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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 : http://business.metropoleruhr.de/en/digitalization/

 

Contact person:

Inga vom Hagen-Hülsberg  (Project Manager, Project Development), Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH, vomhagen-huelsberg@business.metropoleruhr.de

[This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website]

Last week ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 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 ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 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 ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 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 ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 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

ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 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 ICTFOOTPRINT.eu presentation here

Get the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Flyer customised for Cities & Public Administrators here

Access the photo gallery on Flickr

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 www.smartbluecity.com/ – [leaflet] –

 

EIP

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.

www.smartcitiesmed.com

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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.

More information can be found on eafip.eu.

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logo_enA new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT through lighthouse projects under Horizon 2020 (SCC-01-2015) will open on 10 December 2014 (deadline date for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015).

The information day will take place in the morning and will:

  • Inform participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities
  • Provide relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC-01 call.

In the afternoon, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia. Participation in the event is free of charge but registration is compulsory and applications will be dealt with on a “first come, first served” basis.

The registration is already open and will remain open until 10 January 2015.

For those not able to attend in person web-streaming will be provided. The agenda of the event and other relevant information will be uploaded in http://bit.ly/1y8S4y4.

Location: Building Charlemagne, Rue De La Loi 170, Brussels 1040

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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.

More information:

 

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This brokerage event on 11 July 2012 offered an opportunity for EUROCITIES member cities to develop consortia and project ideas ahead of the Smart Cities call for proposals in the 2013 Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Work Programme, expected to be published on 10 July. This event was organised back-to-back with the Commission’s Smart Cities & Communities stakeholder platform event on 10 July 2012. It also complemented the official European Commission FP7 Energy Research information day, which will took place on 4 July 2012.

The event gave participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the call from a representative from the Commission
  • Meet other European cities interested in the call
  • Network with project partners from all over Europe in view of developing joint projects
  • Interact with experts from EUROCITIES office for fine-tuning your project idea

During the event participants were able to present their city profile/project idea, which contributed to proactive matchmaking between potential projects.

Download: visit the “Document from events” resource session to download agenda and presentations of the training

 

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