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Purpose & Scope
The ICTFOOTPRINT.eu final event is thought of to consider as both a policy-oriented event, to showcase the results of the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu final policy roadmap deliverable as well as a chance to showcase all of the results achieved during the 36-month duration of the project. Based on the collaboration with AGIT for the workshop in Paris as well as the workshop in Amsterdam a global setting on discussing ICT Green issues is timely.
The day will also bring out insights around providing sound recommendations for energy-efficient ICT digital services that will contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The study should analyse and propose future research priorities, ways to implement green public procurement of digital services also including data centres, and ways to stimulate the provisioning of eco-friendly cloud services. The latter is linked to a new study opened by the EC DG Connect Software & Services unit  that aims to have a study on energy-efficient cloud computing technologies & policies for an eco-friendly cloud market. The results of our day could contribute to supporting this study.
The day will be a chance to peruse the assets of ICTFOOTPRINT namely:
- Policy Action Plan & ICTFOOTPRINT.eu sustainability roadmap
- Self-Assessment Tool for Organisations (SAT-O) & Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S)
- Marketplace Sellers
- Success Stories
- Map of ICT Methodologies
- ICTFOOTPRINTeu Light Certification Scheme
Who should attend?
Innovators, ICT intensive SMEs wishing to become Green ICT friendly, Public administrations researchers, larger organisations policy makers and funding agencies looking to assess future priorities and challenges in Green ICT.
Participants will find out what Green ICT is all about and gain valuable insights on current research priorities and potential opportunities in the area of ICT energy efficiency and sustainability. The event will bring together a reputable group of expert opinion leaders who are knowledgeable about IT resource efficiency and green ICT, and a heterogeneous audience providing the perfect occasion for networking and to share experiences. Best practices and innovative solutions will be showcased completing the offerings of the final event. From the event, you can:
- Develop your organisation’s Green ICT assessment with our ICTFOOTPRINTeu Light Certification Scheme;
- Grab the opportunity to become a member on our ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace as a buyer or seller and become part of our green ICT growing community
- Gain a whole new understanding of why Green ICT should become your priority & how it can be affordable for SMEs;
- Learn about tools and products on the market in Europe today that are providing Green ICT products.
- Contribute to the Policy Dialogue around Green IT & ICT.
The Agenda (Draft)
|Thursday, 17th January 2019|
|09:00-10:30||Registration & keynote presentation at OASC Opening Plenary||OASC Plenary Speakers|
|10:30-11:00||Networking Coffee – in synchronisation with OASC networking||–|
|11:00-11:15||Welcome & ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Main Achievements||Silvana Muscella – ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project coordinator & Trust-IT Services CEO|
|11:15-11:30||TBD||Svetoslav Mihaylov – European Commission Project Officer H5 of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu|
|11:30-11:45||EUROCITIES & The Green Digital Charter||TBC|
|11:45-12:00||Key insights from ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Policy Action Plan & Sustainability Roadmap||Frédéric Croison, Deloitte Sustainability|
|12:00-12:20||#Europematters report “Europe 2030 – Towards a renewed European social contract|
|12:20-12:30||OASC & Green IT||TBD – OASC representative|
|12:30-13:30||Networking Lunch – in synchronisation with OASC networking||–|
|13:30-14:30||Panel Discussion 1||– David Wallom, Oxford e-Research Centre
TBD (Panellists & Moderator)
|14:35-15:35||Panel Discussion 2||TBD (Panellists)|
|15:45-16:00||Wrap-up & Conclusions||TBD|
Venue & Pratical Info
The event will take place at The Egg Brussels (Rue Bara, 175 – 1070 Brussels), situated in the heart of Europe’s capital city in walking distance from the South Station (SNCB, Thalys, Eurostar). We will welcome you at the lobby, at which time you will present your ID to the front desk staff to receive your visitor badge.
The EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network) initiative analyses and communicates sub-hourly electricity, gas and water meter data to identify waste and savings opportunities, reduce consumption and save money. The initiative is aimed at public authorities’ decision makers, energy managers and building users.
A data analysis platform is providing a real-time overview of current consumption data in public buildings. The so-called dashboard is suitable for both beginners and professional users. The use of smileys helps building users immediately understand where energy, water or gas consumption is particularly high while detailed data sets help professionals improve the municipal energy controlling. The aim is to support public authorities with intelligent energy and water meter data so that they can act quickly and decisively.
Schools in Leicester, UK have been using the EDI-net approach as a way of understanding and monitoring their energy use in a quick and easy format. The smiley faces have been an outstanding way to engage the whole school community (even including the 3 year olds!). The schools have become very competitive to appear in the top 10 of the league tables which has meant lots of positive behaviour change taking place. Many of these schools are working towards their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award and the EDI-net dashboard has been a really useful tool for the monitoring and evaluating step for their energy topic. The tools have also been used in their communication by putting their smiley faces and data on their newsletters, noticeboards and social media accounts.
The 10th in the series of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinars provided an informative overview on how green policies, green labels and infrastructure virtualization can have a positive impact in decreasing ICT energy consumption in SMEs. By being environment friendly, companies can save money at the same time, thanks to a more efficient use of ICT. It is imperative that Green Policies provide environmental parameters to reduce the carbon impact of business operations and promote sustainable development within the organization.
Proactive policy on energy transition – a Green IT roadmap for municipalities
Matthieu Clavier (Coordinator & formerly ICT Technical Architecture Officer at Nantes Métropole) presented on how the Nantes Métropole area decreased its IT energy consumption over the past years, thanks to the their Green IT roadmap, a document that describes this ambition.
The public structure manages IT services for numerous activities with over 400 software applications and numerous servers and IT equipment for more 7,000 users. Numerous opportunities were identified to improve IT efficiency, particularly over the past 4 years, to drastically decrease IT energy consumption and involve all local players on the territory. The Roadmap had contribution from green IT players based in Métropole area, namely from GREENSPECTOR and EasyVirt, both sustainable sellers registered in ICTFOOTPRINT.eu green IT marketplace.
How did Nantes Métropole decrease their IT energy consumption? Firstly, a place to share good practices was created. This way, members of the region could share their good practices on how they got competitive advantages thanks to green IT.
Secondly, an energy audit was performed to first diagnose the priority improvement areas and then define a work plan towards energy consumption reduction. Last but not least, the third action was the definition of a Purchase Policy with Green IT criteria. Now, the IT purchasing chief officer needs to be aware of energy issues in IT equipment and take into consideration green IT decisions in his global IT strategy. In case of Nantes Métropole, thanks to green IT purchase policies, the region is reducing their IT energy consumption. By 2020, they are expecting to save 100.000 kWh annually, compared to the energy consumption registered in 2015.
Focusing on datacenters, Métropole region automatically removed unused virtual servers (over 100 of 700 servers), saving about 9.000 kWh per year. Plus, they optimized datacenter air cooling from 19°C to 23°C, to decrease the energy costs of cooling data centers, without comprising their performance. Regarding office hardware, printers and copiers were configurated to print on both sides of the paper (this saved around 14.000 reams of paper) and 5.000 workstations now switch to standby mode after 3 hours of activity.
To go even deeper in its green IT journey, Nantes Métropole created the “Eco Energetic Audit”, a mobile city application that allows citizens to easily detect a source of large energy consumption which affects the lifetime of the battery of the user and also give global savings.
Green Code Label – certifying digital services as “Green IT”
Thierry Leboucq (Chairman at GREENSPECTOR), presented the Green Code Label, a label recently obtained by Nantes Métropole website. The Greencode label is a label for sustainable web introduced by Green Code Lab, a French association to help people in digital companies and jobs to provide their digital services using eco-design.
Briefly, the Green Code Label is a 32-rule repository, with 3 levels of labels (gold, silver, bronze), where users can self-assess their own website. The perimeters considered in the label consider the effectiveness of the server code, the low use of databases, the optimization of network transfers, the effectiveness of the customer code, the relevance and sobriety of the presentation of the content. Some examples of criteria that are consider in the assessment are: stop processing when the webpage is not being visualized by the user, optimization of videos and images, homepage energy consumption, amongst others.
When Nantes Métropole website, first performed the first Green Code Label assessment, it was classified as “bronze” and as “F” regarding energy consumption (from A-G scale, A being the most energy efficient). Thanks to the Eco-Design procedures applied in the homepage, the Nantes Métropole website was classified as “Gold”
How do we reduce the use of resources while improving performance and decreasing cost?
Martin (CEO at EasyVirt), demonstrated why virtualization is a relevant action to improve sustainability of IT equipment. Having fewer physical servers and having to rely on virtual machines (VM) allows lower levels of energy consumption. However, there is a rebound effect. VM are practical and easy to install, but, a high number of VM are installed, a new physical server needs to be bought, to bear with the huge amount of VM. Plus, for each 100W used by VM, only 2.5W represent useful computing power. It is crucial that VM energy consumption is optimized. EasyVirt developed a software to optimize the VMs, called DC Scope, a monitoring tool that makes it easy to control and optimize VM, transforming them into more efficient machines due to less waste at the sources.
Both the video and the PowerPoint presentations are available on the webinar page
Download the webinar’s report
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ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is proud to announce that it was made a member of the IFGICT: International Federation of Global & Green Information Communication Technology this week in recognition of its endeavours to favour the uptake of green technology in ICT.
IFGIT is a not for profit registered federation in the US and shortlisted by UNFCCC – CDM (United Nations United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Clean Development Mechanism) as a Certified Service Provider for the provision of consultancy, training and implementation of efficient technology in the information and communication technology sector. IFGIT’s vision is to award internationally recognized, credentials of excellence for ICT and business technology development world-wide, through standardization, accreditation and validation of training and professional development services.
As IFGIT is a US organization, this is a positive sign that ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is not only grabbing attention for its commitment to promoting green ICT policy and technology from stakeholders in Europe. but on the other side of the Atlantic too!
May a fruitful collaboration ensue.
URBAN-EU-CHINA is proud to present its report on Matching Cities, right now exclusively here on http://www.urban-eu-china.eu. If you are interested in sustainable urbanisation, EU-China collaboration and city-to-city cooperation, this is a must read for you!
The Cooperation Plans and Guidelines report outlines the results of joint activities between European and Chinese cities. It talks about the process of selecting, facilitating and documenting the matching of European and Chinese cities and how they create joint urban sustainability projects. It includes guidelines for cooperation and alignment between matched cities, as well as inspiration for new initiatives.
To view and/or download the report, please press here!
REMOURBAN is an EU funded Smart City project – with Nottingham (UK), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi (Turkey) at its focus. The goal of the project is to develop a sustainable urban regeneration model that involves a set of concrete measures to help cities increase their resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of their urban transport, and drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Here, you can find the website of the project REMOURBAN: http://www.remourban.eu/
The REMOURBAN Lighthouse project, which started almost four years ago, has produced some useful documents that could be of interest for your own smart city strategy and implementation. Those documents cover areas such as retrofitting (i.e. Energysprong / Integrated Retrofitting of Homes), e-mobility (i.e. Charging Management Device / Last Mile Delivery), and energy (i.e Optimisation of Existing District Heating and Cooling / Low Temperature District Heating, BIPV, Storage and Smart Grid Management).
In case one or more Information packs are interesting to you (need for further information, Expression of Interest, further discussions required, potential cooperation, potential partnership) please do not hesitate to contact the organisation and persons responsible for this respective information packs.
You can find the information packs here: http://www.remourban.eu/technical-insights/infopacks/
Please find among the documents:
– the project brochure
The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is launching its podcast channel! From now on, Anthony Colclough from EUROCITIES will inform you on a monthly basis about different smart city related topics. In Urban Reverb, he will interview anyone who is either directly involved in smart city projects (such as politicians and engineers) or who is somehow affected by the outccomes of innovative and smart solutions (such as tenants).
Jump on the first episode and listen experts from Amsterdam, Utrecht and Helsinki explaining what ‘bidirectional chargers‘ are, or why ‘vehicle to grid‘ is the future of mobility in town.
SCIS podcast channel : https://www.smartcities-infosystem.eu/newsroom/podcasts
In January 2018, the Green Digital Charter organised the 2017 GDC Award competition recognising the three most innovative projects implemented in one of the 53 signatories of the Charter.
Among them, Dublin’s iSCAPE project, aimed at improving smart control of air pollution in Europe. In order to more efficiently reduce the impact of air pollution, iSCAPE comes out with a mixed approach focusing on 1) the use of ‘passive control systems’ in urban spaces, 2) policy interventions and 3) behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle.
Curious to know more about it? Meet the project’s team in Brussels at the occasion of the Green Week in one of several events listed below :
- Tue. 22 May : Partner event on ‘climate-intelligent city (eco)design: the benefits of urban climate services’
- Thu. 24 May (09:30-11:00) : Session on ‘Air quality in cities; solutions and synergies with Climate Action’
- Fri. 25 May : Partner event on ‘involving citizens in air quality monitoring through Citizen Science initiatives’
iSCAPE will also be among the 20 stands exhibiting during the 3 days of the Green Week Brussels (venue: BluePoint) and will be showcasing its citizens game in the tool room, a special area dedicated to demonstrating various existing tools and platforms helping cities develop in a sustainable way.
This article was originally published on www.governmenteuropa.eu
Always at the forefront of innovation, Milton Keynes is the newest, fastest growing city in the UK, offering excellent employment diversity and activity. The Knowledge Media Institute (KMI) at the Open University is a data science research and development lab. Alan Fletcher, business development manager at KMI, explains how the MK:Smart project continues to shape the future of Milton Keynes.
Founded in 2014, MK:Smart was funded partly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), whilst the remainder of funding came from partners. MK has benefitted immensely from the vision of the local authority. MK Council have a Director of Strategy and Future, Geoff Snelson, who has been instrumental in ensuring that the city brings together government, academia, industry and citizens to help shape the future of ML.
Mobility of the future
Smart activities developed and implemented in MK first relate to mobility. It was in MK that the first fully electric bus route was built in the UK, using wireless induction loop charging in the road. MK was also the first city to have a fully dedicated non-road-based network (of over 270 km) for cycling and walking, called the ‘redways’. The £20m UK Autodrive project is running the UK’s most significant trials of autonomous transport, including a a city-scale network of artifical intelligence (AI)-enabled video sensors helping to learn about traffic movement and prediction, a fully-equipped electric vehicle (EV) showroom with long-term user test drive programmes, and a large network of EV charging infrastructure.
MK Data Hub
MK:Smart was designed to help the understanding and interoperability of projects and demonstrators in the fields of transport, energy, water, business and citizen engagement. The MK Data Hub is more about creating a network which enables the interconnected parts to talk to each other and to increase the understanding they have of one another. The MK Data Hub creates an architecture which allows for further investigation, experimentation and research, in order to understand the benefits which may not be apparent in the individual projects.
MK:Smart’s education programme
The education work stream within the MK:Smart project resulted in the creation of the globally accessible Smart City MOOC, hosted on the FutureLearn platform, and engagement with local schools to create Urban Data Schools, exploring the purpose and use of data in city scenarios.
Milton Keynes continues to build on the success of MK:Smart, developing a network of people and organisations, alongside the technical and physical architecture – computing and data – in order to create other kinds of education-focused activities. For example, The Open University is part of the Institute of Coding, a UK national initiative to develop new skills in a changing digital economy, as well as engaging in knowledge exchange activities with citizens, business and government.
Community mobilisers from the charity Community Action: ML are accumulation grass roots intelligence, actively going out and talking to people across the city, seeking their opinions and working to identify problems.
An online platform called Our MK was designed to allow people to submit suggestions about the future of Milton Keynes. Through this platform, some ideas received funds, such as citizen-based experiments for small-scale solar panels for 12v lighting in houses.
Read the full article at https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/mksmart-smart-future-milton-keynes/87402/.
Shortlisted cities for the 2020 European Green Capital Award (ECGA) have been announced: Ghent and Lisbon, two out of three runners-up have signed the Green Digital Charter, asserting a political commitment to use digital technologies to improve quality of life in cities.
SAVE-THE-DATE : on Thursday 21 June 2018, winners of the 2020 EGCA will be announced in Nijmegen. The ceremony will be live-streamed. Keep an eye on the ECGA website (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/) and social media channel (@EU_GreenCapital)
Together with the European Commission’s iCapital team, EUROCITIES is organising a webinar to inform and discuss about the European Capital of Innovation Award – also known as iCapital. The contest rewards the European cities which have better demonstrated their ability to take advantage of innovative to enhance of citizens.
26 April 2018, from 14:00 to 15:00
Objectives of the webinar are :
- Present rational and dynamics of the 2018 iCapital award
- Listen to previous iCapital prize winners about their journey to success, including their motivation to apply, how they approached the contest criteria as well as practical tips and tricks
- Open the floor for questions
Visit EUROCITIES website: http://bit.ly/2vv86d7
The contest will award €1 million to the city named European Innovation Capital of the year. Each one of the five runner-up cities will receive €100,000.
The iCapital award is open to cities with a population above 100,000 inhabitants. In countries where there are no such city, the biggest city is eligible.
Deadline for application: 21 June 2018
More information on the European Commission website
For the first time in its history, the ICF Global Summit will be taking place in London, 4-6 June 2018, and EUROCITIES was invited to become one of the event partners.
ICF, together with NextGen, is looking forward to welcoming mayors, civic leaders, CIOs and industry representatives from around the world to an iconic city for this unique event. The annual theme is ‘Humanising Data’, which will tackle various topics related to the big data, open data and their contributions to the humanity.
Three full days of inspiring speeches and presentations of practical case studies will be provided in addition to the following key events:
- Urban and Rural Master Classes teaching development strategies based on information and communications technology
- Economic Development Matchmaking for public and private-sector organizations seeking new opportunities.
- Top7 Intelligent Communities Reception, honoring the finalists for the Intelligent Community Awards
- Top7 Conversations with the mayors and administrative leaders of our finalists
- Intelligent Community Awards Dinner, where one of the Top7 is named Intelligent Community of the Year
Join EUROCITIES to debate over the impact of big data and open data on Humanity.
- Tue. 5 June, 14:00 – “Who cares about open data?”
- wed. 6 June, 16:00 – “What does Humanizing data require of us?”
You can find the full program of the ICF Global Summit here:
EUROCITIES members can benefit from a preferential rate. Register by using the code EUROCITIES at the following link.
We are looking forward to meeting many of you in London this June!
In January, city representatives and experts gathered to discuss how to build smarter cities that work for all their residents at the ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ conference co-organised by the Green Digital Charter (GDC) and the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF).
This was the first gathering of a series of ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ events, launched by EUROCITIES for 2018, an occasion to take an in-depth look at EUROCITIES’ vision, priorities and actions.
At the conference, participants brought their local experiences in working for a better urban future through the use of ICT and digital technologies, in particular related to environmental challenges and the future of work.
Speakers, workshops’ moderators and city representatives share their views in a series of individual interviews available on our YouTube channel : http://bit.ly/2tTGUUG.
This video gives a summary of the main topics treated at the ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ conference:
Two years after the first implementation monitoring document, a new report on the progress made by GDC signatories towards their commitments to the Charter has been published.
The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a political declaration committing cities to use digital technologies to meet their carbon emission reduction targets, and contribute to the fight against climate change while improving governance.
Based on evidence collected through a survey and interviews held with data officers and smart city project managers, this document builds on peer-learning activities and case-studies submitted from 38 different cities in order to provide an analysis of the situations in European cities involved in the activities of the project for the period 2016-2018.
The report is divided into four sections :
- Policy trends and development
- Cities co-create
- Cities innovate
- Cities measure
The findings confirm the trends tackled in the previous report, and highlight challenges encountered by cities: financing, progress measurement, administration’s internal working culture and staff skills, data management as well as the difficulty to deal with the great variety of standards on the market.
Overall, the cities are keen to improve sharing experiences and best practices, and opening up knowledge gained through concrete measures. This report intends to feed this collective effort for mutual learning and strengthen collaboration between European cities.
Flip the book online at http://anyflip.com/zerr/xjwy/ or directly below
The full report can also be downloaded at GDC Monitoring 2018 Web
- Nikolaos Kontinakis, GuiDanCe project coordinator, Nikolaos.Kontinakis[at]eurocities.eu
- Rebecca Portail, GuiDanCe project support officer, Rebecca.Portail[at]eurocities.eu
The role of local authorities in enabling participatory budgeting practices and projects
The practical organisation of a participatory budgeting activity in an urban context requires specific skills and resources for setting and coordinating a public consultation that involves thousands of participants. Managing a Participatory Budgeting process is a complex task that requires scientific and technical resources that administrative offices are not always equipped with – particularly when the scale of the engaged public authority is small. For this reason many cities delegate Participatory Budgeting processes to third parties, such as sub-contractors and providers of services, resulting in significant consequences on the overall political and financial balance of the whole process.
The complexity of managing Participatory Budgeting processes has increased in recent years as a result of growing digitization phenomena. While on one hand the aforesaid simplifies Public Administrations’ internal management procedures, it also encourages resorting to third parties for acquiring new sets of specialised skills and services.
Knowledgeable scholars will guide us through:
- The definition of theoretical management models for PB
- The analysis of main costs and services associated to the delivery of a PB process
- The description of potential contractual models and insights into the configuration of relations between public authorities and third parties
- The analysis of the possible issues related to the externalisation of PB management
- The role of supra-local institutions in activating and consolidating local processes
- This webinar will analyse existing models for managing Participatory Budgeting processes.
A detailed agenda will successively be circulated to all participants.
February 2018 saw the end of the GuiDanCe project, a H2020 support action for EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter initiative. The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a political declaration, committing 53 European cities to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to tackle climate change and improve quality of life in cities.
For three years, GuiDanCe supported the effort of signatory cities to implement policies and projects as part of their commitment to the Charter. From peer-learning to the exchange of best practices, high-profile promotion events and a variety of publications, GuiDanCe activities were designed to promote collaboration among cities in promoting the use of digital solutions to improve energy efficiency, reduce cities’ overall carbon footprint through innovative public services and involve the citizens in the making of future cities.
One of the GuiDanCe objectives was dedicated to building cities’ capabilities and empowering local administrations to face the technological and societal challenges associated with digitalisation and the implementation of their digital and smart city strategies.
Different formats were adopted:
- onsite technical trainings (e.g. GDPR Training – 22 Jan)
- webinars (GDC – Webinars – 2017)
- ‘work-shadowing’ visits which enabled city data experts to learn from concrete measures implemented in another signatory city (Work Shadowing visit in Edinburgh – 30-31 May and GuiDanCe – Bratislava visits Reykjavik).
Lessons learnt and recommendations produced throughout the training process resulted in the publication of a guidebook on ‘peer-to-peer learning for cities’ (GDC guidebook Peer-to-peer learning for cities).
Raising cities’ voice
Giving voice to the GDC signatories and how they design and implement smart city projects was another objective of the project. GuiDanCe ensured that concrete developments in signatory cities were widely shared through its active participation in:
- Europe’s largest gatherings (GuiDanCe – CEBIT – 2017 and GuiDanCe – Barcelona SCEWC 2017)
- its own conferences (Cities in Transition & 2017 GDC Awards Ceremony and Imagine the Urban Future & 2018 Awards ceremony)
- and a series of videos and interviews (GDC videos)
Publications such as the three annual collections of GDC case-studies (GDC 2017 case studies) and the two GDC monitoring reports (GuiDanCe 2017 monitoring report) validate the evolution of European cities towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
For more information, contact:
Nikolaos Kontinakis, GuiDanCe project coordinator at Nikolaos.Kontinakis[at]eurocities.eu
Throughout the whole duration of the GuiDanCe project, both physical and online training activities were organised to support signatory cities in overcoming implementation barriers and challenges encountered at the local level. A publication was prepared to report in a simple but efficient way on the achievements and lessons learnt.
Peer-to-peer learning is an excellent instrument for improving the implementation of cities’ policies and strategies. It is based on the idea that people who work on similar issues and have similar roles and working background in their cities can share experiences and learn from each other. ‘Peers’ share a common understanding of and interest in implementing smart and digital projects and policies. In many ways, they ways similar challenges, need to find solutions to similar problems and look for corresponding solutions, projects and alliances.
Untitled ‘Peer-to-peer learning for cities’, GDC guidebook presents six methods of training and peer-to-peer learning, each one with its own strengths and advantages. For each method, the publication explains the format, objectives and different steps to follow for organising a successful training event. Examples from GuiDanCe training activities are there to illustrate all approaches.
Read the guidebook : GDC Training guidebook web
or browse it directly below
Contact person : Nikolaos Kontinakis, GuiDanCe project coordinator, Nikolaos.Kontinakis[at]eurocities.eu
Where: Amsterdam, TQ Amsterdam
Getting to grisps on what is ‘Green ICT’ is not an easy task, but the concept of Green ICT touches all our lives and brings together two relevant themes concerning the present and future world : technology and the environment. Nevertheless, just as many other things we do every day, ICT has an environmental impact: so far, the global ICT industry accounts for approximately 2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions, a figure equivalent to aviation.
The European public sector, including city authorities, have a role to play in the emergence of an environmentally-friendly ICT sector.
REGISTER HERE : http://bit.ly/2GD8mY3
Amsterdam kicks-off a series of European workshops
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is organising a series of hands-on workshops across Europe to raise awaraness on Green ICT, for organisations to engage with tools and services increasing energy efficiency and for policy makers to introduce actions as part of their agenda to build a more sustainable world.
The first workshop will take place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 20 March 2018 (venue still to be confirmed). The half-day (stimulating yet intensive) workshop will be divided into three different parts, touching upon :
- Policy and public administration interventions on public policies and programmes
- Best practices from SMEs and reputable tools and services available to help organisations improve their energy efficiency
- An interactive training session and testing of the new Self-Assessment Tool for Organisations (SAT-O) already accessible online at http://sat-o.ictfootprint.eu/
Main Take-aways for the audience
- Learn about tools and products on the market in Europe today that are providing Green ICT products;
- Develop your organisation’s Green ICT assessment during the hands-on session with our SAT-O;
- Grab the opportunity to become a member on our ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace as a buyer or seller and become part of our green ICT growing community
- Gain a whole new understanding of why Green ICT should become your priority & how it can be affordable for SMEs.
On Tuesday 30 January 2018, two GIS experts from the city of Bratislava were crossing the corridors of different buildings of the municipality of Reykjavik. Their presence in the premises of the Icelandic capital’s administration was related to a peer-learning visit organised under the Green Digital Charter initiative.
Focus of this second GDC work-shadowing visit was on citizen participation in local decision-making and how ICT can support democratic deliberation and participatory budgeting.
Reykjavik was awarded runner-up for the GDC 2016 Award in the category ‘citizen participation & impact on society’ [more info].
The project has also been presented in the course of a webinar [watch the recording here].
On the agenda
In the morning, visitors were welcomed with an introduction and overview of public participation projects in Reykjavik, followed by a detailed presentation of the processes, design and executions of projects under the umbrella of ‘My Neighbourhood‘ participatory budgeting project, managed by the non-for-profit Citizens Foundation. The afternoon was dedicated to the implementation of projects with citizens, service centres, neighbourhood councils. An additional meeting was organised on the following day to deepen some topics.
Spotted by Bratislava in the 2016 edition of GDC case-studies, ‘Better Reykjavik‘ is an online consultation platform connecting the city administration with its citizens. Learning from Reykjavik’s participatory budgeting tool was seen as an opportunity for Bratislava to better connect with its citizens, in particular when managing green areas and transportations, road services and city planning.
As from May 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect and impact all EU cities, asked to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) and to implement a series of new rules and practices. Sharing good practices related to the implementation of the GDPR has been identified as a priority in the frame of the Data Working Group of EUROCITIES’ Knowledge Society Forum.
More information on https://www.eugdpr.org/
To support GDC signatory cities and KSF member cities in understanding the implication of the new privacy rules in the EU, the GuiDanCe project,supporting the implementation of the Charter for the period 2015-2018, organised a technical workshop untited ‘the GDPR demystified‘ on Monday 22 January 2018 in Brussels. [see the call for participation here]
This training was designed to help cities’ data experts to understand the concepts and processes necessary for the data management chain within a city administration to deal with citizens’ privacy while delivering smart services.
The workshop was delivered by Antonio Kung (chair of the EIP-SCC initiative ‘citizen approach to data: privacy-by-design) and Antony Page (GDPR lead for the H2020 Smart Cities & Communities project Sharing Cities).
21 participants from 13 cities learned how to conduct a privacy impact assessment (P.I.A) based on four specific and concrete use-cases presented by four volunteering cities:
- A specific application (smart energy sensors in social housing) by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London;
- A specific application (using non-motorised traffic metrics for optimizing traffic flow, by the city of Eindhoven;
- The general case of open data, by the city of Espoo;
- The general case of building a roadmap for GDPR compliance, by the city of Barcelona.
Among the observations and recommendations produced by the session: the need for trusted party audit – the challenge of handing consent for collecting personal data before the anonymisation process – the linkability issue of collected dataset with other datasets – the impact on city administration…
Read more in the executive-summary_GuiDanCe GDPR training January 22 2018 Bruxelles
Do you want to calculate the environmental impact of your digital service with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies? Join ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 8th webinar untitled ‘How to ecodesign digital services? Focus on the GreenConcept project‘ and learn how companies can handle together digital transformation and environmental performances.
Duration : one-hour (free attendance)
28 February 2018 at 12:00 CET (Brussels time)
- Caroline Vateau (Senior Consultant at NEUTREO and General Secretary of Alliance Green IT) and Damien Prunel (Ecodesign Consultant at Bureau Veritas) CODDE will explain the method of how to ecodesign a digital service based on the white paper from Alliance Green IT
- Christophe Fernique, in charge of the environmental issues at the Occitanie Chamber of Commerce, will explain in detail the GreenConcept project from the origin to the first results.
- Sebastien Bernis (CEO of BSWEB – webmarketing appliance) and Valentin Girard (Specialist in embedded systems and RFID technology at ELA INNOVATION – IOT based appliance), will both share their experiences on the GreenConcept project.
More information on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website.
Are the cities of the future to be a series of opal blue utopias, or streets of bent necked citizens crouching over screens?
At ‘Imagine the Urban Future’, the Green Digital Charter (GDC) and Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) joint conference held on 23 January, cities and experts gathered to discuss how they could build smarter cities that work for all their residents. How can leaders best mediate the dual tasks of moving their cities forward while ensuring that they are travelling in the right direction?
— ENoLL (@openlivinglabs) January 23, 2018
Putting the you in utopia
In her welcome speech, Eindhoven’s vice-mayor for innovation and KSF chair, Mary-Ann Schreurs stressed that tech innovation should never be for its own sake, but rather be centred around the citizen, “Let’s put the good life first, let’s put society first, let’s put technology in service of that.”
Anna-Lisa Boni, secretary general of EUROCITIES, suggested that we need open dialogue about the kinds of algorithms our technology will employ, so that citizens can have access to these otherwise opaque systems.
When used right, technology can be a major aid to democratic governance. Daniela Patti, managing director at Eutropian, pointed to the capacity of e-governance systems to increase the diversity of the people that governments connect to. As in Madrid’s Participa LAB, techniques like participatory budgeting and crowdsourcing regulation can put citizens in the driver seat of their cities. Indeed, as Peter Baeck, head of collaborative economy research at Nesta, pointed out, crowdfunding now accounts for 60% of the funding for start ups in the UK. If similar mechanisms can be set up at government level, high uptake can be expected.
Highlights from @GDCharter @EUROCITIEStweet #KSFcities event in #Brussels: thoughtful, productive and informed discussions. Feeling hopeful for the future of European cities… pic.twitter.com/sHx6i60VPI
— Jessica Symons (@Jessicasymons) January 24, 2018
Tech must work for people
Nevertheless, Mr Baeck also warned that cities risk not preparing their residents sufficiently for the technological tidal wave that may be swelling before us. How can cities help the potentially huge numbers of people whose jobs are soon to be automated? Local governments must provide training for people that enables them to switch professions.
Claire Courteille, director of the International Labour Organisation Brussels office, confirmed that the upskilling battle must be fought on two fronts. On one hand, people need to be retrained into careers that require soft skills, creativity, teamwork and collaboration. On the other hand, 40% of the EU workforce has little or no digital literacy – a stark figure. It is essential the training is provided for people so that they can engage in the digital world.
Ms Courteille declared that, “we must reject the idea of techno-predestination. We have to take control, upskill and prepare for rapid change. Life long learning will have to become a reality.”
Giving the example of the guifi.net mesh network, Mr Baeck concluded that people and groups have the potential to act in extremely innovative ways, but they must first be empowered to do so.
— Martin Brynskov (@brynskov) January 23, 2018
The future is in our cities
“Cities,” claimed Ms Schreurs, “are the foremost at creating solutions.” It is cities who are focussing on the interoperability of tech on a European level, and working together to create generic technology that delivers local solutions.
However, Ms Schreurs also warned that cities must take control, “You need a concept of what you want your city to be. If you don’t structure the cooperation and organise the governance, it won’t fly.” Markus Bylund, director of IT and digitalisation strategy for the city of Uppsala, emphasised that “If we continue as we are today, we will fail. In the key to the digital future, technology is just 10%, the rest is changing the way we do things.”
@danielapatti questions the impact of giants from the #sharingeconomy on our cities. Genoa tries to do something about it, will other cities follow? #KSFcities @EUROCITIEStweet @Eutropian pic.twitter.com/rzZ9ihpnQe
— GreenDigitalCharter (@GDCharter) January 23, 2018
Taking on the titans
While cities like Amsterdam are bringing giant companies like Airbnb to the negotiating table and bargaining for better solutions, many cities still don’t feel empowered to shape globalisation to their own terms.
“This,” Ms Boni confirmed, “is the time for cities. It is important for cities to join forces by being part of a group that can really change things in policy making, through more funding and attention to cities, but one that also allows cities to work together to pool their insights and to innovate. The best way to predict the future is to create it”.
The series, ‘Imagine the Urban Future’, will continue throughout 2018, with events being organised in each EUROCITIES forum. Through this series of events, and high-impact campaigns such as Cities4Europe, EUROCITIES is taking its own advice by actively shaping the debate around the future that cities want to see within Europe and beyond.
The new H2020 PROSPECT Peer-to-Peer learning project has just launched its first engagement campaign! PROSPECT will offer EU Cities and Regions a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019.
You can now apply online to the first learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.
Your city or region has ambitious energy and climate objectives? Your local strategies and action plans are ready? You are not alone!
A growing number of European cities and regions have engaged in the energy transition. They are taking local action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy. Many are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy initiative and have developed Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
ut…the last step – securing financing and project implementation – is a problem? Again, you are not alone!
The most pressing challenges the cities face today are the restrained public budgets and the lack of staff resources and capacities to invest in local green economy. Public authorities often rely on a traditional approach to financing, governance and partnerships sometimes at odds with today’s fast changing environment, intensely steered by the civil society initiatives (e.g. emerging cooperatives, crowdfunding). Cities and regions need to leverage these emerging models and implement innovative financing schemes and incentives that would unlock citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors’ funds and facilitate their participation in local energy transition.
Or… maybe you have already managed to secure financing for your project while mobilising other financial sources than the municipal budget?
In this case, congratulations, you are a real champion! Rare are examples when cities and regions implement innovative financing schemes and incentives that mobilise citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors’ funds for sustainable energy and climate projects.
How does it work?
We tell you in this 2-minute video presentation: soon
And to answer all your questions, detailed booklets on Peer mentoring and Study visits activities, as well as an FAQ and a Helpdesk are available on the PROSPECT website.
As a mentee, you will have the opportunity to:
- Identify a local project and challenge you face.
- Establish your personal learning objectives.
- Exchange on a one-to-one basis with your Mentor and get a tailor-made assistance adapted to your learning objectives and needs.
- Get direct access to a network of cities, regions and energy agencies facing the same challenges as you.
- Obtain a certificate
As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:
- Showcase your achievements in the field of sustainable energy and climate action at European level. We will feature your case study and expertise within the PROSPECT training materials, peer to peer learning programme, EU-wide events and communication channels of our partners and the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
- Organise one-to-one peer mentoring meeting or a study visit programme tailored towards the challenges identified by the mentees, with the support of the PROSPECT team. You will be able to re-use this programme for any future peer visits and local events.
- Exchange, confront your ideas and enrich your experience directly with your peers. The programme gives you direct access to cities, regions and energy agencies facing the same challenges as you.
- Participate in a study visit of your choice. PROSPECT will cover your travel costs.
- Obtain a certificate
How to join?
Interested to participate in the learning programme? Get further information and sign up here!
All the PROSPECT partners are longing to see your application and start the match-making process! See you soon!
Green Digital Charter collection of case studies 2017
24 case-studies for 21 contributing cities: GDC signatories are leading the way in deploying digital solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their citizens’ quality of life. Buildings, energy, transport, e-participation, green ICT, waste management : this third publication gathers inspiring (and replicable?) solutions. Each case-study has its own person of contact. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them!
Read our Flipbook at http://bit.ly/2ngXXu4
Or even browse the online book below!
This edition is already the third! Access the 2015 and 2016 catalogues on this page : http://bit.ly/GDC-case-studies.
How can the public sector drive innovation, through its purchasing power? The EURECA project is designed to provide support for EU public sector organisation to engage in innovation procurement for environmentally sound data centre products and services.
About the event
On Thursday 8 February will be held the 14th EURECA workshop in London (University Square Stratford) and will bring together key public and private sector European experts to discuss innovation in public sector digital infrastructures and energy efficiency. The event is suitable for C-level ICT executives, IT managers, policy-makers, energy managers, datacentre managers, procurement professionals and researchers.
Download the full agenda at EURECA Workshop_London 2018_UEL_Flyer
Those who attend any four sessions will receive an official EURECA training certificate.
Contact Dr. Rabih Bashroush, EURECA Project Coordinator
- Phone: +44 208 223 6515
- Email: email@example.com
About the project
The EURECA project is currently supporting consolidation, new build and retrofit datacentre projects in various European countries, with focus on public procurement for innovation (PPI). Additionnally, EURECA is supporting the development of European standards, best practices and polices related to energy efficiency in data centres and green public procurement by providing the scientific evidence and data.
Amsterdam will be walking away with the GDC 2018 award for the City-ZEN ‘virtual power plant’, a project which puts green energy into the grid and money into residents’ pockets at the same time.
“The City-ZEN project not only stabilises the local grid in the neighbourhood but also decreases the societal cost of the energy transition locally” said Jan Willem Eising, project coordinator, accepting the award.
The virtual power plant is an online platform which puts together the solar energy that residents are creating and consuming, storing the surplus locally. This allows residents who are generating their own solar energy in their homes and sell it on the open market! So far, more than 40 households have taken part in the initiative in the Dutch capital’s district of Niew-West.
This project delivered impressively on GDC’s selection criteria by putting citizens at the centre of ICT innovation, enabling them through technology to improve their own quality of life by bring the city closer to its green goals. Most importantly, this engaging method of incentivising solar energy production among citizens is highly reclable – there is little to prevent every city in Europe from implementing their own version of this programme. Indeed, we hope they will!
The jury, which consisted of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland); Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria); and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT), were very impressed with all the case studies submitted to the Green Digital Charter’s annual publication.
Two other projects stood out. Bristol’s REPLICATE project, piloted through 150 ‘smart homes’, is an energy demand management scheme that monitors and controls energy use in order to level out peak demand. Dublin’s iSCAPE project uses ‘passive control systems’ to reduce the impact of air pollution in urban spaces, in combination with policy interventions and creating behavioural changes in citizens’ lifestyle.
From 14 to 16 November 2017, EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter initiative was in Barcelona for the Smart City Expo. Signatory cities were there too, spread at the four corners of the huge exhibition area. Our first day was dedicated to tracking down and interview city officers about their city’s achievements and vision.
Bordeaux, Barcelona, Ghent, Nantes, Tampere, Valencia
Meet GDC signatories in our new video, and discover how the Green Digital Charter tries to connect and empower cities to imagine the urban future.
Read the full article on our presence at the Expo on EUROCITIES website.
The results are in!
Three cities have been selected from all the fantastic case studies submitted to the Green Digital Charter’s annual publication. All participating cities will be immortalised in 2018’s case studies collection, but only one will walk away with first prize during the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ conference organised by GDC and EUROCITIES KSF on 23 January 2018 in Brussels.
And the shortlisted GDC signatory cities are …
Amsterdam, with the City-Zen Project presents the virtual power plant, an online ICT-platform which aggregates people’s production and consumption of solar energy and stores the surplus locally, allowing its citizens to sell home-generated green energy on the open market. So far, more than 40 households have taken part to the initiative in the Dutch capital’s district of Nieuw-West.
Energy is also the core topic of the second finalist’s case study, the City of Bristol, where, in the framework of the REPLICATE project, an energy demand management scheme will be put in place to monitor and control energy use allowing to level out peak demand. The system will be piloted through 150 “smart homes”, having the opportunity to test “connected or smart appliances”.
The third finalist is Dublin, showcasing the iSCAPE project, aimed at improving the smart control of air pollution in Europe. In order to more efficiently reduce the impact of air pollution, this project comes out with a mixed approach focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces, on policy interventions and behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle.
Meet the jury
A jury consisting of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland); Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria); and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT) will decide which of the shortlisted projects scores best on the use of ICT, the effectiveness in meeting the city’s targets, and the involvement of citizens and civils society stakeholders.
Join at the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ conference on 23 January to learn more about all the innovative projects cities are carrying out, and to see which one carries off first prize!
Registration are still open at http://bit.ly/2k4yzZG.
The ICT carbon footprint is the amount of carbon generated by the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
Do you think ICT equals green?
Just as an example, it is estimated that a single email accounts for 4g of CO2 issues. An email with attachment is account for 50g of CO2e. With a broader picture, ICTs account for 8-10% of the European electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions. yet, with a wide energy and environmental strategy, up to 15% of global emissions could be saved by 2020, especially in sectors like transport, energy, industry and buildings.
Measurement systems are the first step to tackling energy efficiency
Carbon calculation methodologies are essential tools to assess the carbon footprint of products and services. Only a few are dedicated to measuring energy consumption of digital goods, a gap that the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project ambitions to tackle.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu listed the most relevant methodologies for organisations to start adopting the ‘green IT/ICT’ attitude. Find them all by clicking at https://ictfootprint.eu/en/related-tools-services.
When ? 6 March 2018
Where? City of Ghent, Data and Information Service
How can satellites help cities become more sustainable and efficient? How can satellite-based services enhance our urban experience? What satellite data is freely available and how to access it?
The ‘Space for Cities‘ event will present experiences of use of Earth Observation data in cities. Satellite applications are by definition objective, sharable and scalable. Satellite imagery is the most sophisticated of these applications, allowing for city managers to get an integrated view of land uses and infrastructures, and the one less known by the general public.
Come and join to:
- discuss the opportunities (and challenges) related to satellite-based services to enhance quality of life in cities
- get informed on existing datasets, in particular the Copernicus datasets
- take part in the development of mobile applications
App For Ghent is an initiative gathering local actors aiming at maximizing the potential of open data through projects, events and co-creation. For this eight edition, Ghent’s hackthon is scheduled on 17 March 2018.
Agenda available at https://www.eurisy.org/event-space4ghent/programme-outline
Space for Cities is an Eurisy initiative, promoting the use of satellite applications to make our cities healthier, cleaner, safer, and more efficiency.
This article was originally published on mySMARTLife project website.
The first two-way charging point in Finland was installed in the Suvilahti district in Helsinki in connection with mySMARTLife project partner Helen’s solar power plant and electricity storage facility. The V2G charging point enables not only charging of an electric vehicle, but also using it as an electricity storage unit and for balancing of the electricity system.
The public two-way charging point is implemented in cooperation between Helen, Liikennevirta, a Finnish operator of charging stations for electric cars, and Nissan. So far, there are no similar charging points in public use anywhere else in Europe.
In the future, the owner of an electric vehicle can utilise the vehicle’s battery as an energy storage unit at home with a two way charger and also take part in the balancing of the electricity market and gain benefits as part of the service.
Electric vehicle drivers’ participation in balancing the grid will be important when electric vehicles on the one hand, and solar and wind power plants on the other hand will become more common. Therefore, batteries of all sizes, i.e. electricity storage units, are needed.
Control systems that optimise the entities will also be necessary in order to maintain a balance between electricity generation and consumption.
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This article was originally published on mysmartlife.eu
The Western part of the demonstration district “Ile de Nantes” is a very busy and touristic entertainment area where many urban developments are implemented in the framework of mySMARTLife. It is a vibrant place ideal for deploying and testing new solutions, in particular in the field of smart lighting.
Currently, Nantes Metropole manages around 95,000 lighting points in the city for an electricity consumption of 45 Gwh per year, an annual electric bill of around 6 Million Euros and annual maintenance and exploitation costs of around 4 Million Euros.
The opportunity of smart lighting
Smart public lighting is an opportunity to respond to changing urban challenges and stakeholders needs as well as to optimise public lighting functioning, maintenance costs and energy efficiency. Therefore, Nantes Metropole aims at designing and implementing a new public lighting concept which will increase smart lighting innovation, optimise lighting costs and reduce energy consumption.
mySMARTLife partner ENGIE designed new smart lighting solutions to respond to the citizens’ and operators’ needs and will deploy them during the first semester of 2018.
Focus on the demonstration area
The demonstration area is divided into 5 zones with specific needs:
2. The side lane of “Contre allée Mail des chantiers” is currently poorly lightened and needs to be more attractive to encourage people to use it.
3. The lighting in the street “Cité des chantiers” has to be reduced and rearranged as to guide citizens to the esplanade.
4. “Quai des Antilles” is a highly frequented zone with a need for a very efficient lighting.
5. The street “Esplanade des riveurs” has a need for switching on/off the lights according to specific events.
New efficient solutions by ENGIE
To tackle these issues, different solutions will be implemented, such as the creation of a lighting path that will be deployed by ENGIE, the French electricity company. To encourage people to use this path, new efficient LED lights will be installed with Gobo image projection in the area of “Contre Allée Mail des Chantiers”. Besides, ENGIE will install new LED lights with presence detection and dimming option in the area of “Mail des Chantiers” and “Cité des Chantiers” to encourage people to walk on the side lane of the parallel path in the evening. All light points will be controlled by a remote management system in real time. The operator will also monitor lights e. g. with an on/off switch functionality for specific events and a dimming option. Operating costs and maintenance plans will be optimised.
ENGIE will also install sensors (probably for measuring air quality and noise as well as cameras to count flows of people and traffic) to investigate interesting use cases. These sensors will communicate with the lighting network. Overall, the replacement of existing lamps by LEDs, dimming and individual lighting points remote management will enable to save 75% of energy and optimise maintenance. This new lighting system will be controlled and monitored through a flexible, open and interoperable multi-system and multi-application Content Management System (CMS). Public lighting energy data will also be integrated into the new Nantes Urban data platform.
This article was originally published on the European Energy Innovation (communication n°2, winter 2017).
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu – The first marketplace to showcase European ICT excellence in energy efficiency
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has become part of our daily life, with a massive influence on society, environment and its future.
We are so used to living in our smart-hyper-connected world that we take for granted a number of digital-comforts unimaginable only a few years ago.
The good news is that ICT is one of the most powerful instruments for tackling today’s environmental threats including climate change and exhaustion of resources: ICT-enabled solutions could cut the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16.5%.1 The bad news is that ICT is responsible for almost 10% of all energy used and 4% of carbon emissions, comparable to the aviation industry. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution in its infancy, the demands of energy and resources for computing systems, data centres, networks and the supporting e-infrastructures are growing exponentially.
Making ICT greener is no simple matter as it involves different disciplines and requires innovative solutions for improved energy efficiency. Following the AAA (Assess, Analyse, Act) paradigm, before reducing ICT’s environmental impact, it must be measured. Performing an orthodox Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is complex, costly and time consuming. It may require months and hundreds of thousands euros. The big ICT players include environmental friendliness in their core strategy and investment for ethical reasons and public image concerns.
For SMEs it’s a whole different story. Most of them simply lack the basic knowledge or awareness to address the problem; they would not be able to afford an LCA and would have difficulty finding their way in the jungle of calculation methodologies and energy efficient solutions.
With over 10 million ICT intensive SMEs in Europe, this would be a missed opportunity for a healthier environment and for SMEs to improve their competitiveness, increase their energy efficiency & lower their bills. Endless options are available to those who want to join the ICT energy efficiency quest: making them accessible is ICTFOOTPRINT.eu’s mission.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is the one-stop-shop for SMEs to improve their ICT energy efficiency, becoming more competitive while reducing their environmental impact and their electricity bills.
Assess the GHG emissions and energy consumption of your products, services and organisation in a quick and simple process, at no cost: Get your personalised report with ICTFOOTPRINT.eu’s Self Assessment Tools SAT-S and SAT-O, ready at the end of 2017, to accompany you through a simplified ICT carbon footprint calculation, following standard methodologies, best-practices and algorithms whose complexity is made transparent for the users.
Analyse the sustainable ICT landscape: join the community and follow the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinars to get practical guides & insights from highly qualified experts in the Sustainable ICT sector. Get inspired by the Success Stories of your peers getting ICT energy savings & carbon footprint reduction. Find your way around ICT footprint calculation methodologies with our dynamic Map of ICT methodologies, with 20 downloadable fact-sheets and understandable summaries for non-expert ICT professionals.
Act: drop by the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace: you will find a wealth of solutions from certified sellers helping you improve your ICT energy efficiency. Think about joining the marketplace as a buyer or seller and give yourself greater visibility with an international market with a community of over 2,500 likeminded players in the field. An influential, international External Advisory Group supports ICTFOOTPRINT.eu that can also provide strategic guidance or outreach support on any products or services you may have.Let us know if you have some interesting stories to showcase and drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- adaptation to climate change
- air quality
- housing, jobs and skills in the local economy
Deadline for application: 30 March 2018 at 2pm CET
A detailed description of the topics are available in the Terms of Reference for Call 3. For this call, an indicative budget of between EUR 80-100 million is allocated.
- Read the UIA Guidance (click here for the online pdf in English), the main reference document exeplaining all the rules and requirements of an UIA project. It should be read together with the Terms of Reference of the Call
- Download the Application Pack on the UIA website (we kindly advise you to download and careful read all documents provided) > http://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/call-proposals
- Apply on the Electronic Exchange Platform (EEP) [read the technical guidance]
Four applicants seminars will be organised in different parts of the EU to better support applicants in fully understanding the requirements and expectations of the UIA initiative.
- Bucharest on 11 January 2018
- Zagreb on 23 January 2018
- Malmö on 7 February 2018
- Brussels on 22 February 2018
More information at http://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/uia-support-applicants-3rd-call-proposals
This is the main question tackled the ‘Scaling Civic Tech: Paths to a Sustainable Future’, a recently released report summarised insights on this booming sector, developing a more nuanced understanding of civic tech business models.
What exactly is “civic tech”?
Civic tech: technology used to inform, engage and connect residents with government and one another to advance civic outcomes.
GovTech: technology designed with government as the intended customer or user.
Civic tech and GovTech are neither mutually exclusive nor perfectly overlapping. According to the research, as opposed to GovTech, which includes many technologies government use to increase the efficiency of its internal operations, civic tech tools largely include a citizen-facing component.
This report focuses on civic tech organisations of which a subset would also be considered GovTech. [Download PDF]
Key findings include:
- A lack of success stories from civic tech start-ups
- Variations in revenue model
- Different growth paths
- Lack of rigorous and consistant impact measurement
- Philantropic funding targeting specific projects and not core capacities
Discarded electronic equipment (phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, TVs etc.) contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. Most e-waste is not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods. At the same time, e-waste streams challenge the efforts towards a circular economy as valuable and scarce resources are wasted.
The recently released Global E-waste Monitor 2017 provided the most comprehensive overview of global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions.
Definition : Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to all items of electrical and electronical equipment (EEE) and its part that have been discarded by its owners as waste without the intent of re-use.
The report highlights the need for a better e-waste data and information for policymakers to track progress, identify the need for action, and to achieve sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What can cities do about it? Read about Malmö, the Swedish city procuring environmentally-labelled IT equipments at http://bit.ly/2mfE30c
Access the full report on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) website at https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Climate-Change/Pages/Global-E-waste-Monitor-2017.aspx.
„ESPRESSO” focuses on the development of a conceptual Smart Cities Information Framework, with the scope of making standards and technologies for smart cities interoperable. In short, among others, it helps cities better plan investment in Smart City projects – by way of setting up a KPI Framework and standardization roadmap.
How to benefit from “ESPRESSO” outputs?
- Become part of their Smart City Stakeholder Network. The consortium regularly organizes webinars on themes important for smart cities and their implementation and monitoring processes, including standardization. Registration can here.
- Read the “Smart City Strategic Growth Map”, a publication that provides a self-assessment tool for cities and addresses more in-depth the issue of smart cities, asset management, standards, progress measurement at the level of urban investment.
More information on the project’s website at http://espresso.espresso-project.eu/
This article was orginally published on 01/06/2017 by Leena Karppi here.
Nestled on the shore of Lake Näsijärvi, Hiedanranta is a future city district that is being developed with a new concept in collaboration with city residents, businesses and organisations. The plan is to build homes for 25 000 residents and facilities for 10 000 jobs in Hiedanranta. The Tampere tramway will pass through the area in the future. Hiedanranta is located some four kilometres from the city centre.
The new city district and the changing Lielahti area
The new city district will comprise three subareas: the historical factory area, the Lake Näsijärvi shore zone and a part of the Lielahti commercial area. The planning of the district was launched in 2016 with an international ideas competition. The jury selected two entries as the winners of the competition, and the planning of the area is continuing based on the winning proposals
The preparation of a master plan for the area commenced in the spring of 2017 with a process involving the city residents and dubbed the ideas competition “after party”. In public workshops, the participants joined forces in developing, among other aspects, block structures, housing solutions, as well as a sense of community and new ways of working to suit a city of the future. The master plan will be completed in 2018, after which the local detailed planning will commence.
Väliaikainen Hiedanranta – Temporary Hiedanranta
The former Lielahti industrial area was opened to the public in 2016. The City is enabling various events and activities in the area by, for example, renting out facilities for temporary use and supporting the organisation of events.
Already operating in Hiedanranta is Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo, a venue built into an old drying plant that can be rented for various events. A community of craftsmen and artists has formed in Paja building. During the summer of 2017, Kenneli DIY, an indoor skateboarding hall meeting Olympic standards, will also open in connection with Kuivaamo.
A new circus activities centre, Sirkus Faktori, opened its doors in Kuivaamo in the spring of 2017. The Kartano-kahvila Mielihyvin café at the Lielahti Manor House is open to customers every day. In addition to the floating garden established in 2016, a floating sauna is now also in the makings in Hiedanranta – the building and design work is being carried out by city residents. You can read more about upcoming events here.
Väliaikainen Hiedanranta, or “temporary Hiedanranta”, has proven to be a successful experiment that we are continuing as a part of the area’s development. We also encourage new organisations and people to join the endeavour. Please contact us if you are interested in developing activities or events in Hiedanranta.
Development platform for smart and sustainable solutions
The Hiedanranta area serves as a piloting platform for new technologies and methods. We invite businesses whose R&D efforts focus on digitalisation, sustainability, circular economy, energy solutions or food production to join us. There are currently some 20 different development projects ongoing in Hiedanranta.
The sanitation solution for the Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo venue has been implemented entirely by means of a dry toilet system with a total of 13 toilets and, additionally, five dry urinals in the men’s room. The system is a significant pilot project on a Finnish and Nordic scale. During the summer of 2017, an algae growing plant will be built in Hiedanranta to be used by Tampere University of Technology to study the cultivation of microalgae from the urine collected from the dry toilet system.
Due to the industrial history of the area, there is an abundance of waste fibre at the bottom of Lake Näsijärvi, and its utilisation in earth construction and as an energy source is currently under investigation. A closed-cycle-based farming plant growing strawberries is also operating in Hiedanranta.
Next 25-26 April 2018, London is hosting ‘Europe’s only city-centric event for citizen-centric smart cities’: the seventh edition of the ‘Smart to Future Cities’ summit. Practical and scalable applications improve citizens’ quality of life and local government’s efficiency. For cities with a smart vision, the need for alternative procurement, effective partnership models and innovative but economical technology solutions is more important than ever.
Cities’ delegates from all across Europe and the world will gather during this two-days conference. Civil servants within a local or central government organisation are able to attend the event for free. Please email Georgie Beer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
Post-Brexit: how cities keep cooperating
On 26 April (11:50), Nikolaos Kontinakis, senior project coordinator on smart cities, will inject EUROCITIES’ vision in a panel discussion dedicated to ‘the fate of the UK’s smart cities and their European collaborators in post-Brexit landscape’.
Right in the aftermath of the UK referendum’s results in favour of the Brexit in June 2016, Johana Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES’ rotating president at the time declared that “the EU can be revived if we look to our cities. We, EUROCITIES, will continue cooperating with large British cities.” [Read the reactions from EUROCITIES’ members on Express]
Cities beyond borders of the European Union territory are already part of EUROCITIES network: Reykjavik and Bergen are ‘full members’ of the network and many cities across Turkey, Ukraine and even Moscow are benefiting from their status of ‘associate member’ to attend physical events or access online resources, knowledge being open across national borders.
Full conference agenda available here.
Visit the event’s website : https://tmt.knect365.com/smart-future-cities/
Some years after the start of several H2020 Smart Cities and Communities, the smart city solutions and measures implemented in those cities reveal their first results and have already given to cities valuable information on how to best achieve their transformation.
The 12 projects implement wide range of solutions from building retrofitting to e-mobility and citizen engagement. About 76 cities out of which 36 cities are lighthouse cities, meaning that they have demonstration areas and they implement the solutions. In each project there are follower cities, ensuring that those cities will be the first who replicate.
The 40 follower cities will be brought together in Brussels for a full day on 26th January, at INEA’s premises and focus on the needs of these cities. Follower cities by participating in the Replication workshop will be able to discuss openly the challenges and issues of replicating specific smart city measures with several lighthouse cities, cross-projects, city networks, the European Commission and INEA.
How to pave the way for successful replication?
The purpose is to exchange about how concrete measures can be implemented and take the necessary steps for and within the follower cities to pave the way for successful replication. The day will be organised around 2 rounds of active discussions in 3 thematic workshops; one on urban mobility, one on low energy districts and one on integrated infrastructure. Each of the workshop will be divided in several roundtables to ensure a contribution from all participants and more direct exchanges.
The day will end with an open discussion on how to get round the barriers and restrains to implement smart solutions in cities.
Follower cities can register for this event, before 15 January, here: https://goo.gl/ZY6gmw
Contact: Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, Sharing Cities, EUROCITIES (Bernadett.email@example.com)
Where : INEA premises, Chaussée de Wavre 910, B-1049, Brussels (BELGIUM)
Sustainable, smart, resilient, green, free-flowing, econological, healthy. What will our future city look like?
Digital transition, climate action, everything-as-a-service, sustainable mobility, circular economy. How will our cities operate in the next decades?
Big Data, Internet of Things, blockchain, electromobility. Which technologies will be the game-changers in the foreeseable future?
New governance models, co-creation, citizen participation, public procurement for innovative solutions, innovation management. What are the challenges cities need to tackle?
On Tuesday 23 January 2018 will be held EUROCITIES’ annual event on smart cities. Untitled “Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust”, this full-day conference will focus on trends, technologies and challenges that will shape future European cities. City representatives, high level policy makers and experts from across Europe will debate over expectations, opportunities and the impact of digital technologies in co-creating future cities and societies, with citizens.
The morning panel discussion will be followed by two rounds of parallel technical workshops, in which member cities are called to bring in their specific needs, challenges, concerns and concrete examples. The day will end with the GDC 2017 award ceremony to mark the closing of the GuiDanCe project in February.
This full-day event is open to the public.
The conference will be preceeded by a technical training for cities’ data officers on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). See: http://bit.ly/2Al7bha
Limited number of seats available (25 pers. max). Register now
As from May 2018, the new EU general data protectino regulation (GDPR) will take effect. As a direct result, all EU cities are asked to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) and to implement a series of new rules and practices.
On Monday 22 January 2018 in Brussels, the GDC/GuiDanCe project is organising a technical training for cities’ digital experts on the implementation of the EU general data protection regulation (GDPR).
The training will be followed by the conference ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ jointly organised by the Green Digital Charter and EUROCITIES’ Knowledge Society Forum (KSF).
This training is designed to help EUROCITIES’ members and GDC signatories to understand the concepts and processes necessary for the data management chain within a city administration to deal with citizens’ privacy while delivering smart services. Participants will learn how to conduct a privacy impact assessment (PIA) based on specific and concrete use-cases (dataset, application, service) brought by participants from their own city.
Who can participate?
Participation is free and open to city officers, especially DPOs and data officers of local public authorities;
Your city is facing privacy challenges in the implementation of a measure or project? Bring your example with supporting documents such as datasets. Four use-cases will be selected and presented to the audience.
We are looking for officers with understanding of a particular service or application, e.g. functional understanding (what the service or application does), technical understanding (how it is implemented) and a deployment understanding (who and how it is operated).
To propose a data scenario from your city, contact us by Friday 15 December (COB).
- Rebecca Portail, GDC/GuiDanCE project support officer at rebecca.portail[at]eurocities.eu
- Antony Page, UrbanDNA (expert & trainer) at antony.page[at]urbandna.eu
Participation is limited. Register now at http://bit.ly/2BHJnkM.
In view of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is organising a series of three webinars to get citizens involved in smart city planning.
#1: Collaborative platforms to enable participatory budgeting initiatives
Wed. 06 December 2017, 12:30-14:30 (CET)
In March 2017, EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter and Sharing Cities ‘lighthouse’ programme showcased the approach followed by the cities of Reykjavik and Milan. Watch the recording at http://bit.ly/2mcJf4X.
About participatory budgeting
Participatory budgeting (PB) platforms can be considered as a subset of a larger category of collaborative platforms for social innovations developed and diffused during the last years. Throughthout this session, we will be specifically focusing on platforms and tools purposefully designed for the management of PB processes. Practical cases will be presented, as outlined in the agenda (EIP-SCC Citizen Focus AC webinar_PB first webinar_v04).
More info on participatory budgeting for inclusive smart cities and communities here.
Webinar 2 will be launched in early 2018 targeting the role of city representatives, local authorities and policy-makers in participatory budgeting.
Webinar 3 (planned for spring 2018) will conclude the series with focus on best practices with an overview of strenghts and areas for improvement.
Any inquiry shall be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
In view of the upcoming anniversary of the Manifesto on Citizen Engagement (click here) the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) ‘Citizen Focus‘ Action Cluster is aiming at continuing the ‘go local’ campaign in order to reach out over a wider range of cities and local communities. For this purpose, we are seeking volunteers to translate the Manifesto document in the following languages:
Bulgarian – Dutch – Croatian – Czech – Estonian – Danish – Finnish – Greek – Hungarian – Latvian – Lithuanian – Polish – Romanian – Slovak – Slovenian – Swedish
WE NEED YOU!
Your contribution would support us in disseminating the Manifesto principles across more difficult to reach areas, such as remote and rural zones, where local communities are not always involved in the change brought by digitalisation. Futhermore, your involvement would enhance local engagement and participation in the Manifesto-related activities (to name one: the ‘Ambassador Cities‘ initiative).
Should you be interested in contributing to our dissemination efforts by translating the Manifesto in one of the listed languages, please contact the management team via email at email@example.com or Roberta.Maio@pwc.com.
The Manifesto was the outcome of a co-creation experiment that has seen more than 50 stakeholders engaged and actively contributing to shape its contents. It was launched on 23 November 2016, during the Conference Inclusive Smart Cities: A European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement by the Citizen Focus Action Cluster of the EIP-SCC.
It primarily fosters knowledge sharing of best practices and collaboration on the co-creation of models that use innovative solutions for ameliorating the civil society, with a particular focus on weaker and excluded categories. In so doing, it calls for commitment towards the improvement of the quality of life by tailoring city measures on citizens’ needs. It particularly urges cities to adopt inclusion policies to educate both city officers and citizens on this matter, to set up collaborative models, to enhance digital literacy, to promote open science and open data as well as to seek cooperation with other cities to strengthen the Smart Cities Network.
To date, the Manifesto has been endorsed by more than 120 private and public sector representatives, reaching multiple European and international stakeholders. It is currently available in six languages, namely French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian and Spanish and counting on your contribution, we hope to ensure wider linguistic coverage in the next months.
Twelve smart city projects covering almost 60 cities across Europe came together at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona from 14-16 November – the biggest edition to date –to show how cities are leading the way in driving sustainable and smart innovation.
Under the conference theme ‘Empower Cities, Empower People’, these smart city projects, also known as Lighthouse city projects, presented how they are putting smart technologies to the test, and how these work in practice when it comes to reducing environmental impact and improving citizen’s lives.
‘The Lighthouse Projects Stand’ was part of the three-day international event on smart cities at the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue which gathered 700 cities worldwide as well as 675 exhibitors and 420 speakers.
The Stand hosted a number of discussion sessions, ranging in topic from district heating solutions to smart waste collection, providing an opportunity to share experiences of mobilising the public sector, business communities, civil society and academia in the creation of smart cities and regions.
The twelve projects have all received funding through the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme as part of the EU’s long term ambition to create a low-carbon economy and ensure continued competitiveness in the global market.
Head of Unit for new energy technologies and innovation at the European Commission, Andreea Strachinescu said: “Innovation drives Europe’s competitiveness and is the best way to transition to a low-carbon economy. Thanks to these projects and partnerships, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, smart metering, real-time energy management, or zero-energy buildings neighbourhood solutions can be tested and shared with other European cities.”
The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities, also featured at the stand, was launched in 2012 by the European Commission to support the development urban technology solutions in and energy, transport and ICT and stimulate their uptake to enable the transition to a more sustainable Europe.
From 20 to 24 November 2017, the city of Genoa is hosting “The power of innovation”, the third edition of Genova Smart Week“, a week of conferences, technical and educational workshops, expo and networking events that will be attended by national and international players to share their views about innovations for the development of a livable city.
The week-long event is sponsored by the City of Genoa and the Association Genoa Smart City, in collaboration with local and European partners.
Twitter feed : #GSWeek2017 – @GenoaSmartWeek
The city of Genoa signed the Green Digital Charter. Visit their profile at http://www.greendigitalcharter.eu/signatory-cities/genoa
ETSI is pleased to announce the creation of a new Industry Specification Group “City Digital Profile” (ISG CDP) that will help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardized solutions from their suppliers.
The City Digital Profile ISG will enable cities to procure smart solutions with confidence that those solutions will be extendable, configurable and interoperable with similar services from other cities and providers.
City administrators will therefore deliver advanced services to their citizens, whilst respecting essential environmental factors, sustainability objectives and reducing the overall cost of deployment.
Initial cross-domain city applications will include:
- Health and social care (disability entitlement; housing benefit and rent payment; housing condition, assisted living and vulnerability)
- Building management and connected homes
- Urban lighting
- Water and waste management and energy
- Transportation and mobility
- Environmental issues such as pollution and resource optimization
Other key issues such as citizen related data retention and privacy protection will also be considered, in cooperation with such groups as oneM2M, the ETSI founded partnership project and the ETSI Technical Committee Cyber.
- 14-16 November : ETSI will organise a dedicated session to present the ISF CDP concept alongside the Smart City Expo
- 20-21 November : Kick-off meeting of the ISG at ETSI headquarters where the group will elect its chair and vice chair and decide on the future work and priorities.
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 94 43 35
Mob: +33 (0)6 87 60 84 40
EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter/GuiDanCe project is setting up an online training, for cities only, on ‘Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’.
Tuesday 5 December
11:00-12:00 C.E.T (Brussels time)
The session will provide an overview of the lessons learned from the EU H2020-funded EURECA project (https://www.dceureca.eu/). Energy-saving opportunities, barriers to adoption and running cost of facilities are among the areas covered by the training. Some of the material presented will highlight for the first time some interesting results around average running cost of servers in the public sector, IT energy consumption distribution, and key factors affecting energy efficiency beyond PUE. Experience from a city involved in a project will be shared with the audience.
The training is suitable for civil servants including heads of IT’s, CxO’s, data centre managers, Energy managers/officers, sustainability managers/officers, as well as procurers.
Continuous Professional Development: Attendees of the training session will receive an official EURECA / GDC training certificate.
11:00 – 11:05 : Introductory remarks, by Rebecca Portail (Green Digital Charter, EUROCITIES)
11:05 – 11:25 : ‘Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’, by Dr. Rabih Bashroush, coordinator of the EURECA project.
11:25 – 11:45: ‘Northern Ireland exploit datacentre and cloud services to deliver better citizen services’, by Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)
11:45- 11:55 : Q&A
11:55 – 12:00 : Closing remarks
Dr. Rabih Bashroush is the Coordinator of the H2020 EURECA project and the Director of the Enterprise Computing research group (http://bit.ly/2ruEu8b) at the University of East London. Before joining UEL, he spent 10 years at the Queen’s University Belfast in various roles. He held visiting scientist positions at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Philips Research Labs (Netherlands), and Danfoss Power Electronics (Denmark). In 2016, he was appointed as the coordinator of the EU Commission DG CONNECT Smart Cities Research Cluster (https://www.smartcitiescluster.eu/) on Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.
He serves on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centers; the BSI TCT/7/3 Telecommunications; Installation requirements: Facilities and infrastructures – CEN/CENELEC TC215; and the BSI ST/46 ISO SC 39 Sustainability For and By IT standardisation committees. He served on the EU Commission Expert Working Group for Best Environmental Practice in the Telecommunication and ICT services sector and the EU Consultation Forum for the EcoDesign legislation for energy efficient Servers. Dr Bashroush has worked with a number of central and local governments in Europe on energy efficiency projects of varying sizes.
Mrs. Caron Alexander is Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance of the Government of Northern Ireland Government. She will share her experience in collaborating with the EURECA project from the public sector’s side.
Under the theme ‘Empower cities, empower people’, Barcelona Smart City Expo 2017 (14-16 November) will gather exhibitors, speakers and visitors around eight areas that make a city a ‘smart’ city: governance, mobility, safety, economy, sustainability, circular economy, society and data & technology. The event will focus on strategies to empower metropolises and their citizens through active participation.
EUROCITIES connects smarter cities across the EU, bringing them together to exchange, share and learn from each other. Our presence in the Congress contributes in raising visibility of what EUROCITIES is doing in terms of city-to-city cooperation. Although becoming smarter means different things to different cities, concerted and coordinated efforts from all levels of governance are essential to tackle broader challenges such as climate change.
Barcelona’s Agora welcomes EUROCITIES on ‘Cities working together to deliver smart solutions’ (Day 1, Tue. 14, 16:30 – 17:30 , Agora Stage)
Federica Bordelot, policy advisor, is actively involved in the Digital Transition partnership established under the Urban Agenda for the EU. Through her work, EUROCITIES contributes in strengthening an open dialogue at the EU level, enabling cities to get directly involved in the development of EU initiatives on smart cities, based on their needs and the challenges they are facing. Apart from this, Federica will also present the current and future work on data and standards developed by the respective knowledge society forum WGs. More information on EUROCITIES website.
Nikolaos Kontinakis, senior project coordinator, will present some of the most remarkable projects developed by city members in the area of energy efficiency, buildings, transport and governance to improve citizens’ quality of life.
‘Leveraging the Potential of City Networks’: EUROCITIES’ approach to international cooperation (Day 1, Tue.14, 17:30-18:30, Room 5).
What can city networks do to improve good governance at the global level and support an international urban ecological transition? EUROCITIES is already involved in two international cooperation projects on sustainable urbanisation with China. To which extent can European cities’ expertise and knowledge be transferred outside Europe to meet our commitments and sustainable development goals?
Speaker: Nikolaos Kontinakis
Networking area and short debates in the European ‘lighthouse’ stand (Pavilion 2, D450 booth)
Our Green Digital Charter/GuiDance and Sharing Cities projects will be glad to welcome you at the Smart Cities and Communities’(SCC) networking space. Several thematic sessions per day, and the opportunity to meet partners involved in all 13 current smart cities ‘lighthouse’ projects funded under the Horizon 2020 programme.
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)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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/.
The Action Cluster for Integrated Infrastructures of the EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) is currently collecting responses to their 5 minutes survey on the ‘Humble Lamppost’ initiative.
The initiative, which aims to offer more efficient and affordable lighting services by upgrading 10 million smart lampposts in European cities both in the means of LED lamppost infrastructure and smart services operating it, now gathers opinions, experiences and vision of cities in regards to the smart lighting.
The contributions will help to increase both scale and the pace of adoption of the ‘Humble Lamppost’ goal. You can take part in the survey until Monday 31 July 2017. In case of any questions about the questionnaire, contact email@example.com.
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
The Green Digital Charter (GDC) awards ceremony for smart city projects will take place during the conference ‘Cities in Transition – The role of digital in shaping our future cities, jointly organised by EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and the GDC initiative on 25 January 2017 in Brussels (more information here)
- ’Citizen participation & impact on society‘ This award will be given to the project that has actively involved citizens and/or other civil society stakeholders; has a strong bottom-up approach and/or has developed tools to be used in a bottom-up approach; and is expected to tackle, or has already tackled, societal challenges in the city.
- ’Creation of European added value‘ The winning project will be in line with relevant EU policies and/or targets; has involved in its implementation a number of cities across Europe; and has been replicated (or has the potential to be replicated) in a number of European cities, preferably in different countries.
- ’Promoting open & interoperable solutions‘ This award 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 infrastructure, services, tools, etc.
Twenty-one projects from 14 cities are competing in one or several categories. Three projects will be shortlisted and one awarded per category during the conference.
The members of the jury are Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland); Peter Bosch (TNO, Netherlands); Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria); and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT).
All projects will be promoted through our ’GDC Collection of Case Studies 2016‘ publication, which will include 32 case studies from 17 European cities.
The year 2017 will be crucial for the completion of the Digital Single Market, and cities will play an important role in this process. The forthcoming implementation of the EU’s new digital laws and the launch of the Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition will have a major direct impact at local level.
On the occasion of the winter meeting of its knowledge society forum (KSF), EUROCITIES wishes to engage in a dialogue with officials and representatives of the EU institutions and other stakeholders to make the most of the planned digital policies and initiatives.
EUROCITIES KSF and Green Digital Charter (GDC www.greendigitalcharter.eu) initiative will therefore jointly organise a conference on ‘Cities in Transition – The role of digital in shaping our future cities‘, to be held on 25 January 2017 in Brussels.
During the opening plenary session, members of the European Parliament, as well as representatives of the European Commission and of cities will hold a debate on what the new Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition should achieve, taking into account the EU’s future digital policies and activities. While assessing the real needs and priorities of cities, participants will also exchange views on current and future implementation challenges and obstacles. The political debate will be followed by two parallel series of technical workshops dedicated to specific issues. Concrete cases, project examples, and initiatives will be cited to illustrate how cities can benefit from the use of digital solutions. The EUROCITIES GDC is one such initiative. It commits 51 European cities, representing almost 27 million citizens, to working together and delivering on the objectives of improving the quality of life in cities using digital solutions. Participants will also develop recommendations to help local authorities and EU institutions jointly achieve their policy and project objectives. The event will conclude with the GDC Awards ceremony for smart city projects. The winners in each of the following categories will be announced: Citizen participation & impact on society; Creation of European added value; Promoting open & interoperable solutions (more information here).
The draft agenda of the conference is available here: Cities in transition_draft agenda_15122016
Registration is open until 16 January 2017 at: bit.ly/CitiesInTransition-Registration
This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.EU website
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu sustains the use of standard methodologies and transparent procedures to calculate CO2 footprint.
In fact, ICTFOOTPRINT will hold a free webinar about ICT Standards for Data Centres and ICT Sustainability on 20th December 2016, 15:00 CET, open to all those with an interest in becoming more sustainable in their ICT.
During the 1-hour webinar, Lance Rϋtimann (Vice President of The Green Grid) will share his views and tips, on how the European EN 50600 Series of Standards came about as a motivation to deliver a comprehensive EN standard for Data centres to help rise to the challenge of various situations such as one room to multiple building facilities and diverse business models with individual complexities.
Moreover, Joe Baguley (Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, EMEA at VMware) will provide us with stimulating insights on some major recommendations that VMWare works on whilst minimising its ICT corporate footprint, described in VMware’s Global Impact Report 2015 – Force for Good.
Why you should watch the webinar?
· Free webinar, with no costs for you and requiring less than 1 hour of your time.
· Learn how to start improving the energy efficiency in your ICT business
· Know success stories about implementing energy efficiency
· Start benefiting from competitive advantages, as energy cost reduction, with energy efficiency
The webinar is for any European ICT player that needs to improve its energy efficiency in ICT.
The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is organising an “Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place” in Brussels on 18-19 January 2017.
The event will bring together key stakeholders from cities, regions and industry as well as the financial sector to discuss successful schemes implemented at local and regional level, financing mechanisms and products available, and practical challenges to implement them on a large scale. A special focus will be on structuring the market and, in particular, standardisation, aggregation and de-risking of energy efficiency assets.
The conference is the third in a series of successful events during the last years and will feature:
- Plenary sessions by high-level political representatives on finance for sustainable energy;
- Panel sessions by financial institutions on practical experiences and project bankability; and
- Parallel sessions on practical solutions and projects implemented across Europe in four thematic tracks:
- Standardisation and benchmarking;
- Innovative financing solutions;
- Aggregating projects on public assets;
- Aggregating projects on private assets;
- Poster sessions of sustainable energy projects with divers technical and financial structures; as well as
- Stands of financial institutions.
Please save the dates in your diary; a full programme and practical details will be circulated in the coming weeks.
The event will offer the opportunity for a limited number of financial institutions to participate with a dedicated stand. With a view to ensuring coverage of diverse types of financial institutions, organisations with experience in sustainable energy financing, including energy efficiency, in a number of European countries/regions are encouraged to express their interest here until 07/12/2016.
In case of any questions, please contact EASME-Energy@ec.europa.eu.
Provision of data and results to the Smart Cities Information System*
This webinar will illustrate to projects how they can easily upload information and results through the means of SCIS’ new online self-reporting tool. With the input of data and through analysis of the results and insights, the SCIS database represents a goldmine of valuable project experience, leading to the replication of smart cities best practice and contributing to policy development in the EU. The webinar will offer a brief introduction to the Smart Cities Information System and guided tour through the online self-reporting tool. It will be followed by a Q&A session.
*For projects coordinators and project experts for technical and economic assessment
Green information and communication technology (ICT) for smart cities was the subject of the 6th Green Digital Charter webinar on 7 November. Three experts presented their work.
Fredrik Eriksson is ICT strategy officer in Linköping. His city has already developed a broad range of environmentally friendly ICT solutions. Linköping wants to become CO2 neutral by 2025, partly by switching to renewable energy sources. Back in 2013, the city adopted a new travel policy for its municipal staff: “Travels shall only take place when necessary; travels shall, as far as possible, be replaced by video, phone, and web conferencing.” The ensuing ‘greener’ meetings and fewer trips have had a positive effect on participants’ availability and efficiency, he said. Eriksson’s presentation is available here.
Jaak Vlasveld, director at green IT Amsterdam, presented a series of case studies and projects that use or develop green IT tools and solutions. According to Vlasveld, power management should be enabled at hardware level (computing resources) whenever possible. The other layers to be considered in green cloud models are software applications, virtualisation platforms, and data centre infrastructure, he said, stressing that beyond performance, the impact of energy efficiency improvements should also be explicitly assessed. Vlasveld’s presentation is available here.
Silvana Muscella, founder and CEO of Trust-IT Services, presented the ICTfootprint.eu project, which aims to become the consolidated effort that, at European level, raises awareness of metrics, methodologies, and best practices in measuring the ICT sector’s energy and environmental efficiency, and that facilitates their broad deployment and uptake. The project has developed a range of tools and services, which you can consult at ICTfootprint.eu. One such tool is the map of ICT standards. Whether you work for a public administration, an ICT-intensive SME, or an ICT supplier, we strongly encourage you to join the ICTfootprint.eu community to benefit from these services. Muscella’s presentation is available here.
Watch the complete recording HERE
Representatives of 600 cities from five continents, 576 exhibitors and 412 global influencers, innovators, and thought leaders, along with more than 16,000 visitors converged on Barcelona on 15-17 November to attend the sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress. Entitled ‘Cities for citizens’, this was the biggest ever gathering of municipal authorities in the event’s history.
Six European Horizon 2020 ‘lighthouse’ projects – GrowSmarter, REMOURBAN, Triangulum, REPLICATE, Sharing cities, and SmartEnCity – and supporting actions CITYkeys and ESPRESSO shared a pavilion at the expo along with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC) initiative.
Sharing Cities is a Horizon 2020 smart city ‘lighthouse’ programme. EUROCITIES leads on the replication and communication activities and they acted as coordinators of this event.
Visitors received first-hand information from the coordinators and partners of these collaborative projects. The latter shared their achievements and demonstrated live their latest results.
The speaking sessions hosted by the project partners – city representatives, business partners, NGOs – proved to be particularly popular.
They covered most of the hot topics within the smart cities context, including: smart city development; performance measurement; sustainable urban mobility; citizen engagement; business models; and finance and procurement. The speakers represented Cologne and Stockholm (GrowSmarter), Milan and Greenwich (Sharing Cities), Vienna (Smarter Together), Rotterdam (CITYkeys and ESPRESSO), Ghent, Valencia and Turin (GDC), San Sebastian (Replicate), and Sabadell (Triangulum), among others (see the agenda here).
The GDC team hosted a cocktail reception in the evening of the 16th, which was a huge hit with participants. Nikolaos Kontinakis, Green Digital Charter coordinator, introduced the short addresses by Paola Pisano, deputy mayor of Turin in charge of innovation and smart city; Mathias Reddmann, European Commission, DG CONNECT; and Bart Rosseau, chief data officer, City of Ghent.
GDC is a EUROCITIES initiative that commits cities to working together to promote the use of digital technologies and address the challenges of growth, sustainability and resilience for the benefit of their citizens.
EUROCITIES is also involved in the CITYkeys support action, which has developed key performance indicators for the measurement and transparent monitoring of smart cities and smart city projects.
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This article was originally published on the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project’s website
Energy bills and carbon emissions in Europe are increasing due to the high use of ICT equipment and services. But, with a wise energy and environmental efficiency strategy, savings up to 15% of global emissions can be made by 2020! It’s crucial for Europe become sustainable in their ICT.
ICTFOOPRINT.eu raises awareness about sustainable ICT and helping ICT sector make the most of the benefits which wise energy management brings like higher energy efficiency and less energy costs
On 20th October, ICT players attended the 2nd ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinar, getting to know several ICT tools and services for energy management, which help them decreasing the energy consumption of ICT equipment. This allows lower costs in energy bills and even higher levels of ICT performance efficiency.
Jaak Vlasveld (Director of GreenIT Amsterdam) and Rabih Bashroush (Coordinator of Eureca project), are both energy experts with a wide experience on energy efficiency in ICT. They gave valuable pragmatic information about energy efficiency in ICT with high potential to benefit ICT players, without compromising the performance of their ICT equipment, especially in data centres.
Sources of Energy Loss
It is common that only 1% of the energy is used by the CPU’s equipment, compared to the amount of energy that has to be generated so the equipment can work.
And many times servers are using only 10% or 15% of their full capacity, meaning that energy waste is unacceptably high. Many are the reasons why ICT equipment are inefficient but there are many ways to fight against this “energy loss chain”!
Sustainable ICT is crucial for world’s sustainability!
How to procure and manage sustainable ICT?
Jaak Vlasveld explained how to achieve energy efficiency gains without impacting performance and stability of ICT, thanks to sustainable ICT approaches.
- Energy Efficiency from hardware & software: If you monitor energy consumption, it is possible to decide where optimisation must be applied. SEFLab, from Greening the Cloud Project, created sensor technologies which can measure the individual energy used by software running on each individual server component, decreasing the overall energy consumption.
- Doing experiments on energy consumption: Doing different experiments and analysing energy consumption is a way to identify where energy savings can be achieved. One example showcased allowed savings of 25% thanks to this approach, while another allowed savings of 46%.
- High energy savings from processor’s optimization: Applying Demand Based Switching technology, where a processor automatically reduces its clock speed during limited utilisation, allows electricity savings around 20%, without affecting the equipment’s performance.
- Equipment’s Consolidation is an option as well: Energy gains can come from consolidation of existing servers without buying more modern servers with better power performance. Servers’ consolidation, together with the virtualisation of the hardware where applications are hosted can allow savings of up to 50%.
High Energy Savings potential from Public Procurement
Public sector has a big potential for energy savings in his hands!
- £90 million was the annual UK Universities ICT electricity bill in 2012, where 60% was due to servers.
- European Public sector spends 19% of its GDP on Energy bills (€2.200 Billions).
- Data centres are responsible for 3% of global electricity supply and for 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions (the same carbon footprint as the airline industry).
According to Rabih Bashroush, there are many challenges for the Public sector to improve their energy efficiency, one of them being the lack of technical expertise.
The Eureca project supports the public sector by:
- Helping them identify energy savings opportunities.
- Providing an easy-to-use online tool, focused on data centres, to guide, train and support with a customised report, highlighting energy savings opportunities and relevant areas of the EU Code of Conduct that can be applied.
- Organising training and networking sessions on data centres energy efficiency targeting data centre managers, procurers, and policy makers.
Eight European smart city projects have teamed up with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC) initiative to showcase their achievements in building a strong community of smart cities in Europe.
They will have a joint stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from 15 to 17 November.
Representatives and partners of Horizon 2020 ‘lighthouse’ projects GrowSmarter, REMOURBAN, Triangulum, REPLICATE, Sharing cities, and SmartEnCity, as well as supporting actions CITYkeys, ESPRESSO and GDC will be on hand to inform visitors, answer questions, and present their work in speaking sessions.
GrowSmarter, REMOURBAN and Triangulum are in their second year of implementation, while REPLICATE, Sharing Cities, and SmartEnCity were launched in 2016. The consortia of these projects implement their plans in demonstration areas with the active involvement of ‘follower’ cities. Forty-four cities participate in this work. By engaging citizens and exploiting synergies, the partners work together to improve urban services and infrastructure.
The EIP-SCC is a key EU initiative aimed at creating an open, collaborative marketplace for smart city solutions. It brings together around 5,000 partners – cities, industry, SMEs, banks, research organisations, and other actors – from all over Europe.
Supporting actions will also be represented at our stand: CITYkeys, which has developed key performance indicators for the measurement and transparent monitoring of smart cities and smart city projects; ESPRESSO, which develops a conceptual smart city information framework based on open standards; and the Green Digital Charter, a EUROCITIES initiative that commits cities to work together to deliver on the EU’s objectives of promoting the use of digital technologies and address the challenges of growth, sustainability and resilience.
The GDC team will host a cocktail reception in the evening on 16 November.
For further information on the Smart City Expo World Congress, click here to visit the official webpage of the event.
We invited experts in the field of smart lighting to our 10 October 2016 webinar.
A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/2rqmz7A.
Following a brief summary of the Green Digital Charter (GDC) training activities and agenda, Ingjerd Bratterud, head of project section, parks and street department, city of Stavanger, walked us through the story of how her city came to use LED lighting in public spaces.
The energy company Lyse owns, develops, and operates the public lighting systems in Stavanger and its neighbouring municipalities. It started testing LED lamps in 2008. Currently around 1,300 lighting fixtures are equipped with LED lamps. Between 2016 and 2019, about 6,600 mercury vapour lamps will be replaced with LED lights in Stavanger.
Bratterud gave some hints and tips about what is important to consider when investing in LED fixtures, and she also summed up the functional requirements of such systems. Switching to LED lamps can reduce energy consumption and costs, lower the environmental impact, and enhance the quality of life of citizens. Stavanger is well on its way to becoming a smart city. Bratterud’s presentation was followed by a lively discussion.
Arthur Noordhoek, adviser and project leader lighting, city of Eindhoven, has played an active role in his city’s transition to smart lighting. Eindhoven’s prime aim with the LEDification of its lighting fixtures is to save energy and promote sustainability. The city understands that public lighting contributes to road safety and adds value to society.
In Eindhoven, the installation of LED lamps has resulted in 25% extra energy savings. In 2012, the city developed its 2030 Vision and Roadmap on Urban Lighting. Eindhoven is determined to employ innovative technologies and involve the citizens in addressing socially relevant issues. According to Noordhoek, there is no victory without the end users’ involvement. “Our citizens are the only ones who can judge if the solutions fit or not”, he said.
Neil Platt, special projects manager, street lighting, at Balfour Beatty (contracting partner of Coventry City) presented his city’s private finance initiative (PFI). Coventry completed its core investment programme within five years of its launch. Between year six and year 25, they will be in “maintenance mode”. In Coventry, nearly 100% of the columns, lanterns, and subway and city centre lighting fixtures have been replaced and solar bollards have been installed.
Platt explained the city’s investment methodology and demonstrated that smart lighting can indeed maximise energy savings. Real savings come from full redesign and value engineering, he said. The table below provides further technical details.
The city of Tampere and eight other municipalities in its region participate in the Green Digital Charter (GDC), a EUROCITIES initiative promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities. The Tampere Central Region 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.
Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen signed the GDC on 18 October on the sidelines of EUROCITIES’ mobility and knowledge society forums meeting at Tampere Hall. The signing was also attended by Mary-Ann Schreurs, Deputy Mayor of Eindhoven and chair of the EUROCITIES knowledge society forum. The city of Tampere agreed to the terms and principles of the Charter on 26 September. The Tampere region municipalities included in the data administration co-operation have also subscribed to the Green Digital Charter.
“Our objective is that in 2025 the people of Tampere would mainly use digital services. Once the services are user-friendly and work smoothly, they make our lives easier and cut unnecessary red tape, use of time, energy consumption and traffic,” said Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen at the signing event.
One example she cited was Tampere’s intention to replace existing street lighting with LED lights. This project is expected to reduce the city’s electricity consumption by up to 30% by 2020, and by an estimated 60% in the longer run.
Tampere aims to include sustainable development in all its practices to deliver benefits to the local community and the business sector. The city also encourages actions to prevent social exclusion. To this end, it intends to create an environment for open innovation; enhance citizens’ participation through the use of digital technologies; and strengthen cooperation with the European Network of Living Labs.
Tampere is one of Finland’s six cities that are members of the EUROCITIES network. In 2009, Tampere signed and committed to the goals of the EUROCITIES declaration on climate change. This document and the GDC intend to promote sustainable development, energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon emissions with ICT solutions.
The underlying 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.
20th October – 12h00 CEST
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Why should you join it?
- Free webinar, requiring less than 1 hour of your time.
- You will learn from the experts how to start improving the energy efficiency of your business.
- You will receive a focused overview on ICT sustainability & you will clearly understand what your business should do about it.
- You will hear European Success Stories about implementing energy efficiency.
Who will be speaking?
With a background in innovative technology evaluation & design processes and his more than ten years of experience in smart computing and ICT infrastructure, he is one of the main proponents of sustainability in ICT.
As the director of the Enterprise Computing Research Group & with his wide experience as professor in major English Universities, Rabih’s experience is highly focused on ICT & computing engineering.
The eafip Workshop for public procurers in the Energy sector (ministries, regional and local authorities, agencies, public utility entities, etc.) will be held in the Europahuset in Stockholm, Sweden on the 23rd November 2016.
The aim of the event will be to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on the framework of exploration, extraction, production, transport and distribution of energy.
The workshop will feature:
- Presentation / networking discussion on the EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 calls).
- Presentation of case examples and lessons learned.
- Presentation / networking discussion on the eafip Toolkit (aimed to support you in preparing your innovation procurement).
The workshop is open to public contracting authorities who have a unique chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas, and much more. All procurers have an opportunity to briefly present their ideas / plan / projects in the parallel sessions.
Please note that this event will be held in English.
Event’s website: http://eafip.eu/events/workshops/energy_workshop/
During our 19 September webinar, dedicated to smart city standards, Christophe Colinet, chair of the EUROCITIES standards and interoperability working group and smart city project manager at Bordeaux Metropole, presented the conclusions of the 29 April WG meeting in Rennes and reiterated the working group’s objectives. He highlighted the main points of the European Commission’s communication entitled ‘ICT standardisation priorities for the digital single market‘, and identified ways to align the WG’s objectives to the Commission’s priorities.
Together with Nikolaos Kontinakis, project coordinator at EUROCITIES, they explained the CITYkeys standardisation process and emphasised the role of key performance indicators (KPIs) in making cities interoperable and transparent. The CITYkeys project’s KPIs are set to be endorsed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
- See their PowerPoint presentation here
Dr. Omar Elloumi, chair of OneM2M technical plenary, Nokia Bell-Labs and CTO group, presented his organisation, OneM2M, and explained its vision, structure, and role in smart city development. Open standards, open sources, and interoperability can effectively support the building of a smart city.
Our next webinars will focus on smart lighting (10 October) and green ICT (7 November).
- More information and registration here
Signatory cities are invited to recommend topics and speakers for our future webinars.
The brokerage event will provide an opportunity for municipal representatives to develop consortia and present project ideas in response to the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities 2017 call for proposals for lighthouse projects, and to learn from the results of the previous round of Smart Cities and Communities call.
Representatives of the European Commission (DG ENER, DG MOVE and DG CONNECT) will present the 2017 Horizon 2020 call for proposals under the European Innovation Partnership for Smart cities and Communities, and will sum up the lessons learned from the previous round of applications.
Representatives of the ongoing smart cities projects and supporting actions will also be on hand to discuss their work and the factors that contribute to their success.
During the event, you are invited to present your project idea, which could contribute to proactive matchmaking between potential projects. Please note that the number of presentations is limited, and slots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Event’s website: Covenant of Mayors
Organiser: Covenant of Mayors Office & EUROCITIES
Contact and registration: Anja De Cunto firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was originally published on www.scottishcities.org
The Scottish Cities Alliance is leading a consortium of Smart Cities to the European Week of Regions and Cities Conference in Brussels.
The Smart Cities – Smart Ambitions workshop “Inter-city approaches to funding and delivering Smart Ambitions” aims to build relationships in a bid to achieve collective smart ambitions.
The partnership involves more than 20 cities from countries including Denmark, Basque Country in Spain, Finland, Poland and Scotland and is supported by the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative.
The aim of the event will focus on simplifying the European Structural Investment Funds and provide the opportunity for cities within a member state to deliver their collective Smart Cities’ ambitions.
The workshop will be held at Scotland House in Brussels on 11th October 2016 as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. It will look to build upon the collective experience of city partnerships across a number of member states to adopt an inter-city approach to the Smart Cities agenda.
Registration for the Smart Cities, Smart Ambitions event opens on the 8th July – visit the EWRC website for further details. http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/regions-and-cities/2016/register.cfm
This article was originally published on ictfootprint.eu
Why energy efficiency ICT solutions are important
Around 55% of ICT companies find it hard to make resource efficiency a part of their core business. The most common barriers are the lack of awareness, tangible benefits, and knowledge to identify the right solutions for the business. Energy efficiency and low carbon footprint provides competitive advantages, as wise energy consumption can help the ICT sector save €600 billion by 2020.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace: a new business space for sustainable ICT
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu just launched a free online marketplace that brings together a roaster of reliable ICT solution providers, the so-called “sellers”, and will help organisations, the so-called “buyers”, find the sustainable ICT solution they need in order to improve their competitiveness on the European market. The marketplace does not take any commission from buyers or sellers.
The marketplace is organised into 6 categories: hardware, software, connectivity, data management, advisory/consultancy, and certification & other services.
Buyers’ benefits include:
- Access the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu database of reliable & sustainable ICT products & services;
- Find a potential supplier with the right sustainable solution for their ICT needs;
- Publish specific requests for ICT sustainable & energy efficient solutions;
- Conveniently discover and find the most suitable services and products offered by different suppliers.
Sellers’ benefits include:
- Find new business opportunities with the right community of buyers;
- Understand the needs of the buyers and provide specific solutions;
- Monitor the market trend in sustainable ICT solutions and address quickly buyers’ needs;
- Compete with other sellers and be recognised as the sustainable solutions seller.
Service providers are welcome to join the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace after being recognised as sustainable suppliers through an application process. Sellers must offer carbon/energy efficient products, propose services which deliver carbon and energy savings, and have a specific statement of their commitment for a sustainable approach.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu gathers together a high-qualified community motivated to address the challenge of improving Europe’s energy efficiency.
Why are life cycle assessment (LCA) based methodologies important?
Why do we need to continue to work on these approaches?
This paper looks at the various methodologies on offer or in development and then compares their capabilities and objectives with the expectations of the various stakeholders: government, industry and academia. It concludes that LCA is an important tool in helping us understand the carbon impact of ICT, but it is not a cure-all. Just like any other tool, LCA should be used for the purpose for which it is designed: for identifying the most carbon intensive points in the lifecycle and directing reduction efforts accordingly. LCA is also appropriate for comparing the carbon impact of different supply chains (sourcing copper in Australia as opposed to Brazil) or comparing different technologies (reading a newspaper compared to an e-reader).
The European Commission has decided to single out the most used and successful IT solutions and services in the public sector through the new EC Sharing and Reuse Awards to promote the visibility of such solutions and to encourage their reuse.
In public administrations across Europe, countless IT solutions and services are in place that could often easily be reused by other public administrations. Reuse of successful existing software would stop continuous reinvention of the wheel and could help to save time and costs for users and administrations alike and increase interoperability between systems.
Winners will receive EUR 15 000 and EUR 10 000 in prize money respectively for IT solutions and services that meet the criteria in one of the four categories:
- cross-border administrations
- national administrations
- regional administrations
- local administrations
Contenders that would like to participate in the competition for the ‘Sharing & Reuse Award’ can register their project. The competition is open until 28 October 2016 and the prizes will be announced in March 2017.
The ISA² programme of the European Commission promotes the modernisation of public administrations through more than 20 solutions that foster interoperability, sharing and reuse.
Who can participate?
Only solutions developed by or for public administrations will qualify for the Sharing & Reuse Awards. If the solution has been developed by a private entity on behalf of a public administration, the reward will go to the public administration concerned.
The jury of the competition will include staff members working for the European Council, the European Commission and for the European Parliament.
For further information
June 24, 2016
The EU-funded SSL-erate (solid state lighting) project is intended to accelerate the use of LED lighting in Europe. Among the project partners are EUROCITIES members Stavanger and Malmo, and the universities of Munich and Flanders.
The three pillars of the project are: human-centric lighting; open innovation; and sustainable development.
- Human-centric lighting: Light is the most powerful regulator of people’s day-night rhythm. It has a number of ‘non-visual’ effects, including the power to energise, relax, and increase alertness, cognitive performance and mood. A human-centric lighting solution for any given non-visual effect therefore requires a tailor-made approach, based on a solid understanding of the specific context and environmental conditions. Find out more about human-centric lighting by clicking here
- Open Innovation: This approach involves promoting collaboration between companies across the value chain, customers – such as municipalities, schools or hospitals – and knowledge institutes. The goal is to work together on creating useful new solutions: products, services, strategic collaborations or business models. You can find background material and case studies on open innovation here
- Sustainable development in smart cities: The energy saving potential of solid state lighting (SSL) is well known. The work within the SSL-erate project stresses that SSL is even more important in terms of the social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. You can find out more in various case studies and recommendations for green business opportunities here
Visit the lightingforpeople (lightingforpeople.eu) platform for the latest information on the results of the project.
On behalf of the EIP SCC Business Models, Finance & Procurement Action Cluster:
“We are happy to invite you to join our webinar on the CITYnvest project: ‘Increasing Capacities in Cities for Innovating Financing in Energy Efficiency’ that will take place on July 8th 2016 starting at 11.30h CET.
The webinar will be presented by Miguel Casas, Senior Partner of Energinvest (project partner of CITYnvest). He will focus on the presentation of the CITYnvest study and on the review of local authority innovative large scale retrofit financing and operational models.
CITYnvest is an EU-funded project that focuses on supporting and replicating successful innovative financing models for energy efficiency renovations in public buildings.
Miguel Casas will talk about the 24 case studies analysed by CITYnvest and will present three examples of financing and operational models: Liège, Murcia and Rodhope. The 24 analysed models address large scale and deep energy efficiency programmes involving public authorities across Europe (11 countries). At the end, there will be time for questions and answers.”
Besides we would like to kindly remind you we are looking for case studies on business models that can serve as good examples for other smart city initiatives. Therefore, we encourage you to share your experience in this field by sending the CANVAS template filled with the information about your smart city project by 4th September 2016 to Anja De Cunto: Anja.DeCunto@eurocities.eu
If you already have a case study of your business model ready in another format, feel free to send it to us in the format/template you already have.”
A webinars series to support competitiveness of European SMEs in the ICT sector
Why Webinars on energy efficiency in ICT?
SMEs are the backbone of the European economy, with almost 800,000 of them playing in the ICT sector, where they employ some 5.8 million workers. Besides, ICT is currently responsible for 8-10% of the European Union’s electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions, but 55% of firms say they find it hard to make resource efficiency a part of their core business.
The ICT sector could save EUR 600 billion thanks to energy efficiency in 2020 by decreasing just 15% of its emissions, according to a report from The Climate Group. There is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to take a leading role in energy efficiency and to reduce the overall costs. Approaching the topic of energy efficiency and carbon footprint now ensures your SME a competitive edge for the coming years!
1st Webinar – 12th July 2016 – “How Energy efficiency can lead your business growth”
SMEs must plan their strategy to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint: The first webinar provided by ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is an opportunity to get a head start along this path, by gaining free, insightful and updated knowledge on ICT energy efficiency.
In this 30-minute webinar, Silvana Muscella, CEO of Trust-IT Services, and Benoît Tinetti from Deloitte Sustainability will share their broad experience on the value of energy efficiency in ICT. The relevance of sustainable energy measures in ICT will be explained, showing how it leads to business growth and competitive edge. The audience will learn how ICTFOOTPRINT.eu can help in the journey to energy efficiency. The webinar will present also the business opportunities stemming from launch of the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu online marketplace.
The webinar brings together both demand & supply side of more environmentally friendly solutions in ICT: organisations willing to adopt low-carbon footprint and energy efficient solutions for their ICT needs, as well as low-carbon footprint solution providers. A level playing field will be established to accelerate the uptake of energy efficient ICT solutions among ICT-intensive organisations in Europe.
The webinar is for any European ICT player that needs to improve its energy efficiency in ICT. To join the webinar (July 12th at 14:30 CEST) is free of charge: simply register here https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13847/212601
ICT Webinars for information, training and support: A series of 12 events, free of cost and open to all
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is launching a series of 12 on-line webinars. From July 12th 2016 and until late 2018, ICTFOOTPRINT.eu will inform, encourage and support players of the ICT sector to adopt energy efficiency processes in their businesses. ICTFOOTPRINT.eu will offer a compelling set of tips and tools to tackle energy efficiency themes and let you enjoy competitive edge from practicing energy efficiency in your ICT processes & procedures.
The launch of the online consultation of the Citizen Focus Manifesto, Inclusive Smart Cities: A European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, has recently been announced.
The Citizen Focus Action Cluster of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) has prepared a first version of this policy document along the past months. At the General Assembly, further inputs have been collected and integrated in the version you’ll find online as a living document. The aim of the Citizen Focus Action Cluster is to refine this version in a participatory process open to comments and feedbacks from cities, regions and smart cities stakeholders across Europe.
The Consultation will last until September 15th. After that time, they will consolidate the document and start the membership campaign. The final version of the Manifesto will be presented with its signatories at the Conference on Inclusive Smart Cities due to take place on November 23rd in Brussels.
If you misses the exciting and interesting F2F open market consultations from Antwerp, Helsinki and Copenhagen don’t worry, you will still have the chance to ask SELECT for Cities representatives live questions about our PCP tender via the webinar we are organizing on June 28th from 4-6 PM, CET time when we will also present the project overall.
This webinar is opened to anyone interested in the PCP procurement competition. In order to participate just click on this link. Looking forward to seeing you all !
The role information and communication technology-based (ICT) solutions can play in improving energy efficiency and energy security across Europe, and ways to make ICT ‘greener’ were on the agenda of a half-day Green Digital Charter (GDC) workshop organised by EUROCITIES on 16 June in Brussels. The participants in the event, held in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, also discussed initiatives aimed at increased citizen involvement and more efficient knowledge management.
Fourteen speakers took the floor in four sessions. They included officials of the European Commission, as well as academics and representatives of smart cities and green ICT organisations.
Vast untapped potential
Cities have vast – although as yet largely untapped – potential to lead by example. By sharing their strategies and exhibiting their projects, they can encourage and enthuse their hesitant peers, said one of the speakers. The examples cited included Linköping municipality’s data centre, which is run by hydropower, and the ‘virtualisation’ of the servers in Nantes metropole, which has resulted in over 10,000 kWh of energy savings a year. In Amsterdam, the switch to green ICT solutions for power management has led to 20% less energy being consumed.
Meanwhile, joint projects are also busy developing tools and methods to harness this potential. The ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project aims to create a common framework and online tools for the measurement of energy and environmental efficiency in the ICT sector; and GREENSPECTOR is a software ecodesign solution for software developers to reduce their power consumption.
Working with citizens
According to David Ludlow, associate professor European smart cities at the University of the West of England, data are fundamental to shaping the future of cities. Accordingly, municipal authorities should spare no effort to collaborate with citizens on issues related to the collection and use of data.
Alec Walker-Love, communication specialist for the CITyFiED project, said that citizen engagement requires more than effective communication. In this process, the decision makers must heed the public’s concerns, ideas, needs and values. There is no long-term behaviour change without an inclusive and collaborative approach to decision making, he said.
The Sharing Cities ‘lighthouse’ programme was cited as one that puts citizens in the equation. It entails several engaging activities, where citizens are encouraged to co-design services and digital interfaces. Finally, a representative of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) explained how and why they place people at the heart of product development and innovation.
Knowledge sharing a key to success
Knowledge sharing is a key element of the smart city concept. It entails power networking and solution-focused collaboration. EUROCITIES regularly brings together its members (politicians and technical experts alike) and encourages them to exchange views about their local ambitions and challenges and to learn from each other.
A representative of the European Energy Award, a very important scheme that involves hundreds of cities in Central Europe, presented the network’s methods for planning, implementing and monitoring energy and climate-related projects and how it brings cities and stakeholders together to create an ecosystem of organisations and best practices.
The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) provides information based on data and results collected from smart city projects. Its objectives are to enable stakeholders to compare notes; identify best practices; and discuss challenges and solutions. The SCIS submits policy recommendations to the European Commission.
The aim of the CITYkeys project is to design a holistic framework for monitoring, measuring and comparing the performance and implementation of smart city solutions and projects in European cities. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are a powerful tool for communicating project status, progress, and feasibility both internally and externally.
The speakers’ presentations are available here:
- Charlotte Spoerndli – International office, European Energy Award
- David Ludlow – Associate Professor European Smart Cities, University of the West of England, URBIS and DECUMANUS Solutions
- Fredrik Eriksson – ICT Strategy Officer, City of Linköping
- Thierry Leboucq – Chairman, GREENSPECTOR
- Matthieu Clavier – Digital Infrastructure Chief Architect, Nantes Metropole
- Jaak Vlasveld – Director, Green IT Amsterdam
- Nikolaos Kontinakis – Project coordinator, EUROCITIES, ICTfootprint.eu project
- Alec Walker-Love – Communication Specialist, CITyFiED & My Smart City District
- Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele – Smart cities project coordinator, EUROCITIES, Sharing Cities project
- Paul Davies – Head of Bristol-Brussels Office, SoLa Bristol project
- Miimu Airaksinen – Research Professor and Programme Manager, VTT
- Yana Pargova – Communication Project Manager, GOPACom, Smart Cities Information System (SCIS)
We speak to Christophe Colinet, smart city project manager in Bordeaux, one of the signatories of our Green Digital Charter, about what becoming smarter means for his city.
Can you describe your role in the city in a few words?
I joined the city of Bordeaux in 2005 as head of operational maintenance for infrastructure for the city’s servers. In 2008, I created a new R&D service dedicated to innovative technical solutions adapted to Bordeaux’s information system, and then in 2012 I took over the digital territory management. At the beginning of this year, I joined the Metropolis administration following a partnership between the city of Bordeaux, eight surrounding cities and the agglomeration to create a single digital department. As smart city project manager, I’m now in charge of smart city and European digital projects for the metropolis area.
What does ‘smart city’ mean to Bordeaux?
For Bordeaux, the smart city is a new societal model that puts citizens, businesses and all territorial stakeholders at the centre of the community’s concerns. The European Innovation Partnership’s (EIP) definition reflects this approach: ‘Smart cities should be regarded as systems of people interacting with and using flows of energy, materials, services, and financing to catalyse sustainable economic development, resilience and high quality of life; these flows and interactions become smart through making strategic use of information and communication infrastructure and services in a process of transparent urban planning and management that is responsive to the social and economic needs of society.’
Do you have a smart city strategy or plan in place?
Given the new organisation in our city, our smart city strategy is not yet in place, but still in progress. We aim to publish it later this year or in early 2017.
How will you measure or evaluate its results?
The strategy is still being defined, but I will propose using the CITYkeys key performance indicators for smart cities to assess the progress of our smart city strategy.
From your experience, what are the main challenges Bordeaux faces in the transition to a ‘smarter’ city?
The main challenge is getting the support and strong political backing to assume the transition to become a smarter city. This is a subject that should be dealt with at the highest political level. With that in place, the supporting administrative organisation can deliver the necessary services based on this political will.
What is the role of the citizens? How are you involving them in this effort?
Over the last two to three years, we have launched various initiatives involving citizens in building the smart city, but as yet not on a large scale. For example, 100 families are now involved in an incentive programme for energy management called ‘Familles à énergie positive’.
Another programme called ‘Les pionniers’ allowed us to recruit 100 citizens to evaluate mobile applications and other web services provided by the metropolis.
Bordeaux is one of the Green Digital Charter signatories. How do you expect to benefit from that initiative?
Bordeaux already benefits from signing the charter. It has allowed us to build inter-departmental working groups that are live for a period of two years in the city of Bordeaux, and these are now spreading to the metropolis departments. In my opinion, our signature of the charter was the first building block in our smart city dissemination strategy.
Can you pick one idea or project that the city feels proud of and you would like to share with us?
Compass 4D is a project of which we are proud as it brings together all the criteria we seek to implement in the Bordeaux Smart City project. It is a transversal project, which we share at European level with five other cities. It involves citizens, local businesses and all communities and provides services that aim to build a more sustainable and secure city with a higher quality of life.
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This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website: http://bit.ly/1Y5ZcrT
Energy consumption in the ICT sector accounts for almost 10% of electricity consumption in the European Union. By decreasing emissions by just 15%, the ICT sector can make savings of €600 billion by 2020.
The 18th May 2016, had a select group of experts striving for a greener economy gathered in Brussels to discuss the adoption across the European Union of new energy efficiency metrics and methodologies in the drive towards greener and more sustainable ICT-Information and Communication Technologies.
The meeting hosted at the European Commission premises was a first step towards consensus building around the value of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu, a timely European initiative for creating awareness on energy efficiency best practices while giving ICT players the tools they need to put them into practice.
Lowering entry barriers to energy efficiency
Deloitte Sustainability highlighted a major concern emerging from its most recent survey. Almost 50% of the companies surveyed are unfamiliar about ICT methodologies designed to help their organisations become more energy efficient, which clearly impedes cost reductions and ultimately environmental impact. Barriers to implementing the necessary actions span lack of time, incentives, knowledge and especially lack of tangible evidence about benefits to be gained.
These findings helped to shape the agenda of the ‘End-user requirements gathering and validation’ meeting with its focus on the role of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu in enabling practical implementation with affordable investments in effective methodologies, which are key to reaching energy efficiency targets and facilitating sustainable energy strategies.
New ICT Marketplace and Services on the Horizon
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu will be launching its ICT marketplace in summer 2016, connecting the demand and supply sides, where SMEs interested in adopting low-carbon footprint solutions can match their requirements with solutions available. Not only will the marketplace help level the playing field, it will also go a long way in speeding up the adoption of energy efficient ICT solutions.
Complementary value-add services from ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is a new suite of webinars to facilitate the adoption of a common framework driven by ICTFOOTPRINT.eu. But it doesn’t stop here, December 2016 sees the launch online services, free for users to help raise awareness on this important topic.
Participants spanning ICT experts and representatives of the European Commission concur that ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marks an important step towards enabling ICT players (users or suppliers of ICT products and solutions) of all sizes in adopting new metrics and novel approaches by helping them calculate their ICT energy and carbon footprint free of charge. ICTFOOTPRINT.eu will be particularly important in lowering investment barriers for SMEs, demonstrating energy cost savings, better brand recognition and sustainable business development.
Presentations from the meeting are available on the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Slideshare account.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu (www.ictfootprint.eu) is a 36-month European support action in the field of energy & environmental efficiency in ICT. It is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme and will help organisations to be efficient & reduce their carbon footprint, through a platform with online services in the field of energy & environmental efficiency, including:
practical information related to energy and carbon footprint methodologies & indicators, advisory services to green procurement, and one-on-one help desk services.
Join ICTFOOTPRINT.eu continuously growing community: