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REPLICATE-workshopSome 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:

Contact: Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, Sharing Cities, EUROCITIES (


Where : INEA premises, Chaussée de Wavre 910, B-1049, Brussels (BELGIUM)

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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.

Draft programme available at

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data-protection-lockersThe conference will be preceeded by a technical training for cities’ data officers on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). See:

Limited number of seats available (25 pers. max). Register now

data-protection-lockersAs 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).

Learning objectives?

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).

Contact persons:

  • Rebecca Portail, GDC/GuiDanCE project support officer at rebecca.portail[at]
  • Antony Page, UrbanDNA (expert & trainer) at[at]


Agenda: Programme-GDPR-training_Green-Digital-Charter_22-01-2018

Participation is limited. Register now at


In French, smart cities are “villes intelligentes”; and for the third year in a row, Le Monde is willing to reward the best urban innovations happening in France, Europe and beyond.

How will the cities of the future look like? How innovation can benefit cities’ inhabitants, while respecting citizens’ privacy and including the whole population? What new services will allow to progress in the energetic transition and the circular economy?


The jury, composed of academics, urbanists and architects but also experts from the private sector, public companies and NGOs, will examine 5 categories of project

  • Civic participation
  • Housing
  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Cultural action
  • Urban innovation (social innovation or circular economy)

Winning projects in each category will receive: 1 000€ and an article on Le Monde. In addition, one project will be awarded with the Jury Price (2 000€).

Deadlines for applications :

25 February 2018 : European projects

13 May 2018 : projects outside Europe

Applications must be submitted on Le Monde Agorize online platform:
Read the rules here.

Follow the competition on Twitter @lemonde_cities

eipscc-v2In 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)

register here to the webinar

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

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


eipscc-v2In 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


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 or

Background information

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 FrenchItalian, Portuguese, GermanRussian 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. 

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Christophe Colinet, Bordeaux Métropole

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

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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.

Claire Boyer
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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 ( 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


Our speakers:

Rabih-Bashroush-pictureDr. Rabih Bashroush is the Coordinator of the H2020 EURECA project and the Director of the Enterprise Computing research group ( 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 ( 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.

Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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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.

Join our smart cities session


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)

Go directly to the application form

or Find out more about the eafip Assistance


The eafip initiative has so far provided Assistance to seven success stories across the EU:


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 have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or sign-up for updates.

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.



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Iordana​ ​Eleftheriadou,​ ​Policy​ ​coordinator​ ​for​ ​Digital​ ​Transformation,​ ​alongside​ ​the​ ​First​ ​VP​ ​of​ ​the Committee​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Regions,​ ​Markku​ ​Markkula,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​launch​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Cities​ ​Challenge

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


logo_enThe​ ​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)

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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.

IRIS: integrated and replicable solutions for co-creation in sustainable cities

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

twitter: @IRISsmartcities


EUROCITIES, in collaboration with the Sharing Cities project, is pleased to invite you to our annual brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities call.

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 :

More information (and detailed agenda) on EUROCITIES website or

Lighthouse project funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, mySMARTlife ( brings together 28 partners from 7 countries to build a new kind of environment-friendly cities by reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the use of renewable energies.

Objectives: Smart City – Smart Economy – Smart People
  • Use of renewable energy sources
  • Inclusive cities
  • Involving citizens
  • Digitalisation of cities through urban platforms

More than 150 actions are being demonstrated in 3 ‘lighthouse’ cities (Nantes, Hamburg and Helsinki). Their experiences will then be passed on to four ‘follower’ cities (Bydgoszcz, Varna, Rijeka and Palencia) to set up their own urban transformation plans.

Nantes, Helsinki and Rijeka are three signatory cities of the Green Digital Charter. Rijeka was awarded last year best GDC project on ‘Promoting open & interoperable solutions’ (for the iURBAN project).

Follow the project

mySMARTLife newsletter is published twice a year, giving you regular updates about the latest developments in the Lighthouse and Follower cities.  To receive it automatically in your mailbox, register through this link:

Discover the first newsletter at

The project is also on Twitter (@mySMARTLife_eu) and LinkedIn (closed group).

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. – the official website for Nice candidacy to the iCapital Award 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

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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, 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


Next activities

  • UEC 2nd Event Cluster 10-12 October 2017, Brussels – More information on
  • 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

Two ways to register :

  • Online registration tickets on EventBrite (here)
  • Email registration : please RSVP before 25 September 2017 to Dr. Chang Liu at indicating the following information (First Name – Last Name – Email Address – Occupation – Company/Organisation – Number of Tickets)


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
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.


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ETSI – the European Telecommunications Standards Institute [1] – announced the publication of TS 103 463 that defines indicators for smart cities in Europe.

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.

The set of indicators is based on the work delivered by the EU-funded project CITYkeys in the last two and a half years and especially the sets of KPIs that the project developed. 

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.


The first version of TS 103 463 is publicly available and be downloaded from the ETSI online database [4].


(updated on 28 August 2017)

Four GDC signatories among finalists for the iCapital Award 2017

iCapital poster – European Commission website

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

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




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

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

SCEWC 2017-themes

8 themes for 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.

eipscc-v2The 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.

View the Agenda >>


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

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


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

Since 2015, Gemeente Amsterdam (OIS) is managing City Data ( / 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).

What’s next?

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

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eipscc-v2On 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
  • 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


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].

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 Benefit from early-bird tickets (-10%) until 20 August!



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.



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EGCThe calls for the European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 awards are now open.

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.”

• All information about the application process of the European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 awards
• Applications to both awards can be submitted until 18 October.


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 :


Contact person:

Inga vom Hagen-Hülsberg  (Project Manager, Project Development), Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH,

URBACT showcases 97 Good Practices for sustainable urban development, all accessible on a searching database providing city practitioners with a snapshot of the practice, why it works and who to contact for more details.

Among them, three GDC signatory cities stand out for investing in digital to impulse participatory change in their more disadvantaged neighbourhoods. For these local authorities, ICT are key enablers to inclusive urban regeneration and social innovation. For this reason, they deserve some attention.


  • street-art-robotsThe Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing presents itself as a new of co-creating smarter cities, designed to tackle social exclusion, poverty and environmental problems by empowering disadvantaged communities with opportunities to develop new knowledge, digital skills and open source tools.
  • In Bari, a former disused school has been transformed into a Creative Hub (Spazio 13) where digital communication and technologies play they part in regenerating the city’s suburb.
  • In Murcia, granting free Internet to citizens (in classrooms, information-points and through municipal Wi-Fi) is a major measure. Technological innovation is also a pillar of the participative urban regeneration process of the district ‘el Barrio del Espiriti Santo’.


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

traffic-lights-bike-pedestrianSince 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 (


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

Noud Rommen: ‘When it works it’s excellent. There are a lot of older people in my block. This means they can cross safely’. Photograph: Gordon Darroch for the Guardian

“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.”

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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

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eipscc-v2The 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

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.

Nathalie Guri, EUROCITIES’ project and knowledge-sharing director with Amadeu Portilha, deputy-mayor of Guimaraes

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.”


deputy mayor Amadeu Portilha signing the Charter

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ESPON 2020 Cooperqtion Programme seeks to get a better understanding of the urban dimensions of digital transition in Europe. This Europe-wide survey seeks to collect data on the level of digitalisation of cities based on the opinions and perceptions of local government authorities and organisations providing public services. Main target groups are city officials dealing with the provision of public services and ICT.

Participate in the survey by completing the online questionnaire (available in EN, FR, DE, ES, IT).

Closing date for submissions:

Friday, the 7th of July 2017.


The study will allow European, national, regional and urban authorities to better understand the level of digitalisation of public services, to learn from others through benchmarking and to design actions for the future.

The results of the study will be made publicly available in September 2017 and will be used as inputs for discussions during the key meetings of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2017.


Contact : Martin Gauk,, ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme

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Tuesday 27 June

12:00 – 13:00 CEST (Brussels time) webinar

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 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 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.

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Artificial-intelligence-cranium-colorA report by a panel of leading experts on technology, business, and cities takes a deep dive into the changes that will come about as a result of one key new technology—artificial intelligence.

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.


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 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.

Read: Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and chair of EUROCITIES Environment Forum, “Cities are key players in the clean energy transition”, EurActiv, 19.06.2017

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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)


Part 1 : ChArGED, ‘Gamification for energy efficiency’

Part 2 : EMPOWER ‘Rewarding Change’ & hackAIR, ‘raising citizens’ awareness on air quality’


 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-websitehackAIR 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-websiteEMPOWER 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-website2ChArGED (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)

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València offers, in real time, data of air quality, car parks, bicycles and buses in a public portal with citizen dashboards
Preview of València "Al Minut" dashboard

Preview of València “Al Minut” dashboard

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.

know_computer_2The 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, 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”.

Preview of València' Geoportal

Preview of València’ Geoportal

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 (, 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” ( 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 (–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



Gothenburg’s CELSIUS pilot project shortlisted in public sector category

The CELSIUS project ( aims to make it easier for local authorities and energy companies to develop energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems.

Gothenburg_architecture_pixabayDistrict 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


More information on GDC/GuiDanCe training activities at


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.

Get insights from the visit in our storify timeline here!

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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]

Adaptation Scotland2On the second day, participants were invited in the Council’s main offices to discuss over Edinburgh’s sustainable development policy and objectives.

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




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.


 Moderated by Anja De Cunto (EUROCITIES), this webinar is organised by the SPICE project, in cooperation with EUROCITIES and the EIP-SCC initiative.

For any enquiry, please contact[a]

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Tampere_env_social_water_park_2(web)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.

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This infographic was originally published on the European Commission website

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


After Stockholm (2010), Nantes (2013) and Bristol (2015), will another GDC city be awarded greenest city in Europe in 2019?


SAVE THE DATE – Essen will host the award ceremony on 2 Jun e2017

To know more, visit the “European Green Capital” webpage. Would you like more information about it, please send an email to:

On 7-8 June 2017, Bordeaux will host a workshop on ‘Making Smart Cities Sustainable, from large-scale pilots to real-life deployment‘.

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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.

Please see the online programme together with the list of showcases that will take place during this event.

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.

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Last week 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 services, represented by Trust-IT Services (project coordinator) and EUROCITIES (project partner).

Smart cities as a key factor in ICT sustainability

Nantes-green-presentationA  20 minute presentation on “green insights” was also given explaining how 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.

Thanks to a policy of ‘low-carbon’ eco-labeled  IT equipment, Malmo city saved over 500.000 € in one year, while Linkoping decreased energy consumption by 30% (80.000 €).

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 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 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 presentation here

Get the 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.

Interested in the topic? The Future of Privacy Forum offers an interactive infographic on smart cities’ technologies and their implications for privacy [click 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.

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env_energy_saving_ECaudiovisual 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.

The Swedish cities of Malmö and Linköping are prime examples of cities prioritising carbon-neutral technologies when approaching the marketplace.

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]

(*) see: ICTFOOTPRINT.EU 5th webinar on Solutions for energy management & Life Cycle Assessment)

Thursday 27 April 2017

12:00-13:00 (CEST)


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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.

Silvana Muscella (ICTFOOTPRINT.EU project coordinator) monitored the webinar.



[*] 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

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

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ELENA – European Local Energy Assistance:
Inspiration from successful projects
27 April 2017 11:00 – 12:00
Online, Belgium

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


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5 days @CeBIT

Dr. Lutz Heuser, from the Urban Software Institute [ui!] presenting the Cockpit pilot

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.


EIP-SCC point of demonstration (Halle 7 – A14)

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 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)[1].

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.


Japan was the partner country of this 2017 edition

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.

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CHORA project "Conscious City" (TU Berlin)

CHORA project “Conscious City” (TU Berlin)

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

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.

[1] For a more detailed explanation of urban platforms, click here to download a presentation on Vivienne Avery (Greater London Authority) or at

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[1], 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.

Nathalie Guri (EUROCITIES project and knowledge-sharing Director) and Berend de Vries, (deputy mayor of Tilburg)

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[2] 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.



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Daniël Termont is the mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES president.


Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES' current president

Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES’ rotating president

“In Ghent, we combine our historical façades with a forward- looking vision. By 2020, I want my city to be open, inclusive, smart and child friendly. Key to this vision are our citizens – we want to build the Ghent of the future together.

Discussions around smart cities are too often driven by technology and industry. I believe cities, and their citizens, are at the core of the smart city transition. Technology is an important ingredient of course: we are looking to innovative solutions to manage our energy and transport systems better, manage, process and visualise data, and make life easier for all.

But we’re not overlooking the low-tech solutions that complement these: well-organised bike paths, for example, and vertical farming.

Technology for us is a means not an end and becoming smarter is about a whole lot more.

We need to find new ways of working together so we can make the most of everyone’s expertise. Public administrations, citizens, businesses and research institutes: we are all part of the same urban ecosystem and we all have something to offer. By pooling our resources, we can create better solutions that truly address our challenges and are owned by the entire city.

In Ghent, we have several tools to make this happen, such as the Ghent Climate Alliance, which is behind our vision of becoming climate neutral. Our Ghent Living Lab is an innovative platform where citizens, developers, researchers and businesses can co-create their city.

Smart cities rely on data, so opening up data is an important initiative for Ghent. Students and developers can use it to work on new solutions, including apps that make life easier for residents, such as a waste collection calendar and an app, ‘Parkmobile‘, to locate available parking spaces in real time.

We’ve even turned it into a competition: our annual hackathon, Apps for Ghent, invites developers to turn our open data into exciting new apps, such as Studio Dott’s PopBike (video), which enables users to calculate the best bike route and share bikes, and Ghendetta, a game that encourages users to explore city districts.

One of the challenges many cities face with opening data is protecting privacy. Citizens need to be able to access, use and manage their data, and for this they need adequate digital skills. This is a priority for Ghent as we want to make sure technology is accessible to everyone.

It is essential then that we create a level playing field. We need common and open standards and better interoperability between systems. This would open the market to more actors and would also bring down costs, and maximise the release, accessibility and usability of data, helping businesses grow.

Working together on projects is a must for testing and scaling up new solutions. Ghent is involved in several, including the Green Digital Charter, through which we commit to reducing our carbon footprint with smart ICT. We also need direct dialogue with European Union decision-makers.

With the Urban Agenda for the EU and the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities, we see new work processes that support the joining up of different levels of government and different sectors. This is a step in the right direction to address European and urban challenges together.

I am looking forward to the journey ahead and I am pleased to be sharing it with my colleagues at EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities. This is where I can bounce off ideas, discover new solutions and find ways to address shared challenges.

As a mayor, I know every corner of my city and have daily contact with citizens. This knowledge is crucial for making smart city solutions work. Working with cities means working with citizens, so by strengthening the links between EU institutions and cities, we are building a stronger Europe.


SELECT City Skyline

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

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Heraklion_architecture (2)-smaller-sizeOn 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.

For more information, visit – [leaflet] –



European Innovation Partnership – Smart Cities and Communities

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.

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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 ( ‘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.

horizon2020_0URBAN-EU-CHINA is a Cooordination and Support Action (CSA) funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. CORDIS

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“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.

From left to right: Daniel Sarasa, Carlos Alocen and Gerardo Lahuerta after receiving the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on 'Citizen participation & impact on society'

From left to right: Daniel Sarasa, Carlos Alocen and Gerardo Lahuerta after receiving the Green Digital Charter (GDC) 2016 Award on ‘Citizen participation & impact on society’, Brussels, 25 January 2017

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

The 4th ICTFOOTPRINT free webinar held 23 February 2017 focused on ICT energy efficiency Calculation tools and sustainable ICT insights on energy services.


speakers of 4th webinar – 23 February, 15:00 CET

  • 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 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.

The webinar was moderated by Silvana Muscella, project coordinator of and CEO of Trust-IT Services.


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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.

Beyond Data Event, Eindhoven, 30 March 2017

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?

Discover the full programme and register now at


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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. is a unique one-stop-shop for finding all the simple, accessible information you need for reducing your ICT environmental impact. is also a lively marketplace where sellers showcase their sustainable ICT solutions and meet with potential buyers.

know_electronics_components (2)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.


know_e-wasteE-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 ( 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?


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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.

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From left to right: Dorthe Nielsen (EUROCITIES), Eddy Hartog (European Commission), Flavia Marzano (Rome), Mary-Ann Schreurs (Eindhoven), Eero Halonen (Oulu) and Roberta Cocco (Milan)

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.

Bart Rosseau from the city of Ghent, signatory of the Green Digital Charter and chairman of the Knowledge Society Forum working-group on Data

Bart Rosseau from the city of Ghent (signatory of the Green Digital Charter) and chairman of KSF Data working-group

Pictures of the day, including of the GDC Awards ceremony, are shared on Flickr (

The agenda of the conference is available at


Connected Smart City Conference 2017 in Brussels

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 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:


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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:–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’


Work-shadowing visits

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 (, in which you will find all the information you need. The annexed documents can be consulted at

For more information about technical training visits, feel free to contact the GDC/GuiDanCe team at or



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.



Citizen participation and impact on society

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).

Creation of European added value

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).

Promoting open and interoperable solutions 

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 (–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.

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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]


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.

iURBAN LogoThe 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


Contact person: Tatjana Perse, head of the city of Rijeka’s e-government unit:


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 (in English)

Contact person: Anna Melchor-Pérez, smart city specialist at Las Naves (previously InnDEA Valencia Foundation), Valencia city council: anna.melchor[at]

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 threeREPLICATE logo + flag 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

Contact person: Luke Loveridge, programme manager: luke.loveridge[at]


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


Contact person: Francisco Gonçalves, project coordinator, franciscogoncalves[a]


Zagreb Energy Week: “Development we don’t want to stop but pollution we can”

Zagreb_Energy_Week_2016Over 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] and maja.sunjic[at]

Since there cannot be a smart city without smart citizens, the award winner in the first category will be a project that has successfully involved citizens and/or other civil society stakeholders; has adopted a bottom-up approach; and is expected to tackle, or has already tackled, local societal challenges.

Of the 14 projects nominated in this category, three stand a good chance of winning the award:

  • Reykjavik’s Better Reykjavik and My Neighbourhood e-participation projects
  • Utrecht’s Traffic lights hotline
  • Zaragoza’s Citizen Card

‘Better Reykjavik’ and ‘My Neighbourhood’ online consultation tools

Reykjavik, the cBetter-Reykjavik-logoapital of Iceland, aims to enhance citizen participation by developing two dedicated online platforms.

Better Reykjavik is an online consultation forum where the locals can submit, discuss, and prioritise ideas about the municipality’s public services and administration. Each month, the top-rated ideas are processed by the council ‘s standing committees.

Once the feasibility and costs of each project have been assessed, citizens are invited to vote on them in My Neighbourhood, another tool that enables them to participate in the annual budgeting process.

Since its launch in 2010, Better Reykjavik has inspired more than 70,000 people to propose and discuss over 4,500 ideas. To date, 420 ideas have been approved by citizens via My Neighbourhood.

The city of Reykjavik operates these websites jointly with the Citizens Foundation (, a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in governance.

Further information about Reykjavik’s cooperative initiative is available at

Contact person: Kristinn Jon Olafsson, project manager, Reykjavik smart city: Kristin.jon.olafsson[at]

Utrecht’s smart mobility project: ‘Traffic lights hotline’

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, is often referred to as a cyclist’s paradise. This rapidly growing city faces new and unexpected challenges directly linked to its bike-friendly policies. Every day, upwards of 100,000 cyclists ride across the city, sometimes even causing traffic congestion … for their fellow cyclists! Many of them feel that the city’s traffic lights could be better configured, and that some are actually not necessary at all.

hotlinePursuing a smart approach to mobility, Utrecht municipality launched, in February 2015, Traffic Lights Hotline, an online service asking residents to report traffic lights that could be deactivated (for part of the day) or reprogrammed. Nearly 5,000 reports have been received.

The hotline has since become a permanent service, enabling intelligent traffic flow management and improving traffic safety.

The hotline is available at (in Dutch only).

Contact person: Muriel Pels, advisor international cooperation and EU funding affairs; m.pels[at]


Zaragoza Citizen Card’

Zaragoza, capital of the Spanish region of Aragon, is located halfway between Barcelona and Madrid. It counts among Europe’s first open-source cities. Zaragoza Citizen Card is a multi-service smart card that can be used for accessing public services and facilities, including payment processing services.

To date, over half of Zaragoza’s atarjetaciudadanadult population have already applied for such an ’all-in-one’ digital key to more than twenty municipal services, including public transport, parking, public libraries, swimming pools, and wifi.

This card is only one example for Zaragoza’s collaborative approach to smart city transformation. In addition to saving costs and making citizens’ life easier, the card comes complete with an open public API (application programming interface), which can be used by citizens to ask questions, and which generates data that can be fed into the city’s innovation ecosystem.

Contact person: Daniel Sarasa Funes, smart city programme manager:  dsarasa[at]


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)

gdcawards13For this year, three award categories have been defined:

  • ’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.



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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 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:


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webinar3 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.

Plus, Jean Manuel Canet (Vice-Chairman Working Party “ICT and climate change” at International Telecommunication Union) will explain some ITU-T methodologies for a sustainable ICT.

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.

Register here

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


Provision of data and results to the Smart Cities Information System*

Smarticities Information System29 November, Thursday, 13.30h – 14.30h

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

Register here.


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.

LinkopingFredrik 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 ensuinggreener’ meetings and fewer trips have had a positive effect on participants’ availability and efficiency, he said. Eriksson’s presentation is available here.

GreenITJaak 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.

ICTfootprint.euSilvana Muscella, founder and CEO of Trust-IT Services, presented the 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 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 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.

cocktailGDC 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.


For more information please visit, respectively:


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ictfootprinteuwebinar.jpgEnergy 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. 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 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.


Become energy efficient in the easiest way possible!

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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

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 LEDStavangerpublic 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.

ALEDEindhovenrthur 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


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? 

Jaak VlasveldDirector of GreenIT Amsterdam

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.

Rabih BashroushCoordinator of Eureca project

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.


workshop_electricityThe 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.

Provisional agenda

Event’s website


IoTDuring 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

oneM2MDr. 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


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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.


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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.

The mission of is to provide services that guide firms in discovering sustainable solutions and start becoming carbon and energy efficient – and more competitive! marketplace: a new business space for sustainable ICT 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 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 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. gathers together a high-qualified community motivated to address the challenge of improving Europe’s energy efficiency.

Join the marketplace now & start promoting your organisation

Why are life cycle assessment (LCA) based methodologies important?

Why do we need to continue to work on these approaches?


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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.

Competition conditions

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

Read more about the competition


Axel Baschnagel
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 ( 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:
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.”


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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 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 can help in the journey to energy efficiency. The webinar will present also the business opportunities stemming from launch of the 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

ICT Webinars for information, training and support: A series of 12 events, free of cost and open to all is launching a series of 12 on-line webinars. From July 12th 2016 and until late 2018, will inform, encourage and support players of the ICT sector to adopt energy efficiency processes in their businesses. 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.

Manifesto on Citizen Engagement


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.

nikoFourteen 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 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

energy_meter_Pixabay3According 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

workingKnowledge 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:




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.

EUROCITIES smart cities month takes place from 17 May until 17 June. Follow us on Twitter @EUROCITIEStweet and join the campaign via #smartercities


This article was originally published on website:


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, 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 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 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 is a new suite of webinars to facilitate the adoption of a common framework driven by But it doesn’t stop here, December 2016 sees the launch online services, free for users to help raise awareness on this important topic.

Consensus building

Participants spanning ICT experts and representatives of the European Commission concur that 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. 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 Slideshare account.

About ( 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 continuously growing community:


Silvana Muscella
CEO Trust-IT Services & Coordinator of
Twitter: @silvanamuscella




We are organising an Energy Days workshop about “ICT applications in cities: delivering the energy union objectives”,  on Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 09:00 to 13:30 (CEST) within the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels.

This workshop is going to put the focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for energy efficiency and on the reduction of ICT’s direct carbon footprint. Local government representatives (technical officers as well as politicians) will share smart city solutions and best practices. Experts will provide the participants with insightful perspectives on green ICT solutions delivering on the Energy Union ambitions. The purpose of this meeting is also to raise awareness and engage further with citizens and SMEs from the ICT sector.

>>Context and programme 



MSCD_EUSEW Webinar series


Five days – five different online seminars about key issues and challenges for smarter, greener towns, cities and districts.

The My Smart City District cluster of 25 cities in 13 countries is putting on a series of online seminars – the Lunch Academy – set to take place 11:30-12:15 every day of the EU Sustainable Energy week 13-17 June. And all for free! On the MSCD Lunch Academy menu, you’ll see five topics about which international projects will deliver their own real-world insights and key tips challenged and enhanced by an expert commentator.


  • FINANCE: Monday 13 June. Economic aspects of retrofitting, balancing limited financial resources and how to produce replicable models with examples from ZenN, EU-GUGLE & expert input from CITYnvest/ Climate Alliance
  • CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT: Tuesday 14 June. A valuable opportunity to learn more about linking smart cities with smart citizens with input from CITyFiED,CITY-ZEN and expert commentator EngageCitizen
  • RETROFITTING: Wednesday 15 June. Designing, implementing and ultimately delivering smart retrofitting at district level courtesy of CITY-ZEN, R2CITIES, and invited experts of ECTP
  • DISTRICT HEATING & COOLING: Thursday 16 June. A seminar on district heating and cooling solutions for the future with examples from READY,CELSIUS and expert challenger from EuroHeat & Power
  • REPLICATING @ SCALE: Friday 17 June. How to get cities smarter and more energy efficient faster, with less risk: replication and achieving scale in smart cities with SINFONIA, CITyFiED, and invited experts of BPIE

Register here:


The original article has been published on the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (here).


E3P is the name of the European Energy Efficiency Platform launched by the JRC, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Its objective is to overcome the fragmentation of data and knowledge of Energy Efficiency and foster stakeholders’ cooperation.

The E3P is an interactive and collaborative online platform that it is still on beta. It is expected to be both a one-stop shop for information retrieval and a meeting point where experts can exchange data. The web platform is therefore a tool, provided by the JRC, which intends to facilitate knowledge exchange and ensures that the needs of the online community experts are met.

This European Energy Efficiency Platform is organised around six thematic areas of energy efficiency in products, cities, buildings, transport, industry and distribution (heating, cooling and electricity). In addition, a dedicated IT platform is at the centre with interactive and collaborative features.

Four collaborative tools are at the heart of the E3P: the Data Hub, the wikEE, the Community and the Calls. While the Data Hub is a one-stop-shop for the collection of data, the wikEE is for expert’s collaboration. Together, they have to support those people working on energy efficiency development, implementation and monitoring.

The community appears when the users decide to organise themselves into working groups to discuss about specific topics. Finally, the call can be published on the E3P if some specific data, content or experts are required.

For further information about the European Energy Efficiency Platform, click here.


On Tuesday 3 May, the GuiDanCe and Sharing Cities projects held a joint webinar on the theme of urban platforms.

Urban Platforms form a core building block by which cities better manage the current explosion in volumes of city data and more easily share this data between city services in order to improve outcomes for society. Few cities in Europe have implemented such solutions.

Graham Colclough (Urban DNA – EIP SCC Integrated Infrastructure Action Cluster Chair), has first set the context of this webinar and talked about the work being undertaken in the frame  of the Integrated Infrastructure Action Cluster of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities & Communities (EIP SCC) initiative.

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Larissa Suzuki (Greater London Authority) provided an insightful overview the ‘Requirements Specification for Urban Platforms’ document and city-needs-led approach (see her presentation).

The Sharing Cities project’s “Urban Sharing Platform” was then presented by Graham Colclough (see his presentation).

Finally, Paulo Calçada (Associação Porto Digital) and Larissa Suzuki shared Porto’s and London’s experiences with urban platforms.

Play here the recording of the webinar.


On 20 May 2016, a webinar focusing on the project development assistance (PDA) under Horizon 2020 will be held between 10 and 11 am. It will be followed by a live Q&A via Twitter.

More details on how to connect are provided in the EASME News.





The Energy Efficiency call for proposals of the European programme Horizon 2020 supports the implementation of the EU’s energy and climate policies. In this context, funding is available for proposals addressing finance for sustainable energy, i.e. investments in energy efficiency and renewables, and, in particular, project development assistance.

Project development assistance:

The aim is to help public or private organisations to build technical, economic and legal expertise needed for project development and to design innovative solutions which can serve as showcases for further projects in the EU. PDA projects:

  • Support the development of investments in energy efficiency and renewables;
  • Can fund all steps necessary to launch an investment, e.g.:
    • Feasibility studies,
    • Technical specifications,
    • Procurement procedures,
    • Business plans and financial engineering,
    • Stakeholder and community mobilisation etc.;
  • Should trigger investments of at least EUR 15 million for every million EURO of Horizon 2020 support;
  • Can cover various sectors:
    • Existing public and private buildings,
    • Street lighting,
    • Retrofitting of existing district heating/cooling,
    • Energy efficiency in urban transport,
    • Energy efficiency in industry and services;
  • Can be proposed by 1 public or private entity (single country applications are eligible), e.g.:
    • Public authorities or their groupings;
    • Private/public infrastructure operators and bodies,
    • Estate managers,
    • Energy service companies;
    • Retail chains, services, industry.

You can find examples of such projects here:

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2016.

The Energy Efficiency call for proposals of 15 September 2016 also covers the following areas: Consumers, Buildings, Heating & Cooling, Industry & Products.


In his latest book, entitled “Connectography: mapping the future of the global civilization”, the global strategist Parag Khanna develops the concept of “diplomacity”, a neologism to design the rising interconnection of cities through their own diplomatic channels. Following a liberal approach, based on transformation of urban planning and local economies through ICTs, the author designates cities as “dis-intermediate state structures” and drivers of a new world system.

In an interview published on City Lab website, the author details his vision via examples of “well-connected cities” and underlines the importance of data visualization to understand the reality of today’s globalization and its future. He also speaks about its digital cartographic project: Connectivity Atlas, an open-source mapping of infrastructure data.

The interview, written by Tanvi Misra, is available at

Parag Khanna, co-founder and CEO of Factotum a consultancy strategy agency



Parag Khanna is the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and CEO of the consultancy agency Factotum. He has contributed to many international broadcasting channels (CNN, BBC, CNBC) as well as newspapers (New York Times, WSJ etc.) and been an adviser to US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 programme (2014 report on “Alternative worlds” can be consulted here).

With the EIP-SCC General Assembly taking place in Eindhoven at the end of May, Smart Cities are now at the top of the European political agenda. Smart Cities are a focus area for Horizon 2020 and many projects have already been piloted and implemented across the Union.

Next challenge for smart cities will be to open a European market for interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications. That is the idea now defended by Roberto Viola, head of the European Commission’s DG-CONNECT. Read his opinion by clicking here

M. Viola announces that, in November 2016 and under the EU Urban Agenda, “as part of [its] commitment to improve access to information, advice and investments, the Commission will launch a special portal for cities. It will provide a single, transparent, entry-point for details on EU policies and funding opportunities for cities, including access to finance and technical help from the European investment advisory hub”.

Cities will also be able to find new substantial amounts of money from regional policy funds that have now become available to local authorities as well to invest in infrastructures and innovative services.


Roberto Viola, head of DG-CONNECT (European Commission)

The original article was published on The Parliament Magazine (20.04.2016)

SELECT Press ReleaseSELECT for Cities, an initiative that’s changing the way cities in Europe innovate through the creation of city wide Internet-of-Everything (IoE) testing labs, launched an open online consultation at the NetFutures conference in Brussels on 20 April 2016.

The link to the online consultation is:

The aim of this newly launched consultation is for the procuring cities to hear the thoughts and views of potential suppliers, developers, city experts and other cities, about the current Internet-of Things (IoT) market, and its potential gaps and needs.

In addition to the online consultation, solution providers and other stakeholders across Europe are also invited to participate in one of three open meetings this Spring to discuss city needs and the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process in more detail. The meetings are taking place in Antwerp on the 24 May, Helsinki on the 30 May and Copenhagen on the 6 June and are open and free to attend.

For more information, you can read the full press release here.


A new GuiDanCe publication on what cities should know about the Green Digital Landscape is now available:

What cities should know about the Green Digital Landscape


According to the author of this paper, Jan Dictus, the digital revolution offers an opportunity to make our society greener, and therefore it is too important to leave the revolution only to the experts, the scientists and the industries. Local government, citizens and politicians have a crucial role.

The main target group for this publication are local authorities, both politicians and officers, who are interested in using the digital possibilities for the best of their citizens, together with other leading cities in Europe.

This paper explains what the information revolution can mean for citizens and what it can mean for city governments. It gives some insight in the big amount of initiatives that are being developed for cities and for industries.


To download this publication, click here.


eu-china300x207In the morning of 22 April 2016, European and Chinese pilot cities cooperating on the joint creation and implementation of smart city solutions will meet in Brussels to introduce their cooperation stories, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges of such EU-China cooperation efforts in a half-day workshop.
Partners are invited to join this event and the discussions about future opportunities for facilitating the cooperation in this field and how to tackle possible administrative or other roadblocks in the co-creation and implementation of smart city solutions.
More information and the agenda of the meeting can be found in the EU-China Policy Dialogue Support Facility II website.


In an interview published in the EU Smart Cities Information System’s April 2016 newsletter, Nikolaos Kontinakis gives an insight into his motives and experiences as project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels, and talks about his perception of ‘sustainable smart cities’.

Nikolaos Kontinakis coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative and EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project and the promotion of green ICT via the project. He also represents EUROCITIES in the SSCC-CG of CEN/CENELEC. For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT, energy policy and the smart and sustainable development of local authorities.

Read the full interview on the EU Smart Cities Information System’s website:

3rd edition (Buying Green! Handbook), April 2016

On April 2016, the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement.


The Handbook is the European Commission’s main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.


For more information, see the Commission’s website (

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Amsterdam (Photo CC0 – Public Domain)

Last Friday (8 march 2016) during a ceremony organised in the European Committee of the Regions (Brussels), Amsterdam became the new European Capital of Innovation (iCapital).

This price has been attributed by the European Commission to reward the city’s efforts on finding innovative solutions to improve life of its citizens and boost its local economy. The winner of this competition, launched only last year, scooped the pot of €950,000 to be used on further boosting innovation.

The strength of Amsterdam lies in its holistic approach, as the city promotes innovation investment in four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion and quality of life, relying on the active participation of “smart citizens” to transform the city. Initiatives go from a high-tech e-parking system to programming courses for children. The city is also an important hub for start-ups.

Amsterdam is one signatory of the Green Digital Charter, testifying of its commitment in putting innovative solutions at the service of the fight against climate change. Digital technologies create real opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and facilitate emission reductions, in particular in the context of big cities.

Torino, another signatory of GDC, was selected as runner-up and will thus receive €100,000 to fund future initiatives.

Congratulations to both of them!

Seeking for more information?

  • Press Release, “Amsterdam is the European Capital of Innovation 2016”, European Commission, 8 April 2016
  • Why not your city? Click here to know more about this year’s results and conditions of application.
  • Watch teasers on the finalists on the ‘Innovation Union’ YouTube channel

In a series of articles, the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) Smart Cities team intends to feed what they call the ‘Smart City 2.0 debate’.

Paradoxes Of A Smart City – Part 1: Efficiency Increase Vs Absolute Consumption

Taken from ICLEI blog


Based on three smart cities case-studies, among which Barcelona and Amsterdam, they arrived to the conclusion that smart cities are not only about technology but rather about an integrated definition of sustainable development strategies.

Through a series of articles, the team will therefore try to address questions arising from ‘smart city paradoxes’. The first article focuses on the Jevons Paradox, describing “a phenomenon where a system may use more energy or resources, or generate more emissions overall, when it becomes more efficient”.



The original article, written by Bohyun Kim (ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn) can be read by clicking on the following link:


On 1-2 June 2016, the ICLEI conference at Metropolitain Solutions 2016 will take place in Berlin, Germany.

More information on this event are available here.

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Smart Sustainable Cities – Reconnaissance Study (UNU-EGOV and IDRC)

As the global urban population is expected to grow exponentially by 2050, cities will face unprecedented sustainability challenges. A new report published by the United Nations University and funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), reviews smart city research and additional smart city case-studies. In particular, we welcome the inclusion of Barcelona, a signatory of the Green Digital Charter, with the ‘Sustainable Barcelona Map’ project.

The authors of the report highlight the importance of local circumstances in building smart cities as well as the need to involve a great variety of stakeholders. The report draws a series of policy recommendations, from open government initiatives to local sector-specific initiatives and citizen participation. Another one is about sharing best practices, a mission at the heart of the GuiDanCe project.

As such, cities’ “vision should not focus merely on technological development, but also highlight improvements in the economic, social, cultural, ecological, and governance dimensions. Leveraging social and cultural changes introduced by the Smart Sustainable City transformation is an opportunity to instil civic values in the society.”



Read the original article from the United Nations University, ‘Smart Sustainable Cities – Reconnaissance Study’ by clicking here.

Full report is available at (PDF English version).

EUROCITIES is now leading the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) action cluster on business models, financing and procurement for smart cities (AC BM).

news_20160330_nathalieWe took the lead on 1 March, and the cluster will be chaired by Nathalie Guri, director of projects and knowledge sharing at EUROCITIES.

In this interview for the EIP SCC website, Nathalie Guri explains the plans for our upcoming work. Our primary objective is to ensure that the smart city agenda is driven by cities’ needs.  Read more…


This interview originally appeared on the EIP SCC website:



On Wednesday 30 March, we gave the floor to experts in the field of standards and interoperability.

Nikolaos Kontinakis (EUROCITIES) welcomed all participants and gave an update on the Green Digital Charter and GuiDanCe project (see his presentation).

know_future_connectingChristophe Colinet, from Bordeaux metropole and Chair of EUROCITIES working group on standards & interoperability, spoke about the state of the art on the development of common standards and provided insightful information about interoperability and standardisation issues (see his presentation).

Bart de Lathouwer, ESPRESSO project coordinator and responsible for planning and managing interoperability initiatives at OGC Europe, presented the ESPRESSO project and stressed that stakeholders’ inputs are key to develop a “Conceptual Smart City Information Framework” (see his presentation). He invited cities and experts to join the SmaCStak-Network and contribute to the project’s outcomes.

Finally, John Ketchell, ANEC representative, introduced the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Cities and Communities Co-ordination Group and explained the importance of strengthening awareness and collaboration around standardisation work (see his presentation).

Play here the recording of the webinar.

Signatory cities can send suggestions for possible themes and speakers of our future webinars.



Call for contributions

Sustainable Places 2016 International conference

June 29 – July 1, 2016 – Anglet, France

The Sustainable Places 2016 event builds on the three successful previous editions of the conference, which gathered each year between 150 and 200 international delegates.

Sustainable Places 2016 will focus on energy efficiency at building, neighbourhood, district and city levels. It will cover research and innovation projects and initiatives across the construction value chain.

This open research forum will be a key opportunity for delegates to meet and network with academic & non-academic researchers, architects, building designers, energy consultants, urban planners, construction materials producers, energy generation systems manufacturers, ICT developers, public authorities representatives, construction companies, service companies (including financial organisations & ESCOs), distribution & transmission system operators, standardisation organisations, and facility managers.

Sustainable Places 2016 will enable to access up-to-date information, assess outcomes from the most advanced research and innovation projects, discuss possible synergies, and envision possible standards evolution. An attendance of around 200 participants, coming from Europe and other regions of the world, is expected.

Five kinds of contributions are expected:

  • Presentations
  • Presentation and Paper
  • Workshop
  • Poster

One main aim of the conference is to act as a catalyzer to successful collaboration between EU projects. Sustainable Places therefore particularly encourages coordinators of Fp7 and H2020 projects in the targeted field to organize clustering workshops in the scope of the conference.

The deadline for submitting a contribution is 15 April 2016.


For further information about the call and conference, please visit:

For our Horizon 2020 funded project GuiDanCE (grant agreement 653640) EUROCITIES is interested in concluding a framework agreement with a company able to support the fulfilling of the project tasks related to video

The individual/company will be selected on the basis of a set of criteria:

  • Willingness and ability to perform the mentioned tasks and meet the specifications in time and on budget
  • Quality and experience

The deadline to show your company interest in collaborating with EUROCITIES is Monday 21 March.

More information are available in the document Call for framework agreement_GDC videos.


Does your city want to use the full potential of ever-increasing data volumes? Does your city open up public data? Do you have an urban platform or are about to deploy one? Then the‘Urban Platforms’ initiative within the EIP Smart Cities is for you.

Icono-Integrated-Infrastructures_1Within the EIP a group of 17 cities led by London have looked more closely at those topics, and realised that urban platforms provide a vital foundation for smart city infrastructure and service improvements. Together they have developed a common core set of city-needs-led requirements to support the acquisition of “Urban Platforms”, co-developed and validated by 17 EU cities, including London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Syracuse, Berlin, Ghent, Valencia, Murcia, Derry, Copenhagen, Scottish cities, Porto and Riga.
Here you can get a preview of what they have come up with. Join them by signing the Letter of Intent and you will get full access to all documents and can learn with them. Related supporting documents, like procurement templates are in preparation and the ongoing cooperation with the supply side and standardization add a particularly interesting angle.
Don’t forget to sign up to the General Assembly of the EIP on 24 May to interact face-to-face!
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The GDC signatories have committed to deploy five large-scale pilot projects within five years from the charter’s signature with the purpose of demonstrating the energy efficiency benefits that can be brought about by ICT. They have furthermore committed to decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint in their city by 30% within ten years from signature.

The progresses and achievements of cities have recently been reported in two GDC publications.

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GDC Case Studies

GDC Monitoring Report

The first edition of the GDC Monitoring Report provides with an overview of signatory cities’ steps towards meeting GDC objectives. Its main conclusions are based on evidence collected through the Green Digital Charter survey, which was developed under the Horizon 2020-funded GuiDanCe project.

The survey collected evidence-based self-assessments of progress on the GDC commitments. The signatories were asked whether their city meets the commitments contained in the declaration fully, partly or not at all. They were also requested to provide evidence for their assessment. A total of 18 Green Digital Charter signatory cities participated in the survey, providing a wealth of information on ICT-related developments and the evolution of their sustainability and smart city strategies at local and national levels. Responses were received from: Bordeaux, Burgas, Edinburgh, Gdynia, Genova, Glasgow, Malmö, Manchester, Murcia, Naples, Oulu, Prague, Riga, Roubaix, Skopje, Valencia, Zagreb and Zaragoza.

The report confirms that the cities use the Green Digital Charter to promote their green ICT objectives and to support local development efforts towards a smarter city, although a few challenges have been identified.

With regards to successful stories and achievements, a catalogue of case studies and recently started projects has been produced. This publication gathers implemented actions associated with green digital developments and planned actions in key policy domains. Innovative solutions related to buildings, energy, green ICT, street lighting, transport, e-participation, waste management, and cross-domain are presented. Each city profile includes relevant web links and contact information to help you plan and organise your own study tour.


The EIP-SCC Citizen Focus Action Cluster is organizing a webinar on the engagement of citizens through co-creation and co-design tools. The webinar will take place on March 18th from 13:00 to 14:00.

Pursuing sustainable and citizen-centric smart cities means not only starting from citizens’ needs but also leveraging on socially-driven innovations where citizens act as creators and drivers of socio-technical change. This is why co-design and co-creation are receiving increased attention in the debate on urban innovation and smart cities.  From being ‘objects’ whose needs are analysed and detected to meet their demands, citizens become active subjects of smart civic movements and constitute the backbone of smart cities. From an industry perspective these developments can lead to greater interaction with customers and their expectations in order to design more meaningful and marketable user experiences. City administrations rely on innovative e-government platforms to grasp citizens’ demands and rejuvenate dialogue and participation.

The Citizen Focus Action Cluster is focusing one of its streams of activities on reviewing and analysing  methods and good practices for making smart cities human-centric, meeting citizens’ needs and leveraging citizen-led innovations: Initiative#1 investigates co-design and co-creation as tools for enhancing social inclusion and participation. Through this webinar it aims at sharing the most recent developments in this field from a multi-stakeholder perspective, highlighting current research and best practice on these topics.

Citizen Focus Action Cluster will chair and open the webinar leading the discussion through the interventions of speakers such as Mercè Graell, from Design IT and Frank Kresin, from Waag. Anne Deltour, from DG Connect will give the conclusions.

For further information on the programme, visit the event.

For registrations, click here.

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The Green Digital Charter collaborates with a new EU funded project! is the 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 it aims to create an independent information & services hub for organisations in Europe.

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The use of ICT is currently responsible for 8-10% of the EU’s electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions. With a wise energy and environmental efficiency strategy, the ICT sector can save around 15% of global emissions in 2020, mainly through sectors like transport, energy, industry and buildings. It is urgent that energy efficiency measures are applied in order to counterbalance the expected growth in ICT: will strive to contribute to this goal.

Methodologies are already available to stakeholders but their visibility and workability must be improved, and they do not provide, in a simple and usable form, the information and the resources to perform carbon footprint calculations: will address this aspect, by developing a high-usability online platform., in its 36-month workplan, will deliver a platform with online services in the field of energy & environmental efficiency: These services will include practical information related to energy and carbon footprint methodologies and indicators, advisory services to green procurement, and one-on-one help desk services.

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On Wednesday 24 February we held our first webinar on digital strategies!


Anna Melchor Perez, smart city program officer at InnDEA Valencia, presented the innovative smart city platform of the city which uses fi-ware technology (see the presentation Digital Agenda Valencia).

Bart Rosseau, responsible for the data and information management at the city of Gent, introduced some of the challenges and the actors necessary in order to include the digital aspect in the overall strategy for the city (see the presentation Digital Agenda Gent) .

Finally, Birgit Ginzler, head of communications at TINA Vienna, presented the ambitious and inclusive process that brought to the development of the digital agenda wien and its projects (see the presentation Digital Agenda Vienna).

Play here the recording of the webinar.

The focus of next planned webinars will be on urban platforms (16 March) and standards (30 March). More info and registration.

Signatory cities can send suggestions for possible themes and speakers of our future webinars.


The Market Place Initiatives are open to new collaborators! Do not hesitate to get in contact with the initiative you wish to become active in.

Sustainable Urban Mobility

  • Electromobility aims to advance integrated solutions for electric mobility and their integration in smart cities.
  • New Mobility Services help to better integrate and manage urban transport and contribute to the development of collective systems for seamless multi-modal mobility (door-to-door) based on ITC.

Integrated Infrastructures and Processes

  • Humble Lamppost aims to aggregate demand and achieve a large scale EU smart lighting solutions deployment.
  • Urban Platforms accelerate the adoption of urban platforms across EU cities, specifically to serve 300 million European citizens with urban platforms in their cities by 2025.

Citizen Focus

Business Models

Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulation

  • From Planning to Implementation aims to share and tap knowledge during the realisation phase of Smart City strategies through the implementation of Smart City activities.
  • Tools for Decision Making and Benchmarking is focused on the identification of needs for decision makers taking the decision to enter a smart and sustainable program, city or community.
  • Six Nations Forum accelerates the take up of smart sustainable city solutions through supporting a more conducive environment for all stakeholders, it has  established a Smart City Forum. It comprises a limited number of leading EU nations, represented by the lead Dept(s)/Agency(ies) that steer the smart city and/or sustainable urban agenda.
Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Following the success of earlier events in the series, SEB-16, the Eighth International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, organised by the Politecnico di Torino in partnership with KES International, will take place in the vibrant city of Turin, from 11 to 13 September 2016.


You are kindly invited to submit a paper and to participate to the Invited Session on “Energy Smart Cities and Communities: from performance indicators to real district-scale example”. Here you may find the invited session summary.


Full papers will be reviewed by the IPC and, if accepted and presented, they may be published after the conference in Elsevier’s Energy Procedia (ISSN; 1876-6101), open access journal, available in ScienceDirect and submitted to be indexed/abstracted in Scopus (tbc).

Provisional deadlines are:

  • Submission of Papers for Review (complete papers, not abstracts) : 15 April 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30 May 2016
  • Upload of Final Camera-Ready Publication Files: 30 June 2016


If you are interested, please contact Francesco Causone, Chairman of the Invited Session.

Francesco Causone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Politecnico di Milano
Department of Energy
Via Lambruschini, 4a – 20156 Milano (Italy)
T: +39 02 2399 8621
M: +39 366 693 5028
F: +39 02 2399 3913


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The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) will held two workshops on the topic of innovation public procurement for the environment and general/egovernment sector.

The workshops target public procurement authorities in general public services like public administration, and  economic and financial affairs (ministries, regional and local authorities, public utility companies, etc.) and public procurers active in the environment sector.

  1. eafip Workshop for public procurers in the Environmental sector 4 May 2016, Rome, Italy. Register and Agenda
  2. eafip Workshop for public procurers in the General/eGovernment sector. 31 May 2016 Barcelona, Spain. Register and Agenda

The objective is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe. Will be discussed EU funding opportunities (Horizon 2020 calls), case-examples and lessons learned as well as the eafip Toolkit.

Participating public authorities will have a chance to openly discuss unmet procurement needs, innovation concepts, project ideas and much more. All procurers will have an opportunity to briefly present theirs ideas, plans and projects in the parallel sessions.

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The partnership will help Bristol Is Open create the world’s first open programmable city with a citywide digital fabric

NEC Corporation, a provider of information technology services and products, has announced the signing of a long-term partnership agreement with Bristol Is Open, a smart city initiative in the UK.

Bristol Is Open is a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, and aims to create the world’s first open, programmable city to support the creation of innovative new smart services for people, business and academia. This will pave the way for improvements in a wide range of services, including traffic congestion, waste management, entertainment, e-democracy, and energy supply.

“NEC is particularly drawn to the work of Bristol Is Open because we share their belief that new levels of pervasive digital connectivity are required to enable the smart city of the future,” said Dejan Bojic, Smart Solutions Programme Director, NEC Europe. “NEC is pleased to support and endorse Bristol Is Open’s development of software defined networks as a foundation behind Internet of Things and Big Data solutions needed to address critical issues faced by urban communities around the world.”

The partnership helps NEC to demonstrate new approaches to pervasive digital connectivity at city-scale, combined with its aim to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. It helps Bristol Is Open to further its goal of creating the world’s first open programmable city with a citywide digital fabric that includes fibre in the ground, an experimental wireless mile, and a Radio Frequency mesh that covers the vast majority of the city.

“Bristol’s approach to smart cities has gone deep into the architecture of network provision, creating a technology agnostic, heterogeneous, software defined approach to connectivity, at city scale,” said Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open. “This elastic approach is addressing many of the architecturally-rigid constraints experienced in today’s commercially available networks. As we bring our infrastructure live throughout 2016 we are looking forward to demonstrating new levels of connectivity that will be the hallmarks of the smart city of the future.”

NEC, Bristol Is Open and Bristol City Council are part of the €25 million REPLICATE Lighthouse City consortium, alongside San Sebastián and Florence. The consortium will create integrated smart city solutions to tackle urban problems such as traffic congestion, poor air quality and unsustainable energy use. The consortium has received funding as part of the Smart Cities and Communities funding call, through the EU’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme.


More information here (12th February 2016 Nick Michell) 

The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) is a three year initiative of the European Commission for the support of public procurers who want to start and implement innovation procurements of ICT-based solutions.

Through EAFIP, EU Commission collects data from public procurements, develops toolkits on innovation procurement and opens calls to fund public procurers’ innovative projects.

The last call for EAFIP Assistance is now open until 17th of April 2016 for applications. Candidates will apply to receive free hands-on and tailored support to develop their own Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI). The EAFIP initiative is open to all public procurers across EU. Up to 12 of them will be selected and provided with a complete assistance (also legal assistance) in the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement project. To submit an application, eligible candidates only need to fill in an online survey before 17th April 2016.

Horizon 2020 seeks to improve the support for groups of public procurers either in PCP, research and development on procurement before the market, or in PPI, integration for innovative commercial solutions in the market.

European procurers interested in PPI may check the Procurement of Innovation Platform, a hub for information regarding innovation procurement supported by European Commission.


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“The goal of a Smart City is to invest in technology in order to create economic, social and environmental improvements. That is an economic and political challenge, not a technology trend; and it is an imperative challenge because of the nature and extent of the risks we face as a society today.”


The futuristic “Emerald City” in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz“. The “wizard” who controls the city is a fraud who uses theatrical technology to disguise his lack of real power



“There should be an urgent political debate concerning how city leaders and local authorities enact policies and other measures to steer investments in the most powerful tool we have ever created, digital technology, to address those threats”.



Rick Robinson,  current chairman of the Birmingham Smart City Alliance, has been recently asked to provide some evidence on Smart Cities and Infrastructures to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development.



You can follow his interesting work on his blog, The Urban Technologist, regularly updated.

CityMobil2 Tests Self-Driving Bus in Spain

The European Commission has selected the city of San Sebastian (Spain) to test a self-driving bus for a period of three months. The driverless buses will begin their services next Spring 2016. Previously, other European countries such as Laussanne (Switzerland), Rochelle (France) and Trikala (Greece) were chosen to implement these kind of self-driving autonomous buses among the citizens, within a real urban Lab.

In Spain, this will be the first time for a self-driving bus to be tested with real passengers. The electric bus has a capacity of twelve people and will be connecting public transport with the business area of the Science and Technology Park of the city.

This testing period belongs to CityMobil2, an EU-funded pilot project to revolutionise mass transport and wean Europe’s cities off oil dependency over the next 30 years. The idea is not to replace ordinary buses but to offer a mixed transport service, with improved transport in areas of low or dispersed demand.

The vehicles are equipped with an advanced GPS and a laser mapping system for localization and movement control. Laser and ultrasound technologies are used to detect obstacles. Each bus is powered by twelve batteries, which need around two hours to charge.

The Netherlands has already installed driverless shuttle buses to move passengers between  Wageningen and Ede, about 11 kilometres apart. These shuttle buses can carry up to six people and reach the speed of 25 km/h.

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The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” identifies the key targets for this year in terms of collaboration among cities, industry and other key partners.

In addition, it details the roll-out actions to be undertaken to achieve its goals. The focus is the deployment of technology and service innovation at scale in the fields of interoperable urban platforms, intelligent lampposts, positive energy blocks, smart electro-mobility solutions andsmart mobility services.

It also takes into account the enabling roles of collaborative actions such as new business models and financing arrangements, new strategies and tools to increase citizen focus and engagement, new strategies and tools for integrated planning and decision-making.


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On January 28th, EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc opened the 2016 Transport for Smart Cities conference, which gathered 200 leading players part of a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) whose objective is to improve urban life through sustainable integrated solutions.

Commissioner Bulc attended the launch of two new initiatives bringing together cities and industry to promote the roll-out of smart electromobility and of smart city mobility services at a large scale. Areas of application include the intelligent management of fleets of electric cars and real-time travel information.

Commissioner Bulc said: “It is not ‘us’ and ‘them’ anymore – we need to work together and drive this challenge to a good destination. These initiatives will lead to smart mobility solutions to the market at scale. They will support innovation to create new jobs and fully integrate transport in the digital single market. If the fight against climate change is to be won in cities, I am convinced that Smart Cities are part of the answer”.


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The GuiDanCe activities aim to support GDC signatory cities in implementing their commitments. On 21 January, the Green Digital Charter contact point presented some of its planned activities to the EUROCITIES knowledge society forum, taking place in Brussels.


A new text

The Green Digital Charter initiative has the aim to be a live document that adapts to contemporary developments and in particular to the impact of information and communication technologies on the lives and needs of citizens.

The updated Green Digital Charter commits cities to working together to deliver on the EU’s objective of expanding the use of digital technologies in a way that improves the life of their citizens and addresses the challenges of growth, sustainability and resilience.

At the same time, the GDC  wants to reflect the main policy and technology developments taking place at local, national and international level.

Funding, training and networkingwrite

EUROCITIES and the GDC contact point will continue to provide information on EU funding opportunities and will organise annual brokerage events dedicated to the subject of smart cities. Further connections with the European Investment Bank will also be made, in an attempt to establish loan schemes supporting ICT and smart city solutions.

On-site trainings and online webinars are being planned throughout 2016 and 2017. The topics will reflect the challenges faced by the signatory cities: drafting digital strategies, developing urban platforms and defining key performance indicators, standards and metrics.

Work shadowing events will pair up cities that face similar challenges but are at different stages of implementation. These events will aim to improve the implementation of local ICT and smart city-related policies.

Finally, the GuiDanCe project will continue to update and inspire cities on the best practices of the other signatories (collections of case studies, online toolkit, roadshow and Green Digital Charter Award).


The Green Digital Charter will continue to work with the existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders and projects which bring added value to the training and networking opportunities offered by the GuiDanCe project.

These include:

  • the Urban Platform initiative, the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities and the new integrated Covenant of Mayors
  • the EU-funded CITYkeys project, which defines key performance indicators and data collection procedures for the common and transparent monitoring of smart city solutions
  • the recently started ICT project, which aims to raise awareness in a consolidated manner at European level on metrics, methodologies and best practices in measuring the energy and environmental efficiency of the ICT sector in order to facilitate their broad deployment and uptake
  • the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative
  • the European standardisation organisation CEN-CENELEC.


See the presentation to the KSF forum.


The Green Digital Charter will collaborate with a newly started EU funded project:

The central goal of is to become “the” consolidated effort that, at European level, raises awareness on metrics, methodologies and best practices in measuring the energy and environmental efficiency of the ICT-sector, to facilitate their broad deployment and uptake.

The central goal of will be to set up a multichannel platform which will provide the necessary tools, as well as training and assistance to cities and smaller private organisations, to promote methodologies for measurement of carbon footprint in the ICT sector.

By participating in the Green Digital Charter wants to support the city efforts to decrease of ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within 10 years.


The objectives of the project are:

Objective 1: Create an Support Framework Platform that informs end-users of the existence of the methodologies available and supports them in lowering barriers to entry.

Objective 2: Design user-oriented, online implementation of footprinting methodologies.

Objective 3: Develop a web application “Service Area” targeting SMEs to help assess carbon and energy footprint and share experiences.

Objective 4: Create an aggregated community for solution providers and consumers in the field of energy and environmental efficiency in the ICT sector, with a marketplace of opportunities.

Objective 5: Raise awareness, educate and empower (prospective) SMEs (and all other end-users) with actions and showcases, as well as informative material to promote green strategies.

Objective 6: Interface and liaise with the relevant standards bodies (SDOs).

Objective 7: Leave a lasting legacy with the policy makers on how to further enlarge its impact among all the stakeholders.

Objective 8: Develop and implement a sustainable business model.

Objective 9: A committed, highly influential External Advisory Group (EAG) that provides independent support in covering the needs of the targeted stakeholders.


The Green Digital Charter initiative has the aim to be a live document that adapts to contemporary developments and in particular to the impact of information and communication technologies have on the lives and needs of citizens.

During the last EUROCITIES knowledge society forum meeting in Brussels we presented the draft text of the new Green Digital Charter to the members and signatory of the initiative.know_future_building blocks

The updated Green Digital Charter commits cities to working together to deliver on the EU’s objective of expanding the use of digital technologies in a way that improves the life of their citizens and addresses the challenges of growth, sustainability and resilience.

At the same time, the GDC wants to reflect the main policy and technology developments taking place at local, national and international level and collaborate with initiatives, communications and projects which are directly relevant to the implementation of the Green Digital Charter for cities and citizens.

The final version of the text will be announced in the next months with a ceremony event.

Read the updated GDC text.


2016 marks the start of the Green Digital Charter training activities under GuiDanCe!

The Green Digital Charter monitoring report wants to provide an overview of the main trends and development of the signatory cities towards their commitments. The report, first of a series, will be available in March 2016.

By and large, cities are on track to meeting their GDC commitments, although a few challenges remain. These can be grouped in three main categories: (i) funding, (ii) governance and (iii) data, standards and interoperability.

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The GuiDanCe project is working closely with the signatory cities to look at these challenges and shape its future activities accordingly.

On-site trainings and online webinars are being planned throughout 2016 and 2017 which reflect the challenges faced by the signatory cities. Work shadowing events will pair up cities that face similar challenges, but are at different stages of implementation. These events will aim to improve the implementation of local ICT and smart city-related policies.

What’s next?


24 February: Digital strategies

How are European cities creating local digital strategies? Which steps and which actors are involved in the process? In this webinar, the representative from the city of Valencia, Gent and Vienna (tbc) will present their dos and don’ts coming from their city experience in developing successful strategies to promote ICT solution.

16 March: Urban platforms

Urban Platforms form a core building block by which cities better manage the current explosion in volumes of city data and more easily share this data between city services in order to improve outcomes for society. Few cities in Europe have implemented such solutions. Let’s hear from their experience!

30 March: Standards

Standards and interoperability reduce the cost of ICT solutions making them widely available throughout Europe. This webinar will present the work done until now by cities. More information will follow.

To register for one or more of these webinars click here.


The European Commission has today released the results of the fifth Flash Eurobarometer survey on the “Perception of Quality of Life in European Cities”. The survey was conducted in a total of 79 European cities of all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. More than 40,000 people were interviewed on a range of urban issues.  
The survey exclusively focuses on quality of life, showing how satisfied people are with various aspects of urban life, such as employment opportunities, presence of foreigners, public transports and pollution in their cities. Among its main findings, the survey shows that overall Europeans are very satisfied with regard to the cities where they live: in all except 6 cities, at least 80% of respondents say they are satisfied to live in their city. Some findings show a positive trend compared to previous years: for example, in Budapest and Cracow, there has been an increase of 20% of those who have a positive perception of public transport in their cities, compared to 2012. The survey also reveals what areas deserve particular attention as a majority of people consider that health services, unemployment and education are the three most important issues for their city.
The 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy will invest heavily in urban areas, with EUR 15 billion directly managed by city authorities for sustainable urban development. The Survey is designed to allow cities to compare themselves on 30 criteria addressing social, economic, cultural and environmental issues.. It should inspire stakeholders and decision-makers to follow a holistic approachto sustainable urban development.

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities will hold its 2016 General Assembly on May 24 in Eindhoven (Netherlands). Over 400 participants are expected, making it one of the most important smart city innovation events in Europe.

In its third edition, this event is the place to be for learning about key policy and market trends and creating new contacts and networks. The Partnership is in full implementation mode, bringing together cities and companies framed by a set of core roll-out initiatives that will shape a European market place for smart cities.
The 2016 General Assembly is an associated event with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, reflecting the relevance of urban issues for Europe. High-level representatives of the European Commission, the Presidency, other European institutions, cities and companies will share their views on developing further a strategic agenda for smart cities of the future at European level.  Through interactive action cluster sessions, participants will further contribute to shaping this agenda.
The venue is yet to be confirmed and more information about the programme, registrations and speakers will follow shortly on the website of the EIP-SCC.
Follow the hashtag #EUSmartCitiesGA2016


EUROCITIES is looking for a designer to support the development of the Green Digital Charter publications.

More information and work description in the Call for tender_GDC Design.

The deadline to express your interest for collaborating is Friday 22 January at noon.




The city of Gothenburg, a recent signatory of the Green Digital Charter initative, has set the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to six tons per person by 2035 –from eight tons per person today to a maximum of two tons-. The achievement would make this already international city into ‘Green Gothenburg’. Green system solutions within constructions, energy, transport, water and waste management have been implemented for the transition to a fossil free city.


Today, houses are heated by waste heat from refineries and waste management, buses are run on electricity or biogas and homes are cooled by cold water from the river. Since May 2015 the entire waste collection fleet is fossil free. There are also innovative solutions for energy-efficient homes, both new-builds and refurbishment of the existing building stock. Furthermore, investments are being made in renewable energy such as solar, wind and wave power.

In March 2015 this development was recognized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) appointing Gothenburg to National Earth Hour Capital 2015.

Local actors such as the energy company Gothenburg Energy, Johanneberg Science Park and Lindholmen Science Park, the Technical University of Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg contribute jointly with innovation and research to reach the goals. They are, as well, supported by projects such as ElectriCity, Drive Me, Celsius, Step-Up and EU-GUGLE.

The article originally appeared on the EIP-SCC website.

How are cities are using digital technologies to tackle climate change?



Signatories of the GDC initiative discussed ways in which they use ICT to reduce emissions during the session ‘Green Digital Charter – smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change’ during COP 21 in Paris on 8 December.

Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes, opened the session by reiterating the message that ‘there can be no smart cities without smart citizens’.

The session featured a panel of politicians alongside Johanna Rolland: George Ferguson, mayor of Bristol; Milan Obradovic, deputy mayor of Malmo; and Jaroslaw Jozwiak, deputy mayor of Warsaw.

Panellists discussed what becoming a smarter city means to them, and how this contributes to their greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. They also explored how initiatives such as the Green Digital Charter, support their efforts to become smarter cities. Cities also shared ideas on the kind of support they need to scale up their efforts and improve results.

Some of the panelists referred to the potential of ICT for energy efficiency to promote social inclusion in cities, with George Ferguson commenting that: “Using technology is always about what you can do for people.” Malmo’s Milan Obradovic said that his city uses refurbishments for energy efficiency in housing to create jobs (CLICC). Speaking about the importance of cities as part of a global climate deal, George Ferguson stated that: “Cities will do their best to close any gap left after the close of the COP 21 negotiations.”

The Green Digital Charter now has nearly 50 signatories committed to reducing emissions through ICT and tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities. The GuiDanCe project has been supporting signatories’ efforts since March 2015.


Gothenburg signed the Green Digital Charter (GDC) on 5 November, committing to use ICT and digital technologies for energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions.


Gothenburg is a sustainable and smart city. With a fully integrated approach to city energy flows, Gothenburg is rapidly progressing towards a low carbon economy.
In a ceremony taking place during EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo on 4-6 November, Anneli Hulthén, mayor and chairman of Gothenburg’s City Executive signed on behalf of her city. Gothenburg becomes the 49th city to sign the Green Digital Charter, a further proof of its long standing commitment towards sustainability.
Gothenburg wants to be a frontrunner in environmental and urban development issues. The city is also aiming to become a leader in addressing climate and environmental problems. Signing the Green Digital Charter is one of the city’s many efforts towards reducing its carbon emissions in line with its ambitious Climate programme and Digital Development programme.
Gothenburg is looking to further engage in the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other GDC signatory cities and EUROCITIES members.
The European Commission will soon launch a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 60.000.












The purpose of this call for tenders is to gain insights into the current data-related situation (taxonomy, mapping, gap analysis, players, business models, applicable legislation, bottlenecks and their cause) in the context of the adoption and application of smart cities solutions for cities, communities and local stakeholders.

The expected results are:

  • an understanding of the most relevant use cases linked to smart city services or solutions.
  • an understanding of the most relevant data related considerations around these use cases.
  • an understanding of the precise nature of the players and related business models around these use cases.

Special focus has to be put on:

  • providing evidence that goes beyond anecdotal situations.
  • focusing on the service level rather than the equipment level.
  • differentiating larger trends from particular situations.

Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 31/12/2015 in writing to

More information on the European Commisison website.


Celsius_logo-CITyFiED and CELSIUS projects join forces to extend tools for a smarter, more energy efficient future to European cities

Register to this two part webinar on resources, energy efficient buildings and concrete district heating and cooling solutions.

The first session, on Tuesday 24 November, will present the alliance between the two projects and introduce the audience to the importance of district heating and cooling in smart cities and energy efficient buildings.

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On Wednesday 9 December, the webinar will showcase how the CELSIUS toolbox and the CITyFiED methodology complement each other, showing the synergies between the two projects.

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In occasion of 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the Green Digital Charter will take part in the two week program at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015, taking place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 within the “Climate Generations Areas” of the Le Bourget venue.

The session, titled “Green Digital Charter – Smart city solutions for energy efficiency and climate change” feature the best practice of signatory cities in using ICT solutions for energy efficiency.


Date: Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Time: 17.30 – 18.30

Room: Large Room

Session access: Open

Contact: Eilish O’Loughlin


Organized by: EUROCITIES



This session will discuss the impact, benefits and possible improvements of smart city projects in signatory cities that have committed through the Green Digital Charter (GDC) to reduce emissions through ICT and to promote progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies.

The GDC has been signed by almost 50 major European cities that represent more than 26 million citizens. A number of these cities will present their experience and smart city projects they have put in place to contribute to the energy and climate targets of the European Union.

The session will also explore the ambition of GDC to go beyond Europe and the role it can play in the fight against climate change.


  • Share experiences from signatories of the Green Digital Charter
  • Explore city examples from European cities
  • Engage city-related stakeholders in the “smart city” movement
  • Discuss approaches to promote the GDC model globally

Methodology and Speakers

  • Introduction from the facilitator (3 min)
    • Nikolaos Kontinakis, Project Coordinator, EUROCITIES
  • Panel discussion – Five cities’ representatives ( 30 min):
    • George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
    • José Sá Fernandes, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon
    • Johanna Rolland, Mayor of Nantes
    • Jaroslaw Jozwiak, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw
    • Milan Obradovic, Deputy Mayor of Malmo
  • Q&A (10 min)
  • Wrap-up and conclusions by Michael Klinkenberg, Policy Advisor, EUROCITIES and final remarks from panelists (7 min)



As European Green Capital, Bristol has joined forces with ICLEI, which represents local governments for sustainability, and the City of Paris to co-host the Cities & Regions Pavilion at COP21.Bristol_env_mob_events_culture_cityscape_architecture

The Pavilion will bring together the voices of cities and local governments to raise the level of ambition, awareness and visibility of existing and potential local climate action.

It will be a lively place of learning, debate and influence, hosting thematic workshops and daily sessions as part of ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program (TAP).

Further information on the Pavilion and registration details at:



Bristol Sessions*

Tuesday 01/12 11:30-13:00 – Bristol: Our Next Big Step – creating a liveable, smart and sustainable city through innovative Public-Private-People partnerships.

In this, Bristol’s opening session at COP, hear from George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol and engage with senior leaders from business, Government and the community as they talk about how Public-Private-People partnerships are driving innovation in Bristol to create a resilient future trajectory for the city and its citizens.

Speakers – Mayor George Ferguson

Tuesday 01/12 13:00-14:30 – TAP Time: “Energy Efficiency for Everyone. Bristol Energy: Scaling up investment”.

Bristol is implementing the UK’s largest energy efficiency and renewable energy investment programme and is now planning the next phase, to scale up this investment and achieve significant carbon and energy savings.

Speakers – Barra Mac Ruairi, Strategic Director Place, Bristol City Council

Tuesday 01/12 15:00-17:00 – TAP Time: “The Bristol Brain – Reimagining the way we plan for the future”.

An urban simulator that evolves as the city does, that invites different city actors to play with the city, to imagine different futures and engages them in debate and design to achieve a sustainable, resilient, happy city.

Speakers – Stephen Hilton, Director of Bristol Futures, Bristol City Council

Tuesday 01/12 15:00-16:30 – Economics of a Low Carbon City – mini stern for Cities

This workshop will explore the mini-stern approach to decarbonise a city and the experience of applying it in cities around the world, including the latest results for the city of Bristol.

Speakers – Andrew Gouldson, University of Leeds, UK

Tuesday 01/12 17:00-18:30 – European Green Capitals session

Bristol has invited Daniel Calleja, Director-General of European Commission’s DG Environment to facilitate a debate between the Mayors from the European Green Capital title on their achievements in carbon reduction; their future ambitions; their experience in working with businesses to create jobs and growth in the low carbon economy; and how winning the title has influenced their thinking.

Speakers – Daniel Calleja, Director-General of European Commission’s DG Environment and high-level political representatives of the winning cities

Wednesday 02/12 09:30-10:30 – From a green to a resilient city – what Bristol is doing to secure its future

Bristol shares its stories on what it has been doing as European Green Capital; how and why we joined the 100 Resilient Cities Network; what the emerging priorities are for short term action; and taking the long view, from here to 2065 (Climate and Energy Security Framework and 50 year resilient trajectory).

Speakers – Alex Minshull, City Sustainability Manager and Sarah Toy, Strategic Resilience Officer, Bristol City Council

Wednesday 02/12 10:30–11:30 – Who builds cities? The value and role of partnerships in creating sustainable future cities
This workshop will explore the complex and sophisticated partnership arrangements required at city scale to build the cities of the future.

Speakers – Gary Topp, Development Manager, Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Wednesday 02/12 12:00–13:00 – How to bring sustainability to life in the classroom

This workshop will showcase sessions developed for classroom learning, films and other high quality resources, and a new website being rolled out across the UK and beyond. Key partners included the international animation studio, Aardman Animations.

Speakers – Jo Taylor, Head of Education, Bristol 2015 Ltd

Friday 11/12 13:00-14:30 – Facing the Future

Reflections on COP21 and a discussion on how this may influence cities’ strategies

Speakers – Alex Minshull, City Sustainability Manager, Bristol City Council and Rich Pancost, Director of Cabot’s Institute, University of Bristol

*Times may be subject to change. Please check the website and onsite information for updated information.


The summary, developed by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cites and Communities brings together the European grants, loans and equity investments supporting the roll-out of smart city solutions.

Colour tags highlight which funds are relevant to which stakeholders: local authorities, SMEs, large companies and civil society.

The document is still in draft phase and will be updated throughout 2016.


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Input given will be used to develop Citizen Engagement strategies in 5 European cities and to inspire many others as part of their dissemination and replication activities.



The 6 short questions are intended to collect feedback of a small sample of experts and experienced citizen engagement practitioners.  An aim of the European Smart City project REMOURBAN is to set out innovative strategies to turn citizens from being passive persons into active actors of the sustainable renovation of the city they live in….

The testimony will be used as part of a major deliverable supporting REMOURBAN cities
to devise and implement successful citizen engagement strategies.

The answer will also be used to help inspire many other similar cities as part of the dissemination and replication activities. This may include publication online and citation in future publications of the project.

The deadline to participate is 30 November 2015

Go to the survey.

The Smart City World Congress provides a platform for innovators to meet with people who can implement their ideas.

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Through activities, the exceptional congress features world renowned speakers, and popular side events. It attracts thousands of participants each year, making it consistently the top event for exhibitors and visitors alike.

The Green Digital Charter collaborates with the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities by showcasing the added value of using ICT solutions in cities and the best practices developed by GDC signatories cities.


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GREEN DIGITAL CHARTER will collect additional questions or doubts from signatory cities related to the new smart cities 2016 call and the calls promoting the use of nature based solutions fro urban regeneration


Following our successful event on ‘Innovating cities with nature’, which attracted more than 60 participants from around Europe, the GREEN DIGITAL CHARTER project is now working to further support signatory cities wishing to apply for the new smart cities call and the calls relating to the use of nature-based solutions.

Cities interested in applying for these calls should send their questions or concerns to Anja de Cunto ( by the end of November.

All the questions we collect will then be referred to the technical experts from DG CONNECT, DG ENER and DG Research and Innovation. Towards the end of the year we will then organise a follow up webinar to answer all your questions.

Final Agenda

Jens Bartholmes – Smart Cities and Communities

Yeroyanni and Guarnacci – Nature Based Solutions

Nikolaos Kontinakis – GDC workshop introduction

Monica Ibido – Smart city standards

Thimo Thoeye – Open Data for Smart Cities

Vivienne Avery – Urban Platform

Miimu Airaksinen – CITYKEYS

Skopje becomes first non-EU city to sign the Green Digital Charter, which promotes the use of ICT for energy efficiency.
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Koce Trajanovski, mayor of Skopje, signed the Green Digital Charter (GDC) on 13 October. By signing up to the charter, the city makes a strategic commitment to cooperate with other European cities on improving energy efficiency and combatting climate change through ICT.

Skopje became the first non-EU city to sign, joining 47 other GDC signatories. The signature comes after a decision by the Skopje city assembly.

The signature means that Skopje commits to: support and promote the green network of connected cities that are using energy-efficient ICT solutions; develop a common standard for the collection, comparison and analysis of greenhouse gas and other energy data within the city; and apply innovations in ICT to public and other city transport, buildings and public lighting systems. This network of connected cities is important for the economic, social and environment wellbeing of all citizens.

Upon signing, Koce Trajanovski, mayor of Skopje, said: “The city of Skopje became the 48th city in Europe that signed the Green Digital Charter and the first city that signed the charter from the Western Balkans cities. By signing the charter, the city of Skopje undertakes, through cooperation with other city signatories, the greater use of information and communication technologies in order to take action to protect the environment and to increase energy efficiency.