The Green Digital Charter is a declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It therefore promotes progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

In addition to a range of statements and aims, the Charter entails three specific commitments:

  • to work with Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT & energy efficiency
  • to deploy five large-scale ICT for energy efficiency pilots per city within 5 years from the signature
  • to decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within 10 years from the signature

Previously supported by the project ‘NiCE’ – Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency, starting from March 2015 the Green Digital Charter is supported by the a new project called ‘GuiDanCe’, coordinated by EUROCITIES and co-financed by the European Union funding programme Horizon2020.


The current text of the Green Digital Charter was created in 2009 and took its current form in 2011, thus it does not reflect the technological tends of the last 2-3 years. The text will need to be updated in order to reflect current policy and technology trends and bring the GDC closer to the structure and objectives of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart City and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the recent policy development of the “Digital Agenda Strategy”.

Any changes to the text of the Green Digital Charter have to come through a highly participatory process.

EUROCITIES is looking for an external expert (organisation or individual).

The external expert needs to have a well established background that relates to the Green Digital Charter and will offer independent expertise regarding the technical, scientific and business aspects of GDC.

One meeting between the external expert and EUR are foreseen during the project implementation, to be held in conjunction with other meetings or training events when possible.

The mandate of the external expert organisation will be to:

  • Offer specific expertise on key issues related to the and more specifically the update of the GDC and its alignment with current initiatives like the EIP-SCC, the SCS platform, the projects under HORIZON2020-SCC1-4 calls, etc.;
  • Cooperate with other independent experts and city practitioners to offer better input to the GDC update process;
  • Support the project‘s dissemination activities.

An indicative time schedule of the activities of the external experts:


Project month/Calendar month (4)June 2015 (5 – 7)July- September 2015 (9)November 2015 (11)December 2016
Task activity Meeting with EUR in Brussels External expert cooperates with experts and cities
Requested input from external expert Proposal for updated GDC
Relevant project result Updated GDC draft 1 Updated GDC final draft Updated GDC finalised



–       Deadline for receiving quotes: 5 June 2015

–       Awarding of the contract: 9 June 2015

–       Ad hoc support throughout the duration of the project until February 2016, as detailed in the work description.



The external expert will be selected on the basis of a set of criteria:

• Willingness and ability to perform the aforementioned tasks in time and on budget

• Previous experience of working for and with “Green Digital” EU policies, preferably the Green Digital Charter.

• Previous experience of working with EUROCITIES

• Reputation of the external expert to the European cities and smart city stakeholders

• Quality and experience of (at least one) senior expert that will undertake the aforementioned tasks (in case of an organisation).


The contract will be awarded to the expert/company among the pre-selected ones that provides the best offer in terms of value for money.


Each offer should be in EUR and should include:

  • the net value of the service in EUR;
  • description of expertise in relation to the field of work;
  • CVs of the staff working on the task.

Interested experts/companies should be able to work to the timeline above.

The net value of provided service and the VAT value should be clearly indicated in the offer.

The experts/companies from outside Belgium should convert offers in national currency into EUR according to the rate established by the European Commission for June 2015. Please use the EC official website: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/inforeuro/index.cfm (the rate for each month is published the first working day of this month).

Furthermore, the experts/companies from outside Belgium should take into account that in case of inter-community services, the VAT is due in the country of the customer.


The budget available for this call is 10.000 Euros (including VAT).


If you have any questions about this call, please contact Nikolaos Kontinakis nikolaos.kontinakis@eurocities.eu or 02 552 0846.