Valencia

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  • Country: Spain
  • Population: 800.469
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Mª Àngels Ramón-Llin Martínez
  • Website:  www.valencia.es

 

 

 

City Introduction

The City of Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.

Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart, the Llotja de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996), and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

Their key developments in the last years are an ICT Infrastructure based on FIWARE, efficient public transportation system and an efficient traffic system and irrigation system.

The city key goals for the next 10 to 20 years are:

  • improve the energy efficiency of all buildings owned by the city;
  • use of renewable energy sources;
  • achieve a sustainable public transportation system
  • energy efficiency public lighting in the whole area of the city.

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Related Initiatives

2020 Valencia Strategy

The “2020 Valencia Strategy” aims to channel the city’s socioeconomic development and progress over the forthcoming years by taking on strategic challenges and seeking excellence in promising environments.

By identifying the main strategic sectors that will constitute the mainstay of the Valencian economy, which include innovation, quality tourism, and the promotion of sustainability and environmental excellence, Valencia will achieve the objectives by 2020. Different actions will bring that city closer to us and make Valencia a more inhabitable, more human space that generates more wealth. For this reason our activities will be designed to attract talent, knowledge, and investment, to encourage an enterprising and social citizen culture, and to favour excellence in fields such as design, renewable energy, health, logistics, tourism, and art so as to design and create a city we all want to live in.

The main pillars of economic and social development of the strategy are:innovation, sustainability, and environmental quality together with the highlighting of the distinguishing elements of the environmental excellence of Valencia, the promoting of an enterprising and civic-minded citizen culture, the attracting of talent, knowledge, and investment and of visitors courtesy of quality tourism, and the promoting of excellence in spheres of the city with potential for the future (design, renewable energies, health, art and music, logistics, technology,… for example).

Strategy planning was designed with 5 Strategic Objectives:

  1. Valencia R+D+i
  2. Sustainable Valencia
  3. International Valencia
  4. In-Touch Valencia
  5. Inhabitable Valencia

In order to develop these strategic axes, Valencia brought together in various Working Groups representatives of the various Administrations (both local and of the autonomous region) and the city’s main economic and social institutions (the universities, the port, the airport, the Chamber of Commerce, the Valencia Business Confederation (Confederación Empresarial Valencia, CEV), the Network of Technological Institutes of the Region of Valencia (Red de Institutos Tecnológicos de la Comunitat Valenciana, REDIT), the Valencia Trade Fair, etc.).

The results of the work of these groups include the future Local Innovation Pact, which will set itself objectives, and an Action Plan in coordination with the main innovation agents of the city.

Valencia shares with Climate KIC (www.climate-kic.org) a solid commitment to networking and collaboration between public institutions, its most prestigious universities and SMEs and market leading business. In this sense, Las Naves Valencia has the experience and it can contribute the networks VIT (Valencia, Innovation and Technology), communities of Valencia that cover strategic sectors, such as health, Fallas industry, energy and agrifood, and these networks do extraordinary work for their partners (universities, technological institutes, entrepreneurs, City Hall, institutions and investors) to exchange knowledge, to cooperate in R&D, to transfer technology and to synergize through networking.

EU projects

With these networks VIT, as Climate KIC does, Las Naves Valencia helps its members to establish partnerships, synergies, identify innovative opportunities to take their organizations to the vanguard of Europe and through them, Las Naves has tasted in real environments technologies from research projects, development and innovation in different European and national programs such as CATMED or MOBITRANS.

Valencia was also involved in the LIGH2CAT project funded under the EU 7th funding programme (FP7). The city tested new materials adapted to the urban environment (flooring, furniture, etc.) for removing pollutants. Moreover, Valencia halso participates in the European ‘SMILE’ project on Smart Green Innovative Urban Logistics for Energy Efficient  Mediteranean Cities (2013-2015).

Cooperation as a priority

For Las Naves Valencia, networking is a priority at the moment, especially in the field of public-private partnership. In this sense, Valencia is driving the Local Pact for Innovation. An initiative based on cooperation and coordination which brings together the major players in the local system of R&D (universities, research centers, business associations, Valencia´s Chamber of Commerce, the Generalitat through REDIT , etc.). With this Pact Valencia created a link that favours the contact between these actors to set common goals and go in the same direction.

Of course, Valencia is part of the Governing Council of the Network Innpulso of Science and Innovation Cities, which main objective is to strengthen the relationship between local authorities and the exchange of ideas for projects of science and innovation.

Our city is part of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities, leading the group of Government, Economics and Business and participating and sharing our successful projects in the areas of Social Innovation, Urban Mobility and the Environment, Infrastructure and Urban Skill.

And of course, Valencia is part of the Sustainable Cities Network.