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The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is launching its podcast channel! From now on, Anthony Colclough from EUROCITIES will inform you on a monthly basis about different smart city related topics. In Urban Reverb, he will interview anyone who is either directly involved in smart city projects (such as politicians and engineers) or who is somehow affected by the outccomes of innovative and smart solutions (such as tenants).
Jump on the first episode and listen experts from Amsterdam, Utrecht and Helsinki explaining what ‘bidirectional chargers‘ are, or why ‘vehicle to grid‘ is the future of mobility in town.
SCIS podcast channel : https://www.smartcities-infosystem.eu/newsroom/podcasts
Where: Amsterdam, TQ Amsterdam
Getting to grisps on what is ‘Green ICT’ is not an easy task, but the concept of Green ICT touches all our lives and brings together two relevant themes concerning the present and future world : technology and the environment. Nevertheless, just as many other things we do every day, ICT has an environmental impact: so far, the global ICT industry accounts for approximately 2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions, a figure equivalent to aviation.
The European public sector, including city authorities, have a role to play in the emergence of an environmentally-friendly ICT sector.
REGISTER HERE : http://bit.ly/2GD8mY3
Amsterdam kicks-off a series of European workshops
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is organising a series of hands-on workshops across Europe to raise awaraness on Green ICT, for organisations to engage with tools and services increasing energy efficiency and for policy makers to introduce actions as part of their agenda to build a more sustainable world.
The first workshop will take place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 20 March 2018 (venue still to be confirmed). The half-day (stimulating yet intensive) workshop will be divided into three different parts, touching upon :
- Policy and public administration interventions on public policies and programmes
- Best practices from SMEs and reputable tools and services available to help organisations improve their energy efficiency
- An interactive training session and testing of the new Self-Assessment Tool for Organisations (SAT-O) already accessible online at http://sat-o.ictfootprint.eu/
Main Take-aways for the audience
- Learn about tools and products on the market in Europe today that are providing Green ICT products;
- Develop your organisation’s Green ICT assessment during the hands-on session with our SAT-O;
- Grab the opportunity to become a member on our ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace as a buyer or seller and become part of our green ICT growing community
- Gain a whole new understanding of why Green ICT should become your priority & how it can be affordable for SMEs.
Amsterdam will be walking away with the GDC 2018 award for the City-ZEN ‘virtual power plant’, a project which puts green energy into the grid and money into residents’ pockets at the same time.
“The City-ZEN project not only stabilises the local grid in the neighbourhood but also decreases the societal cost of the energy transition locally” said Jan Willem Eising, project coordinator, accepting the award.
The virtual power plant is an online platform which puts together the solar energy that residents are creating and consuming, storing the surplus locally. This allows residents who are generating their own solar energy in their homes and sell it on the open market! So far, more than 40 households have taken part in the initiative in the Dutch capital’s district of Niew-West.
This project delivered impressively on GDC’s selection criteria by putting citizens at the centre of ICT innovation, enabling them through technology to improve their own quality of life by bring the city closer to its green goals. Most importantly, this engaging method of incentivising solar energy production among citizens is highly reclable – there is little to prevent every city in Europe from implementing their own version of this programme. Indeed, we hope they will!
The jury, which consisted of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland); Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria); and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT), were very impressed with all the case studies submitted to the Green Digital Charter’s annual publication.
Two other projects stood out. Bristol’s REPLICATE project, piloted through 150 ‘smart homes’, is an energy demand management scheme that monitors and controls energy use in order to level out peak demand. Dublin’s iSCAPE project uses ‘passive control systems’ to reduce the impact of air pollution in urban spaces, in combination with policy interventions and creating behavioural changes in citizens’ lifestyle.
The results are in!
Three cities have been selected from all the fantastic case studies submitted to the Green Digital Charter’s annual publication. All participating cities will be immortalised in 2018’s case studies collection, but only one will walk away with first prize during the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ conference organised by GDC and EUROCITIES KSF on 23 January 2018 in Brussels.
And the shortlisted GDC signatory cities are …
Amsterdam, with the City-Zen Project presents the virtual power plant, an online ICT-platform which aggregates people’s production and consumption of solar energy and stores the surplus locally, allowing its citizens to sell home-generated green energy on the open market. So far, more than 40 households have taken part to the initiative in the Dutch capital’s district of Nieuw-West.
Energy is also the core topic of the second finalist’s case study, the City of Bristol, where, in the framework of the REPLICATE project, an energy demand management scheme will be put in place to monitor and control energy use allowing to level out peak demand. The system will be piloted through 150 “smart homes”, having the opportunity to test “connected or smart appliances”.
The third finalist is Dublin, showcasing the iSCAPE project, aimed at improving the smart control of air pollution in Europe. In order to more efficiently reduce the impact of air pollution, this project comes out with a mixed approach focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces, on policy interventions and behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle.
Meet the jury
A jury consisting of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland); Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria); and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT) will decide which of the shortlisted projects scores best on the use of ICT, the effectiveness in meeting the city’s targets, and the involvement of citizens and civils society stakeholders.
Join at the ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ conference on 23 January to learn more about all the innovative projects cities are carrying out, and to see which one carries off first prize!
Registration are still open at http://bit.ly/2k4yzZG.
Since 2015, Gemeente Amsterdam (OIS) is managing City Data (data.amsterdam.nl / Dutch only), one data portal gathering all useful data collected by the city (data about pubic space, buildings and plots of land, traffic, healthcare, the environment, liveability, permits, subsidies and many others).
The (open) data portal contains big data collections, like the basic records, which include all addresses of Amsterdam, topographical and cadastral data. City Data also contains smaller collections, such as hits during World War Two or the number of dwellings in certain districts and neighbourhoods.
By opening data, Amsterdam get four main benefits:
- Transparency and access to government data and information
- Releasing social and commercial value, data being a driver for innovative business and services
- Participatory governance from better informed citizens who can thereafter get involved in decision-making
- Internal efficiency of the municipality’s departments
Data can be shown in a map, downloaded as a data-set, or linked automatically to systems via ‘web-services’ or APIs. Data included in City Data is not only the data collected by the City of Amsterdam. Everyone can and may offer data sets. Although Amsterdam City Data is openly accessible through the internet, some of the data is not open to the public and available for authorised city employees only (non-public data).
The project team will now work further on the “Three Layers of Data” approach, which envisions an integrated platform for internal, shared and open data within the City of Amsterdam.
A replicable tool
When developing the data portal, the project team uses open-source software whenever possible. The developed software, as well as the source code, are freely available for those who are interested (read more).
More information on amsterdamsmartcity.com.
The City of Amsterdam was the winner of the City Award at the second edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, held November 14 in Barcelona, Spain. Amsterdam’s winning submission was an innovative Open Data Program for transport and mobility, with the motto: “We the data, you the apps.” The program, as part of the Amsterdam Smart City Approach, aims at making Amsterdam more accessible through opening public data to optimize mobility and transportation.
Amsterdam, also one of the signatory cities of the Green Digital Charter, is now working on making traffic and transportation data publicly available, in the hope that the open data will stimulate innovation for new products and mobile services to make trips more efficient whilst improving the accessibility of the city.Examples of new apps that have been created are Parkshark (Glimworm) and Bike Like a Local.