makers to address market gaps in the smart city sector. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was originally published on Covenant of Mayors website.
ELENA – European Local Energy Assistance:
Inspiration from successful projects
27 April 2017 11:00 – 12:00
This webinar will focus on the ELENA eligibility requirements and application process, and will also provide some examples of successful projects that have benefitted from an ELENA grant. One of these projects is BRITE – Bristol Retrofitting – Innovative Technologies for Everyone, which has enabled UK Covenant signatory Bristol to implement a number of sustainable energy projects.
Since 2009, ELENA has awarded around EUR 95 million to support an estimated EUR 4.5 billion of investment in local and regional authorities across Europe.
This webinar is particularly destined for municipalities and local authorities that are planning to deliver a project with an investment volume of at least EUR 30 million.
Organiser: Covenant of Mayors Office
5 days @CeBIT
This year, the CeBIT show lasted between 20 and 24 March, and was entirely dedicated to the digitalisation of the world economy. From cloud technology and cybersecurity to robotics, drones and the Internet of Things (IoT), this gigantic fair showcased the latest and best products and services in the digital market.
The Smart City Forum’s stand was located in one corner of the Public Sector Parc. Coordinated by the Urban Software Institute [ui!], the whole area was dedicated to smart city projects being developed in collaboration with German cities, universities, and/or companies.
Also represented were private partners from Cologne and Munich involved in the Smarter Together and GrowSmarter ‘lighthouse’ projects, and in the Hamburg-centred Horizon 2020 funded MySmartLife and reTHINK projects.
Under the ‘EUROPA’ banner, another stand was allocated to the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), where three Horizon 2020-funded projects introduced themselves:
- the Green Digital Charter (GDC/GuiDanCe) initiative
- the CITYkeys performance measurement framework
- the ESPRESSO project (the acronym stands for systEmic StandardisationapPRoach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities)
Over five days, visitors (mostly from industry) could obtain information on the EIP-SCC market place in general and the urban platforms in particular. Urban platforms are technological infrastructures by which cities manage data flows across their systems (sensors, cloud services, mobile devices, analytics, social media and many more). These networks help European cities manage the vast amount of data collected by public service operations and sensors (Internet of Things).
Scores of flyers were handed out at that stand to explain the Green Digital Charter/GuiDance, CITYkeys, and ICTFOOTPRINT.EU projects. The 2016 collection of GDC case studies and our two handbooks on the CITYkeys framework were also available to inform visitors.
We need common and open standards
On 19 March, the opening ceremony was attended by Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, partner country of CeBIT 2017, and Angela Merkel, chancellor of host country Germany. In his keynote address, Abe emphasised the importance of education and of common technology standards. “Together, let us develop common curricula and common standards”, he said.
Common standards are key to the interoperability of different systems, and they make all smart city solutions scalable, replicable, and efficient. The CITYkeys project offers a measurement framework based on open standards and formats, which is an invaluable tool for cities aiming to improve their local decision making processes and to cooperate at European level. The key performance indicators (KPIs) developed by the CITYkeys partners have been endorsed by the ESPRESSO project, which develops a standardised integrated framework for smart cities.
Smart Cities Focus
Just around the corner, where a humble lamp post offered visitors free wifi access, students from the Technische Universität of Berlin presented a simulation table designed to visualise patterns for collaborative urban planning. Through its ‘Conscious City’ project, the university’s architectural design and urban planning group CHORA intends to demonstrate how games and other platforms can help us co-create our urban environment.
Visitors could attend a number of conferences and sessions on ‘smart urbanism’, where the speakers elaborated on the concepts and technologies behind the drive to develop safe, clean, and efficient cities. Most of these, however, targeted German speakers only.Those curious to know what ‘smart city’ means outside the EU’s borders could attend a lecture delivered by Andrey Belozerov, deputy CIO of the city of Moscow. The recording of his thought-provoking address, entitled ‘Cities – new key drivers of digitalisation’, is available at http://www.cebit.de/event/cities-new-key-drivers-of-digitalization/KEY/74913.
Digital technologies provide great opportunities for cities to improve their local urban planning practices, and help them go a long way toward becoming sustainable, green, and inclusive. What this year’s CeBIT has confirmed again is that much depends on how we use these fast-evolving and omnipresent technologies, tools, gadgets and gizmos.. The event also left visitors wonder if the ‘rest of the world’ is ready to catch up with Europe just yet.
The press release can be downloaded here.
The city of Tilburg is the 52nd European city, and the 5th Dutch city, to sign the Green Digital Charter, a EUROCITIES initiative promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities. The municipality of Tilburg is committed to carrying out five pilot projects based on information and communications technology (ICT) and aligned with the Charter’s themes over the next five years. The aim of these and other actions is to reduce the direct carbon footprint of the ICT sector by 30% over the next ten years.
Deputy mayor Berend de Vries signed the GDC on 17 March 2017 at the occasion of EUROCITIES’ Environment Forum spring meeting in Antwerp, on the same day of a political debate gathering eight deputy mayors on “Localising the energy transition”. The forum meeting gathered 145 participants from 57 cities to debate the recently launched EU ‘clean energy for all Europeans’ package and energy transition in cities.
One example is the involvement of Tilburg in the Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods (ODSN) project commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to implement the FP7-funded IREEN roadmap in Dutch cities. Along with four other Dutch municipalities, Tilburg works on advancing its open data strategy and on adopting novel digital infrastructures to facilitate the implementation of local climate policy.
“There is an interesting dilemma: With increasing ICT applications, we can create flexibility, avoid mobility and thus reduce CO2. On the other hand, ICT is growing to be a large user of energy.
The city of Tilburg will support the network of 52 signatories of the Green Digital Charter in looking for ICT-solutions which reduce the carbon footprint”
Deputy mayor Berend de Vries
Tilburg is an active member of EUROCITIES’ Environment Forum, in particular the working-group on ‘air quality, climate change and energy efficiency’. Signing the Green Digital Charter testifies of the city’s commitment to implement the Europe 2020 Energy strategy, especially in terms of energy efficiency.
Tilburg is one of the municipalities of BrabantStad, one of the six Dutch cities being full members of the EUROCITIES network. The purpose of EUROCITIES is to improve the quality of life of the residents of its member cities by facilitating cooperation and networking, encouraging knowledge sharing, and jointly influencing the EU’s relevant policies and practices.
In February, the SELECT for Cities Initiative launched its call to support the development of an Internet-of-Everything (IoE) platform for open innovation in Europe.
Selected organisations will get contracts from 36,000€ to 800,000€ each. The procurement is financed by three cities – Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki – with support from the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme.
To learn more about the innovation competition and access the tender documents, please visit www.select4cities.eu/tender
On 28-29 September, Heraklion will host the second annual Smart Blue City Euro-Mediterranean conference on ’Smart, inclusive and resilient small and medium-sized cities and island communities in the Mediterranean: exploring current research paths and experience-based evidence’.
Combining a scientific conference with an exhibition, the event will bring together city and regional authorities with representatives of industry, SMEs, academics, and professionals to discuss smart solutions to the challenges faced in the region and to explore new market opportunities.
The conference is organised in the frame of the EIP-SCC ‘Smart Cities in the Mediterranean’ strategic partnership (SMART-MED action cluster).
It will focus on areas where ICTs, energy and mobility policies overlap, and will seek to identify transferable solutions.
At 14:00 CET on 14 March, EUROCITIES hosted a public webinar on citizen participation and co-creation in smart cities, where the experiences gathered from the Sharing Cities and Green Digital Charter projects were shared with the participants.
Magnus Y. Josefsson presented the Better Reykjavik collaborative online platform, through which citizens can submit policy proposals to the municipal government. ‘Better Reykjavik‘ was among the shortlisted projects in the “Citizen participation & impact on society” category of the 2016 edition of the GDC Awards.
Find out more about Reykjavik’s SMART projects and priorities here.
During a recent peer-learning visit organised in Milan in the frame of the Sharing Cities project, ‘fellow’ city representatives heard a presentation about the host city’s civic crowdfunding practices.
Find out more about Milan’s SMART projects and priorities here.
About Sharing Cities
Sharing Cities (www.sharingcities.eu) ‘lighthouse’ programme is a proving ground for a better, common approach to making smart cities a reality. By foestering international collaboration between industry and cities, the project seeks to develop affordable, integrated, commercial-scale smart city solutions with a high market potential. The project partners work in close cooperation with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) and with other ‘lighthouse’ consortia. Sharing Cities offers a framework for citizen engagement and collaboration at local level, thereby strenghtening trust between cities and citizens. The project draws on €24 million in EU funding. It aims to trigger €500 million in investment and to engage over 100 municipalities across Europe.
Within the framework of the existing cooperation arrangements between the EU and China, a new H2020 project (URBAN-EU-CHINA) with a consortium of 12 European and Chinese partners will soon be launched. The project will develop an evidence-driven, bottom-up approach to complement the existing top-down strategic approach to cooperation in sustainable urbanisation.
The partners will develop a coordinated series of actions that include a research and innovation agenda; networking events; benchmarking; monitoring; and peer learning activities. The underlying ambition is to address the disconnect between strategic visions and operational realities. The expected results of this 36-month, €1.5 million support action include joint policy strategies, a nursery of joint projects, and city-industry-science partnerships.
EUROCITIES will lead work on matching cities and organising event clusters.
The kick-off of the platform will take place from 19 to 21 March 2017 in the Chinese city of Putian, at the occasion of the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development. The partnership will then be officially launched at the occasion of a ceremony hosted in Brussels at the end of March.
URBAN-EU-CHINA is a Cooordination and Support Action (CSA) funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. CORDIS
“If I were to decipher the message that 2017 is bringing, I would say that data sharing and co-creation will certainly boost urban innovation in the forthcoming years. And that, in Zaragoza, we have some interesting tools to make it happen:
our smart Citizen Card, our “de facto” digital platform upon which we can build all sorts of services, from gamification to citizen participation
our Open Urban Lab, the co-creation lab of the city, located at the very core of Zaragoza’s flagship innovation hub “Etopia Center for Arts and Technology”
a thriving civic and innovation ecosystem and a program “100 Ideas ZGZ” conceived to set bottom-up ideas in motion, using the city as an innovation platform
The good news started in Luxembourg. After pitching the Citizen Card in late January on the Big Data Info Days on Horizon 2020 we are overwhelmed by the number of agents from either industry and research arena that have proposed to partner with us in big data-related H2020 calls. Almost simultaneously, four groups of design students from the University of Zaragoza presented four innovative ideas for new services on the Citizen Card. They had been working on them for three months both in the classroom and in the Lab.
A week later we took a plane to Brussels: on Jan, 25th Zaragoza’s Citizen Card received the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen participation and impact on society’. During the conference ‘Cities in Transition – the role of digital in shaping our future cities’ held in Brussels we had the opportunity to present our current and future data policy and discuss it with an engaged audience from government and academia. Take two concepts already developed in these blog’s pages: Big (open) Data, and Data Sharing.
We need European funding to materialize these and other ideas, so we’ve been working very hard with the team on several European proposals for using data to spark and guide the co-creation of new public services. We have already tested this principle within the project CITYkeys, where data has allowed us to identify gaps and opportunities for new transport services: that’s how the future network of bicycle parking spots started to be designed. A path, that of the co-creation of new public services based on data insights, that we intend to develop further.
On Feb, 6th we enrolled on a learning trip to beautiful Cascais (Portugal) to join the “Smart Life Incubator” think tank. We were ‘locked’ by the outstanding TM Forum staff alongside other city policy makers from Tokyo, Liverpool, Nice, Porto, Saint Quentin, Cascais and Utrecht. It was an intense 3-day working session focused on addressing urban challenges through innovation and cooperation between stakeholders. We dealt with problems such as mobility, talent attraction, unemployment, on-line services,… We shared strategies to bring deprived public space back to life, or to improve city response in case of catastrophe. Surprisingly, data sharing was identified as a common enabling vector for most of the challenges. The bad news is that no one seems to know how to make it happen without compromising, either legitimate organization assets or personal privacy: the relationship between big data and governments is still heavily cluttered.
So while everybody talks about co-creation, there is an astonishingly small number of succes stories out there. Most projects, like the “Co-creating responsive urban spaces” initiative in Amsterdam, are just starting. And data sharing is something we all think should be happening (for the sake of humanity, right?) but that no one has seen yet. In my Master on City Sciences’ thesis I pointed out that there are gigantic organizational and behavioural (psychological) barriers that block the way. As more projects on co-creation start in the following years, and small scale urban data sharing examples are being built, we expect that a whole new body of knowledge about the subject will appear. This knowledge, of course, will blossom on the urban ground, since it is the natural environment where people’s ideas and big (urban) data can turn into solutions.
The story of co-creation and data sharing is just beginning. We’ll be here to write it.”
Daniel Sarasa Funes is urban innovation planner and Smart City Program Manager at Zaragoza City Council. He is co-author of Zaragoza’s digital agenda 2012-2015 “Towards a Smart Citizenship” and co-editor of OpenYourCity.com
The 4th ICTFOOTPRINT free webinar held 23 February 2017 focused on ICT energy efficiency Calculation tools and sustainable ICT insights on energy services.
- Thomas Corvaiser (CEO of Greenspector) introduced the concept of software eco-design, and told us how it helps lowering the consumption of IT resources while preserving performance and user experience.
- Frédéric Croisson (Deloitte Sustainability) showcased the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Self-Assessment Tool for Services (SAT-S), a useful, quick and easy-to-use tool that calculate the carbon footprint of your ICT services. The tool helps users not only to make informed decisions about how to make an ICT service sustainable, but also discover the impact of ICT devices & activities in terms of Green House Gas emissions and primary energy consumption. (SAT-S will be launched very soon).
- Karen Robinson shared some sustainable ICT practices and presented the save@work initiative, which encourages public sector employees to come together in teams to reduce the energy consumption of their building by making small changes to their everyday energy consuming behaviours.
WATCH THE WEBINAR
More information on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website.
The year, Eindhoven‘s annual Beyond Data Event will be held on 30 March 2017.
This edition will see a swift from pilots and trials to real life cases. Cities are asked to come forward with their best practice cases, however small or big, and share them with other cities.
During this year’s ‘On the Edge’ edition, inspiring speakers, critical players, strategists and policy makers will take you on a journey to connect data organisations and data users.
Some of the topics to be discussed on 30 March 2017 include:
- Innovation in data, Smart Cities & Internet of Things
- Developments in the use of personal data: healthcare, social care and more
- Embedding smart cities as a backbone of infrastructure, equipment, protocols
- HELPDESK of cities and data science labs
- Connecting Tech to Reality: how do we match technology with the needs of society
- Pilots are good, but what’s next? What’s real?
- Help needed: sharing user cases & best practice. How can you help? What are the challenges?
This article was originally published on the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project’s website
ICT is one of the most powerful instruments to face today’s greatest threats including climate change and exhaustion of resources. Taking a closer look, however, ICT has its own responsibilities in terms of carbon emissions, in particular due to the huge amount of energy needed to keep data centres up and running, and the underlying infrastructure and networks working. We live in an highly interconnected world where issues and solutions are often intertwined.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is a unique one-stop-shop for finding all the simple, accessible information you need for reducing your ICT environmental impact. ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is also a lively marketplace where sellers showcase their sustainable ICT solutions and meet with potential buyers.
In order to understand the environmental impact of a product it is necessary to consider its whole lifecycle from the extraction of raw materials, design and production, down to the development, usage and final disposal and recovery. Have you ever wondered what the environmental footprint of an apple is? Are electric cars eco-friendly all over the world? ecoinvent offers a Life Cycle Assessment tool based on the world’s largest transparent Life Cycle Inventory database with over 12.800 datasets from reliable sources. The ecoinvent association is a not-for-profit organisation, whose vision is to help people all around the world do high quality environmental assessments more easily and therefore make truly informed choices.
E-waste is polluting drinking water and harming ecosystems around the world. By 2017, the total annual volume of e-waste is set to rise by 33% to 65.4 million tons, the weight equivalent to almost 200 Empire State Buildings (Stepinitiative.org 2014). The manufacture of one PC requires about 1.7 tonnes of raw materials and water and consumes over ten times the computer’s weight in fossil fuels: 75% of PC fossil fuel consumption has already happened before the computer is even switched on for the first time (Kuehr & Williams 2003). E-waste contains toxic chemicals such as arsenic and lead.
Re-use is the best way to recycle used ICT: Circular Computing, with its Circular Remanufacturing process, closes the loop on waste and extends the life of computers, creating positive environmental, economic and social impact on a micro and macro level. Circular Computing turns used ICT equipment into as-new, high quality products, extending their useful life cycle and allowing users’ satisfaction together with considerable savings.
One of the biggest challenges for switching to a sustainable future is the required cultural and behavioural change. Some even small changes in our daily habits can trigger relevant improvements on the global level. 86% of ocean debris is plastic: we have created an extra continent the size of France! Half a million cups are used every year: on average it is estimated that corporate employees use three plastic cups a day, causing harmful and long-lasting pollution. Think of the collective impact if we all recycled our plastic coffee cup or better still used a non-disposable one. The same reasoning applies for instance for the energy that can be saved by switching off monitors during lunch breaks.
GreenGoWeb, with its “Green Team Building” mobile app, turns saving energy and reducing your environmental impact into an amusing game. Set your goals, keep track of the energy you are saving in a fun and entertaining way and challenge your friends: who will achieve the highest sustainability scoring?
Visit ICTfootprint.eu website to register to their newsletter or to join the marketplace.
The EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC) jointly hosted the conference ‘Cities in transition – the role of digital in shaping our future cities’ on 25 January 2017. The event, held in the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brussels, brought together over 100 participants, including civil servants, smart city experts, delegates from the EU institutions and partners and representatives from the private sector.
The role of cities in the digital transition
The opening plenary session, moderated by Dorthe Nielsen, EUROCITIES policy director, enabled local politicians to share their ‘smart city’ visions and expectations of the recently-established Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition. This session included an exchange of views between the cities of Eindhoven, represented by Mary-Ann Schreurs, deputy mayor for innovation; Milan, represented by Roberta Cocco, alderman on digital transformation; Oulu, represented by Eero Halonen, chairman of the economic development board; and Rome, represented by Flavia Marzano, alderman on smart city and innovation. The discussion enabled participants to better understand cities’ priorities in this new urban partnership, especially with regards to data management issues, including the opening of data, data privacy and security, standards and interoperability of systems within as well as between cities.
Eddy Hartog, head of unit for smart mobility and living at European Commission DG CNECT, described the future solutions that need to be developed – including a one-stop-shop for cities – in order to improve multilevel collaboration on urban policies within the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).
Kaja Kallas (MEP, EST, ALDE) delivered a a keynote speech in plenary, during which she stressed the importance of the digital economy in Europe’s development.
What came out of the parallel sessions?
The political debate was followed by two parallel series of technical workshops. Each workshop addressed opportunities and challenges, examples from cities and open questions, and each delivered a small set of takeaway points and next steps for action. Posters have been designed for workshops’ moderators to write down key take-aways. They can all be consulted online by clicking on the links below.
- Workshop A – Data (Moderator: B. Rosseau, Ghent)
- Workshop B – eGovernment (Moderator: F. Bordelot, EUROCITIES)
- Workshop C – IoT and the future city (Moderator: A. Slatcher, Manchester)
- Workshop D – Standards (Moderator: C. Colinet, Bordeaux)
- Workshop E – Urban platforms (Moderator: G. Colclough, Urban DNA)
- Workshop F – Performance Measurement of smart city projects (N. Kontinakis, EUROCITIES)
- Workshop G – Connectivity (Moderator: S. Ingvarsson, Stokab, Stockholm)
- Workshop H – Procurement for innovation (Moderator: B. Zuiderent, Eindhoven)
Pictures of the day, including of the GDC Awards ceremony, are shared on Flickr (bit.ly/2kqnKj3).
The agenda of the conference is available at bit.ly/Agenda-CitiesInTransition.
The Connected Smart Cities Conference 2017 organised by OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities) took place on 12 January in Brussels. After a plenary session with high-level keynotes, among whom Mary-Ann Schreurs (Eindhoven’s vice-mayor for innovation) and Anna-Kaisa Ikonen (Mayor of Tampere), participants were invited to attend parallel sessions on various smart city-related topics.
In the morning, participants got the opportunity to attend four parallel workshops on ‘Innovation ecosystems’, ‘Market creation & policy issues’, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Platforms & data models’. In the afternoon, four other workshops were organised, respectively on ‘Cities by and for people’, ‘Assisted living & aging’, ‘Digital Water’ and ‘Standards for real-time urban services’.
Missed it? #CSCC2017 is online
The full programme of the day, including slides from the speakers, can be found on oascities.org website.
A recorded video-stream allows you to watch keynotes and the parallel sessions on ‘Innovative Ecosystems: Open innovation between small and large, public and private‘ and ‘Cities for and by People: co-creation, ethics and privacy’.
Finally, pictures and tweets of the day are available at this link: bit.ly/2jPW4CZ.
For more information: www.oascities.org
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.
2016 collection of GDC case-studies
The 2016 edition gathers 32 projects and actions, implemented in 22 cities. Innovative solutions either cross-domain or specifically related to buildings, energy, transport and e-participation are included. The pdf version of our 2016 catalogue is now available for download at this link: http://bit.ly/GDC–case-studies-2016.
Out of this publication, three projects have been awarded during the GDC 2016 Awards ceremony that took place in Brussels on 25 January 2017.
- Zaragoza (Zaragoza Citizen Card) is the winner of the GDC Award on ‘Citizen participation & impact on society’
- Lisbon (BESOS project) is the winner of the GDC Award ‘Creation of European added value’
- Rijeka (iURBAN pilot) is the winner of the GDC Award ‘Promoting open & interoperable solutions’
Is your city a GDC signatory and you are interested to visit one of the projects presented in the catalogue? Each city profile includes relevant web links and contact information to help you plan and organise your own work shadowing visit and learn from each other. We have prepared a practical guide (bit.ly/GDC-A-practical-guide-for-training-visits), in which you will find all the information you need. The annexed documents can be consulted at bit.ly/GDC-training-activities.
On 25 January 2017 at the occasion of the conference ‘Cities in Transition‘, the cities of Zaragoza, Lisbon and Rijeka were awarded for their innovative contributions to the objectives of the Green Digital Charter.
Carlos Alocen, Daniel Sarasa and Gerardo Lahuerta received the award on behalf of Zaragoza in this category, in recognition of the impact of the ‘Zaragoza Citizen Card’. This multi-purpose smart (RFID) card is part of Zaragoza’s collaborative approach to facilitate citizens’ access to public services. Runner-up cities for this category were Reykjavik (Better Reykjavik and My Neighbourhood) and Utrecht (Traffic Lights Hotline).
Lisbon’s integrated management system for energy efficiency developed under the FP7-funded BESOS project was recognised in the ‘European added-value’ category. Implemented in Lisbon and Barcelona, the project is a perfect example of how digital technologies can help in the global fight against climate change. The project’s coordinator, Francisco Goncalves, received the award on behalf of the city of Lisbon. Runner-up cities for this category were Bristol (REPLICATE) and Zagreb (Zagreb Energy Week).
Finally, Tatjana Perse from the city of Rijeka received the award on ‘Promoting open and interoperable solutions’ for the iURBAN smart Decision Support System (DSS) project. This integrated, multilevel and scalable tool has been designed for cities’ administration to critically analyse energy consumption patterns and increase energy efficiency in public buildings. Runner-up cities for this category were Amsterdam (Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods) and Valencia (Valencia Smart City Platform).
The jury was composed of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland), Peter Bosch (TNO, Netherlands), Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria), and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT).
In total, 21 projects, implemented in 14 cities, were submitted for this second edition of the GDC awards. All nominated projects represent the best in urban innovation – judge by yourself by leafing through our 2016 collection of case studies (bit.ly/GDC–case-studies-2016).
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Digital innovation is a driver of sustainable urban development all over the world. Approaches to becoming ‘smarter’ may differ, but open and interoperable solutions arguably play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of smart infrastructures.
Public authorities collect and produce reams of data, which can be used to design and deliver innovative services and applications. From a governance perspective, public data also has the potential to contribute to more transparency in municipalities’ urban planning. This is why open data strategies are at the core of smart city initiatives all over Europe.
The third GDC award category 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.
The three finalists are:
- Amsterdam region’s Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods (ODSN) project
- Rijeka’s iURBAN intelligent urban energy tool
- Valencia’s Smart City Platform
Amsterdam region’s ODSN project uses IT to achieve urban climate targets
Commissioned by the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and environment, the Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods (OSDN) project implements the IREEN roadmap, which was developed by Green IT Amsterdam under the FP7 funding programme between 2011 and 2013. This roadmap for energy-efficient neighbourhoods aims to promote the development of a comprehensive Europe-wide innovation strategy and the take-up of ICT-based energy efficiency solutions in urban districts and neighbourhoods.
The ODSN project builds on Amsterdam’s expertise and experience in open data management and in supporting new data-driven projects in five municipalities of the Amsterdam region, namely Haarlem, Tilburg, Zaanstad, Lelystad Airport Business Park, and Heerlen.
The project encourages the participants to learn about the benefits of open data and also about the challenges involved in monitoring, as well as in engaging and protecting the privacy of residents.
More information is available at at Green IT Amsterdam website.
Contact person: Jaak Vlasveld, director of Green IT Amsterdam: jvlasveld[at]greenitamsterdam.nl
Rijeka’s iURBAN: intelligent tool for an energy-efficient smart city
Just like all other local and regional authorities, the city of Rijeka must pay the energy bills of public buildings, such as schools, kindergartens, public libraries, and the city council itself.
An open access research book was published online in November 2016, just after the end of the project. Entitled iURBAN: Intelligent Urban Energy Tool, the book introduces this tool that integrates different ICT energy management systems (both hardware and software) in Rijeka) and Plovdiv. This system provides useful data to a novel decision support system needed for the development of associated business models.
The iURBAN smart Decision Support System (smartDSS) addresses a growing market demand for cheaper and cleaner energy services. It enables municipalities to analyse consumption patterns within buildings, detect sources of inefficiency, and identify power-hungry devices that weigh heavily on the municipality’s energy bill. It also helps building managers identify areas where investment is needed.
Interested to know more? Visit the iURBAN website at http://www.iurban-project.eu.
Contact person: Tatjana Perse, head of the city of Rijeka’s e-government unit: email@example.com
Valencia Smart City Platform (VLCi)
The Spanish city’s 2020 strategy emphasises innovation, sustainability and environmental quality; promotes entrepreneurship; foresees the emergence of a civic-minded political culture; and aims for the creation of spheres of excellence in promising sectors such as design, renewable energies, health, technology, and arts.
The Valencia Smart City Platform (VLCi) enables the municipality to efficiently manage its public services through the compilation and use of urban, citizenship and service management-related indicators. These enable the city to accurately measure urban behaviour and resources, and offer an integrated view of its operations and management. The indicators also enable Valencia to check itself against other similar cities and to improve its strategic and operational decision making processes over time.
By using some of the 600 indicators integrated in the VLCi platform, the municipality can also provide better services to its citizens. VLCi’s control panel display encourages the use of public open data by citizens, technicians and council officials for urban service management purposes.
To improve interoperability between its municipal services, Valencia has also developed an urban management platform based on FIWARE, an open standard recommended by the European Commission, which smart city developers use to ensure Internet of Things (IoT) compliance.
Further information is available at http://vlci.inndeavalencia.com (in English)
Contact person: Anna Melchor-Pérez, smart city specialist at Las Naves (previously InnDEA Valencia Foundation), Valencia city council: anna.melchor[at]inndeavalencia.com
A ‘smart city’ is a place where digital technologies translate into better public services for citizens, better use of resources and less impact on the environment. With this vision in mind, the EU has been investing in ICT research and innovation (in particular through its Horizon 2020 funding programme) and developing policies as well as partnerships, such as the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), to speed the deployment of innovative solutions.
Sixteen cross-domain projects are presented in our 2016 collection of case studies. Three of these have been shortlisted by our jury of experts, and one will win the 2016 GDC Award ‘Creation of European added-value’on 25 January.
The three shortlisted projects in this second category are:
- Bristol’s REPLICATE pilot
- Lisbon’s BESOS (Building Energy Decision Support Systems for Smart Cities) project
- Zagreb’s Energy Week
Bristol’s REPLICATE project engages citizens in achieving sustainable goals
In 2015, Bristol was the first UK city to receive the European Green Capital Award in recognition of its impressive investment plans for transports and energy, in particular renewables, by 2020.
Bristol is one of three lead cities (’lighthouses’) of REPLICATE (REnaissance of PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And Technology), an EU research and development project aiming to deploy integrated energy, mobility, and ICT solutions in city districts. Bristol has chosen the Ashely, Easton and Lawrence Hill neighbourhood partnership area as its target district.
Bristol’s approach focuses on citizens and addresses a broad range of socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by the city. First, its core innovation is the development of an energy demand management system that can holistically monitor and control energy use in 150 connected homes.
The city is developing a number of other projects and measures that would help increase energy efficiency, promote sustainable mobility, and encourage citizens to change their behaviour.
More information at http://replicate-project.eu/bristol/
Contact person: Luke Loveridge, programme manager: luke.loveridge[at]bristol.gov.uk
Lisbon’s BESOS project fosters public-private energy efficiency cooperation
Lisbon, capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in the world, is very active in European cooperation initiatives and smart city projects. A ‘lighthouse’ member of the Sharing Cities project, Lisbon’s smart city strategy has proved that bringing stakeholders together can provide considerable support for efforts to ensure the sustainability and replicability of solutions developed in pilot projects.
Between October 2013 and September 2016, the BESOS (Build Energy Decision Support Systems for Smart Cities) project developed an advanced, integrated energy management system.The project targeted two main groups of stakeholders: infrastructure owners (e.g. municipalities) and operators. This public-private partnership developed a trustworthy open platform, through which partners can share data and services among themselves, as well as with third-party applications.
These valuable data flows enable the design and development of higher-level applications capable of processing data in real timeand feeding analysed data analysis to the city’s energy services.
Lisbon and Barcelona have already tested the BESOS approach.
More information at http://besos-project.eu/
Contact person: Francisco Gonçalves, project coordinator, franciscogoncalves[a]lisboaenova.org
Zagreb Energy Week: “Development we don’t want to stop but pollution we can”
Over the past seven years, Zagreb Energy Week has become of the city’s flagship events. Held in the month of May under the slogan ‘Development we don’t want to stop but pollution we can’, the organisers call for joint actions that contribute to the implementation of sustainable urban development projects and the preservation of natural resources for future generations.
Financed by the city budget, Zagreb Energy Week is jam-packed with conferences, expert meetings, open-door days, seminars, classes, and workshops dedicated to energy and the environment. These activities allow for rich dialogue and interaction among the experts, and raise citizens’ concern about the environment.
Contact persons: Vlatka Samarinec and Maja Sunjic, expert advisors: vlatka.samarinec[at]zagreb.hr and maja.sunjic[at]zagreb.hr