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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.
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’.
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: http://bit.ly/25vL2nd
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.
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:
- Presentation and Paper
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: http://sustainable-places.eu/sp-2016/
Time is fast approaching in the lead-up to the NiCE project’s first Roadshow: Green Digital Charter for Smart Cities: enabling technologies for energy efficiency.
The Roadshow will take place on Wednesday 31 October, within the framework of the Smart Cities Exhibition hosted by the City of Bologna from 29-31 October.
This Roadshow will offer an occasion for Green Digital Charter signatories and interested cities to network with each other, European Institutions and industries. It is also a chance to increase the visibility and profile of their cities. Last but not least, the event presents an opportunity for cities to demonstrate their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint using ICT by signing the Green Digital Charter! (More information on the benefits of becoming a signatory and how to become a signatory.)
The event will be divided into three sessions in the morning before moving to the exhibition closure in the afternoon:
- Keynote speech delivered by Pier Paolo Maggiora on the Smart City: the infrastructure of the future
- Plenary session on the subject of the Covenant of Mayors and Sustainable Action Plans: the path towards smart cities including: Green Digital Charter signature ceremony
- Green Digital Charter for Smart Cities: enabling technology for energy savings, with speakers from local authorities as well as technical experts
Please click here to view a draft agenda of the event, which includes links to the registration pages for the different sessions.
- About the Smart Cities Exhibition and to register to other events, please visit the exhibition website
- About the Green Digital Charter Roadshows
The City of Bologna, signatory of the Green Digital Charter since February 2010, will host the first Green Digital Charter Roadshow next 31st October:
Green Digital Charter for smart cities
Enabling technologies for energy efficiency
Roadshows are visibility and networking events organised under the NiCE project with the purpose of increasing the visibility of the Green Digital Charter and enabling the fostering of partnerships between signatory cities, European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders. (More information)
The first of a series of three events, this roadshow is organised by the City of Bologna in cooperation with ForumPA and with the support of the NiCE project consortium. It set in context of the Smart Cities Exhibition taking place in Bologna on 29-31 October and it will focus on the role of ICT to trigger and support cities in tackling climate change.
More information and detailed programme coming soon.