logo_enLinked to the Smart Cities initiatives, the European Commission is encouraging the participation of city representatives in an e-mail based distribution list to collect their views on the ongoing draft methodology of ICT in Cities under ITU (International Telecommunication Union). You now have the chance your voice to be heard in something that will largely affect the environmental future of our cities!

You can find the questionnaire here.


Cities are responsible for over 70% of the Greenhouse gas emissions but at the same time they are the places where supported by ICT we can achieve most of the savings.

Europe is committed to reducing CO2 emissions to prevent dangerous climate changes and we must make sure that our growing use of ICT, which improves our lives and our productivity in so many good ways, does not endanger our planet.

Addressing environmental issues, in a city context in particular, is among the Commission priorities. In this context and among other actions the European Commission is acting as chief editor on the development of a methodology that will help cities in assessing their ICT related footprint at household, companies and city administration level as well as estimating the emissions reduction due to ICT projects at city level. This work is taking place as part of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, activities.

As European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: “Transparency in measuring the ICTs’ environmental effect will empower all of us, citizens, public and private organisations, to make greener choices when we buy or use digital technologies.”

The above mentioned “ICT in cities” methodology is expected to be ready by the end of 2014. The European Commission considers the viewpoint of the cities essential for the success of this initiative and therefore we are encouraging the participation of the cities in an e-mail based distribution list to collect their views on the ongoing draft methodology. Moreover, we would appreciate as many views from cities as possible on a related 15 min questionnaire.

You have now the opportunity to provide your views and input on this . Please, send us your comments by filling a relevant questionnaire that can be found here; the instructions to join the e_mail list are at the end of it.

If you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact Isabella.Maschio@ec.europa.eu or Cristobal.Irazoqui@ec.europa.eu