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February 2018 saw the end of the GuiDanCe project, a H2020 support action for EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter initiative. The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a political declaration, committing 53 European cities to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to tackle climate change and improve quality of life in cities.

For three years, GuiDanCe supported the effort of signatory cities to implement policies and projects as part of their commitment to the Charter. From peer-learning to the exchange of best practices, high-profile promotion events and a variety of publications, GuiDanCe activities were designed to promote collaboration among cities in promoting the use of digital solutions to improve energy efficiency, reduce cities’ overall carbon footprint through innovative public services and involve the citizens in the making of future cities.

Capacity building

Capture-cover-guidebookOne of the GuiDanCe objectives was dedicated to building cities’ capabilities and empowering local administrations to face the technological and societal challenges associated with digitalisation and the implementation of their digital and smart city strategies.

Different formats were adopted:

Lessons learnt and recommendations produced throughout the training process resulted in the publication of a guidebook on ‘peer-to-peer learning for cities’ (GDC guidebook Peer-to-peer learning for cities).

Raising cities’ voice

Giving voice to the GDC signatories and how they design and implement smart city projects was another objective of the project. GuiDanCe ensured that concrete developments in signatory cities were widely shared through its active participation in:

Publications such as the three annual collections of GDC case-studies (GDC 2017 case studies) and the two GDC monitoring reports (GuiDanCe 2017 monitoring report) validate the evolution of European cities towards a smarter and more sustainable future.


For more information, contact:

Nikolaos Kontinakis, GuiDanCe project coordinator at Nikolaos.Kontinakis[at]eurocities.eu

eipscc-v2The Action Cluster for Integrated Infrastructures of the EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) is currently collecting responses to their 5 minutes survey on the ‘Humble Lamppost’ initiative.

The initiative, which aims to offer more efficient and affordable lighting services by upgrading 10 million smart lampposts in European cities both in the means of LED lamppost infrastructure and smart services operating it, now gathers opinions, experiences and vision of cities in regards to the smart lighting.

The contributions will help to increase both scale and the pace of adoption of the ‘Humble Lamppost’ goal. You can take part in the survey until Monday 31 July 2017. In case of any questions about the questionnaire, contact integratedinfrastructure@eu-smartcities.eu.

On 25 January 2017 at the occasion of the conference ‘Cities in Transition‘, the cities of Zaragoza, Lisbon and Rijeka were awarded for their innovative contributions to the objectives of the Green Digital Charter.

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Citizen participation and impact on society

Carlos Alocen, Daniel Sarasa and Gerardo Lahuerta received the award on behalf of Zaragoza in this category, in recognition of the impact of the ‘Zaragoza Citizen Card’. This multi-purpose smart (RFID) card is part of Zaragoza’s collaborative approach to facilitate citizens’ access to public services. Runner-up cities for this category were Reykjavik (Better Reykjavik and My Neighbourhood) and Utrecht (Traffic Lights Hotline).

Creation of European added value

Lisbon’s integrated management system for energy efficiency developed under the FP7-funded BESOS project was recognised in the ‘European added-value’ category. Implemented in Lisbon and Barcelona, the project is a perfect example of how digital technologies can help in the global fight against climate change. The project’s coordinator, Francisco Goncalves, received the award on behalf of the city of Lisbon. Runner-up cities for this category were Bristol (REPLICATE) and Zagreb (Zagreb Energy Week).

Promoting open and interoperable solutions 

Finally, Tatjana Perse from the city of Rijeka received the award on ‘Promoting open and interoperable solutions’ for the iURBAN smart Decision Support System (DSS) project. This integrated, multilevel and scalable tool has been designed for cities’ administration to critically analyse energy consumption patterns and increase energy efficiency in public buildings. Runner-up cities for this category were Amsterdam (Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods) and Valencia (Valencia Smart City Platform).

The jury was composed of Miimu Airaksinen (VTT, Finland), Peter Bosch (TNO, Netherlands), Jan Dictus (GOJA Consulting, Austria), and Cristobal Irazoqui (European Commission, DG CNECT).

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In total, 21 projects, implemented in 14 cities, were submitted for this second edition of the GDC awards. All nominated projects represent the best in urban innovation – judge by yourself by leafing through our 2016 collection of case studies (bit.ly/GDC–case-studies-2016).

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The Covenant of Mayors Office is hosting a webinar dedicated to Signatories and Coordinators with the objective of presenting innovative ICT solutions to deliver energy efficiency, with a special focus on those based on demand-response or requiring active involvement of consumers. Such solutions can be integrated into the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), developed and implemented by signatories. This webinar will allow participants to learn about the Green Digital Charter initiative and benefit from the insight of pioneering cities which are already achieving energy savings through the use of ICT.

Time Title Speaker
11.00-11.10 What ICT solutions to integrate in SEAPs and what opportunities offered to signatories by the Green Digital Charter By Nikolaos Kontinakis, EUROCITIES, Green Digital Charter
11.10-11.15 Q&A
11.15-11.30 Bristol’s Balancing Act: Testing ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency through Citizen engagement By Johnathan Brookes, City of Bristol
11.30-11.45 Valencia Smart City Strategy. Environmental and Sustainable Development Anna Melchor Pérez, City of Valencia
11.45-12.00 Using the monitoring and analysis of data for low cost energy optimization of buildings and urban infrastructure By Octavo Cabello, City of Zaragoza
12.00-12.30 Q&A

 

How to join the webinar?

Register to the webinar at: http://www.covenantofmayors.eu/agenda_en.html?id_event=1262

The webinar will be held in English and participation is limited to 100 participants.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Green Digital Charter is a declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It therefore promotes progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

In addition to a range of statements and aims, the Charter entails three specific commitments:

  • to work with Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT & energy efficiency
  • to deploy five large-scale ICT for energy efficiency pilots per city within 5 years from the signature
  • to decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within 10 years from the signature

Previously supported by the project ‘NiCE’ – Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency, starting from March 2015 the Green Digital Charter is supported by the a new project called ‘GuiDanCe’, coordinated by EUROCITIES and co-financed by the European Union funding programme Horizon2020.

WORK DESCRIPTION

During the project GuiDanCe we will organise technical trainings, webinars and work shadowing events in order to tackle specific problems and city needs related to the implementation of the DGC commitments.

EUROCITIES is looking for an external expert (organisation or independent).

The external expert needs to have a well established background that relates to the Green Digital Charter and will offer independent expertise regarding the technical, scientific and business aspects of GDC.

Two (2) meetings between the external expert and EUR are foreseen during the project implementation, to be held in conjunction with other meetings or training events when possible.

The mandate of the external expert organisation will be to:

  • Provide strategic advice on the overall project approach and methodology of the project;
  • Contribute (under an additional mandate in WP3) as invited experts’ organisation to the technical training events and work shadowing visits;
  • Support the project‘s dissemination activities.

An indicative time schedule of the activities of the external experts:

Project month/Calendar month (4)June 2015 (5-7) July-September 2015 (13– 15)March-May 2016 (24)February 2017 (25)March 2017
Task activity Meeting with EUR in Brussels External expert participates in 2 training events Meeting with EUR in Brussels
Requested input from external expert Short report on the current “Green Digital” landscape Short feedback on the training process   Update of the short report of m5-m7
Relevant project result Training activities

TIMING

  • Deadline for receiving quotes: 5 June 2015
  • Awarding of the contract: 9 June 2015
  • Ad hoc support throughout the duration of the project until March 2017, as detailed in the work description.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The external expert will be selected on the basis of a set of criteria:

  • Willingness and ability to perform the aforementioned tasks in time and on budget
  •  Previous experience of working for and with “Green Digital” EU policies, preferably the Green Digital Charter
  • Previous experience of working with EUROCITIES
  • Reputation of the external expert to the European cities and smart city stakeholders
  • Quality and experience of (at least one) senior expert that will undertake the aforementioned tasks (in case of an organisation).

The contract will be awarded to the expert/company among the pre-selected ones that provides the best offer in terms of value for money.

Each offer should be in EUR and should include:

  • the net value of the service and the VAT value in EUR,
  • description of expertise in relation to the field of work
  • CVs of the staff working on the task

Interested experts/companies should be able to work to the timeline above.

The net value of provided service and the VAT value should be clearly indicated in the offer.

The experts/companies from outside Belgium should convert offers in national currency into EUR according to the rate established by the European Commission for June 2015. Please use the EC official website: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/inforeuro/index.cfm (the rate for each month is published the first working day of this month).

Furthermore, the experts/companies from outside Belgium should take into account that in case of inter-community services, the VAT is due in the country of the customer.

BUDGET

The budget available for this call is 20.000 Euros (including VAT).

OTHER NOTES

If you have any questions about this call, please contact Nikolaos Kontinakis nikolaos.kontinakis@eurocities.eu or 02 552 0846.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Green Digital Charter is a declaration committing cities to working together to deliver on the EU climate objectives through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It therefore promotes progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

In addition to a range of statements and aims, the Charter entails three specific commitments:

  • to work with Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT & energy efficiency
  • to deploy five large-scale ICT for energy efficiency pilots per city within 5 years from the signature
  • to decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within 10 years from the signature

Previously supported by the project ‘NiCE’ – Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency, starting from March 2015 the Green Digital Charter is supported by the a new project called ‘GuiDanCe’, coordinated by EUROCITIES and co-financed by the European Union funding programme Horizon2020.

WORK DESCRIPTION

The current text of the Green Digital Charter was created in 2009 and took its current form in 2011, thus it does not reflect the technological tends of the last 2-3 years. The text will need to be updated in order to reflect current policy and technology trends and bring the GDC closer to the structure and objectives of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart City and Communities (EIP-SCC) and the recent policy development of the “Digital Agenda Strategy”.

Any changes to the text of the Green Digital Charter have to come through a highly participatory process.

EUROCITIES is looking for an external expert (organisation or individual).

The external expert needs to have a well established background that relates to the Green Digital Charter and will offer independent expertise regarding the technical, scientific and business aspects of GDC.

One meeting between the external expert and EUR are foreseen during the project implementation, to be held in conjunction with other meetings or training events when possible.

The mandate of the external expert organisation will be to:

  • Offer specific expertise on key issues related to the and more specifically the update of the GDC and its alignment with current initiatives like the EIP-SCC, the SCS platform, the projects under HORIZON2020-SCC1-4 calls, etc.;
  • Cooperate with other independent experts and city practitioners to offer better input to the GDC update process;
  • Support the project‘s dissemination activities.

An indicative time schedule of the activities of the external experts:

 

Project month/Calendar month (4)June 2015 (5 – 7)July- September 2015 (9)November 2015 (11)December 2016
Task activity Meeting with EUR in Brussels External expert cooperates with experts and cities
Requested input from external expert Proposal for updated GDC
Relevant project result Updated GDC draft 1 Updated GDC final draft Updated GDC finalised

 

TIMING

–       Deadline for receiving quotes: 5 June 2015

–       Awarding of the contract: 9 June 2015

–       Ad hoc support throughout the duration of the project until February 2016, as detailed in the work description.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The external expert will be selected on the basis of a set of criteria:

• Willingness and ability to perform the aforementioned tasks in time and on budget

• Previous experience of working for and with “Green Digital” EU policies, preferably the Green Digital Charter.

• Previous experience of working with EUROCITIES

• Reputation of the external expert to the European cities and smart city stakeholders

• Quality and experience of (at least one) senior expert that will undertake the aforementioned tasks (in case of an organisation).

 

The contract will be awarded to the expert/company among the pre-selected ones that provides the best offer in terms of value for money.

 

Each offer should be in EUR and should include:

  • the net value of the service in EUR;
  • description of expertise in relation to the field of work;
  • CVs of the staff working on the task.

Interested experts/companies should be able to work to the timeline above.

The net value of provided service and the VAT value should be clearly indicated in the offer.

The experts/companies from outside Belgium should convert offers in national currency into EUR according to the rate established by the European Commission for June 2015. Please use the EC official website: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/inforeuro/index.cfm (the rate for each month is published the first working day of this month).

Furthermore, the experts/companies from outside Belgium should take into account that in case of inter-community services, the VAT is due in the country of the customer.

BUDGET

The budget available for this call is 10.000 Euros (including VAT).

OTHER NOTES

If you have any questions about this call, please contact Nikolaos Kontinakis nikolaos.kontinakis@eurocities.eu or 02 552 0846.

 

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Valencia-SpainThe Councillor responsible for the Environment and Sustainable Development on the Valencia City Council, Mª Àngels Ramón-Llin, has announced that a Municipal Plenary Session has approved an adhesion agreement to the European initiative, Green Digital Charter, promoted by the network of EUROCITIES to encourage local actions geared towards innovation and excellence in the area of CITs applied to energy efficiency. The adhesion process has been handled and co-ordinated by Fundación InnDEA from Valencia.

Mª Àngels Ramón-Llin has shown her satisfaction at the fact that Valencia is becoming part of the Green Digital Charter because, according to her comments, “nowadays, this initiative is acknowledged on a public-private scale, and European experts consider it as a benchmark in the field”.

The Councillor has explained that Valencia “ as a smart and sustainable city, is becoming part of this European proposal, in which our city regains a position on the leading edge of European cities committed to the challenge against climate change, and goes a step further in our commitment with the environment and quality of life of the citizens of Valencia

At the same time, Ramón-Llin has pointed out that one of the requirements for becoming part of the initiative is to be currently carrying out projects related to CITs and energy efficiency, “something which Valencia, as a consolidated Smart City, has been doing for some years now, with projects such as commitment to advanced remote management systems, such as the water treatment and supply networks, the implementation of smart meters for drinkable water, or the implementation of electronic administration”.

All of this, will enable our city to “offer new ideas and initiatives that will enrich the group of around 30 European cities making up the Green Digital Charter”, the politician has added.

Green Digital Charter has the support of GuiDanCe, a Horizon 2020 EU funded project that will help cities work on their Green Digital Charter commitments for the next three years.

Mª Àngels Ramón-Llin has highlighted that forming part of this European initiative is “very important for many reasons”, among which she points out that Green Digital Charter “is a project backed by the European Commission as part of its policy of Smart Cities; that the CITs applied to energy efficiency are contributing directly to the 20-20-20 targets, or that the cities who sign up are the main beneficiaries of the activities, principally concerning the exchange of good practices, carried out in the GuiDanCe project”.

2011_10_14th_LOGO_GDC_draft03dThe new project, under the name GuiDanCe, will help EUROCITIES to support and guide the Green Digital Charter (GDC) signatory cities work together towards their commitments.

GDC is a EUROCITIES response, initiated by Clicks and Links Ltd and the City of Manchester, as part of a ‘Greenshift’ initiative. It has been realised through the work of the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum Working Group on ICT for Energy Efficiency, led by the City of Manchester. It was built on ICT-enabled sustainability initiatives like “Smart 2020,” with the Global e-sustainability initiative and the Climate Group, and “ICT4EE” with the European Commission.

The Charter commits cities to delivering on the EU climate objectives through the development of urban digital strategies, the implementation of integrated, large-scale, ICT-based solutions, the development of cities as open innovation platforms and the creation of new partnerships under a green and urban “digital agenda”. Up to now, 45 major cities from 20 European countries have signed the GDC, and are successfully working together towards the aforementioned objectives.

GuiDanCe is funded by Horizon 2020 and follows-up the work done by the FP7-NiCE project “Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency”. More specifically, the project will work towards three main objectives:

  1. Strengthen the engagement of GDC signatory cities to create a club of cities that work together towards their GDC commitments;
  2. Improve existing GDC tools and services and their impact to signatory cities;
  3. Promote GDC signatory cities’ activities in and outside the EU.

The project started in March 2015 and will run for 3 years.

For more information you can contact nikolaos.kontinakis@eurocities.eu, anja.decunto@eurocities.eu or visit www.greendigitalcharter.eu

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Burgas DSC05172fPaving the road in South-eastern Europe, Burgas has become the 45th signatory of the Green Digital Charter and first city of Bulgaria that joins the initiative.

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a EUROCITIES-led initiative that promotes the use of ICT solutions to reduce cities’ emissions but also the greening of cities’ ICT equipment.

On 25 February, Dimitar Nikolov, mayor of Burgas, joined the group of European cities committed to using ICT solutions to promote energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, and address climate change. These objectives are in line with the EU 2020 priorities, the development of smart cities and the use of ICT to tackle wider social and economic targets.

After the signing, the mayor said: “I am ready to be an ambassador for this extremely important initiative not only in Bulgaria, but in South-eastern Europe. Burgas joins the European strategy for smart growth. The Green Digital Charter is an opportunity for new partnerships, new projects and promotion of Burgas as a city of innovation and intelligent management”.

The city, together with all the other signatories, will now participate in the Horizon 2020 GuiDanCe project, led by EUROCITIES, which follows the FP7 funded NiCE – Networking Intelligent cities for Energy Efficiency project (see here). Through exchange of knowledge and ideas, training activities and visibility events, it will support cities in delivering the objectives of the charter, as follows:

  • work with other signatory cities on ICT & energy efficiency
  • deploy five large scale ‘ICT for energy efficiency’ projects within five years
  • decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint by 30% within 10 years

Photo: EUROCITIES

DSC_3645Following the example of the French cities of Nantes, Nice and Bordeaux, Roubaix has become the 44th signatory of the Green Digital Charter.

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a EUROCITIES-led initiative that promotes the use of ICT solutions to reduce cities’ emissions and promote progress towards tackling climate change.

On 21 January, Guillaume Delbar, mayor of Roubaix, joined the group of 43 European cities committed to using ICT solutions to promote energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and address climate change, objectives in line with the EU 2020 priorities and the development of smart cities. 

Guillaume Delbar explained that sustainability is a top priority for the city, which is demonstrating its engagement at local level, through innovative plans like the ‘zero waste’ approach, but also its commitment at European level.

The mayor said: “I am proud to see Roubaix becoming the fourth French city signatory, after Nantes, Nice and Bordeaux, within a network of sustainable digital cities committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by increasing the use of new technologies.”

The city, together with all the other signatories, will now participate in the GuiDanCe project, led by EUROCITIES, which follows the FP-7 funded NiCE – Networking Intelligent cities for Energy Efficiency project (see here).Through exchange of knowledge and ideas and visits to project sites, it will support cities in delivering the objectives of the charter:

A. work with other signatory cities on ICT & energy efficiency
B. deploy 5 large-scale ‘ICT for energy efficiency’ projects within five years 
C. decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint by 30% within 10 years

 Photo: Ville de Roubaix

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.

Edinburgh and Turin sign the Green Digital Charter.             From left: Enzo Lavolta, Turin; Donald Wilson, Edinburgh; Paul Bevan, EUROCITIES; Nigel Murphy, Manchester

One week only after the last Green Digital Charter signature, two more cities have agreed to adhere to our initiative.

The cities of Edinburgh (UK) and Turin (Italy), have joined our initiative last 8 November, raising the number of signatories to 34. The Green Digital Charter signatories altogether now represent about 20 million citizens across 14 European countries.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson signed for Edinburgh while Turin was represented by Councillor for Environment Enzo lavolta.

The signature has taken place in Nantes in occasion of the 2012 Annual Conference of EUROCITIES in front of Paul Bevan, EUROCITIES secretary general, and Nigel Murphy, Manchester deputy mayor and newly elected vice chair of the Knowledge Society Forum of EUROCITIES.

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Green Digital Charter signatories. From left: David Hopkins, Milton Keynes; Tommaso Sodano, Naples; Merce Griera i Fisa, EC - DG Connect; Andreea Strachinescu, EC - DG Energy; Paul Bevan, EUROCITIES; Nigel Murphy, Manchester; Antonio Cantatore, Bari; Ivo Rossi, Padua.

 

On 31 October, Bologna hosted the first Roadshow of the NiCE (Networking intelligent cities for energy efficiency) project. The event, focussing on enabling technologies for energy efficiency, has been  held in context of the Smart Cities Exhibition organised under the patronage of the city.

The roadshow was the setting for a Green Digital Charter signing ceremony during which four new cities demonstrated their commitment to using ICT to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Italian cities of Bari, Naples and Padua and the British city of Milton Keynes joined the 28 large European municipalities that have already signed the Green Digital Charter. The 32 signatories altogether now represent 18 million citizens across 14 European countries.

Representing the city of Bari, director Antonio Cantatore has declared that the natural equation of ICT is energy efficiency and saving. Councillor David Hopkins has declared that the Charter is a motivation for the city of Milton Keynes to continue their work towards energy efficiency: “we are well on target but we need to cooperate with other cities fighting climate change as we do”. The vice mayor of Naples, Tommaso Sodano, had underlined how the objectives of the Charter are reachable only with the support and cooperation of all actors of the city: public administrations, enterprises and citizens. Finally, for the city of Padova vice mayor Ivo Rossi has declared that the Charter is a new Challenge to include to other actions within the Covenant of Mayors and to promote to neighbouring towns and cities.

Mercè Griera-I-Fisa of DG CONNECT has congratulated and welcomed the four new signstories, confirming the support of the European Commission to this initiative.

The event, focusing on enabling technologies for energy efficiency, has been hosted by the city of Bologna held in context of the Smart Cities Exhibition. This has been a great occasion to learn from local experiences of the city of Bologna, signatory of the Green Digital Charter since February 2010.

The day, moderated by EUROCITIES secretary general Paul Bevan,  included speaches from local representatives from the hosting city and region and their implementation partners: the city of Manchester, the Austrian Institute of Technology and Stuttgart university.

The Green Digital Roadshows networking events will go on in 2013 to continue fostering partnerships between signatory cities, European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders. The second of three appointments will take place in Nuremberg in March 2013 in connection of a joint meeting of the Environment and Knowledge Society Forums of EUROCITIES .

Have a look at the profile of our new signatories, with contact and information:


On 3-4 May 2012, the European Commission organised a two day conference on sustainable ICT, smart grids and smart cities, which was opened by Neelie Kroes, Commission vice-president and Günther Oettinger, commissioner for energy.

The conference brought together policy makers from local and European level and stakeholders such as telecoms companies, energy providers, regulators and consumer organisations.

Participants exchanged ideas on how ICT can help make cities greener. During the panel on ‘integrated urban solution in smart cities and communities’, Barcelona and Eindhoven presented ICT-enabled solutions designed to support them in achieving their Covenant of Mayors commitments. We co-organised and chaired the session on ‘reducing the ICT footprint in cities’, which focused on the other aspect of ICT for sustainability: greening ICT itself. Malmo presented its sustainable ICT plan developed in line with its Green Digital Charter commitments.

Did you miss the conference?  You can now watch the videos and photos of the main sessions online.

See also: Access the Conference materials online

 

The NiCE project and the Green Digital Charter have been presented during the international conference “Local and Regional Authorities in the Process of Sustainable Energy Development” organised by the City of Zagreb on 16 May 2012 in the context of the 3rd Zagreb Energy Week.

Mayor Bandic, Zagreb Energy Week

 

 

Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb launched the conference: “The City of Zagreb administration is determined to actively implement the planned measures and processes energy for sustainable development to achieve the vision, ‘the City of Zagreb – a city of sustainable development’, in collaboration with all relevant entities in the country and abroad. The organization of our third Zagreb Energy Week revealed a high degree of mutual understanding and cooperation of all stakeholders in an effort to present our citizens together real problems and solutions and capabilities to ensure a better future for our children.”

 

 

At the conference, panelists have presented new initiatives and projects at national and international levels in which the city of Zagreb is actively involved. Amendments to legislation, possibilities of economic development and the role of local and regional governments in the process of sustainable energy development of theRepublicofCroatiahave also been presented by national and local institutions and stakeholders.

Among the various projects presented, EUROCITIES introduced the Green Digital Charter and NiCE project, highlighting the importance of the initiative and benefits for cities following the tools developed by the project and remarking the active role and involvement of the City of Zagreb. This was the occasion to present the other projects and initiatives for Energy Efficiency in which EUROCITIES is involved: the Cascade project and the Covenant of Mayors.

Download: Presentation “EUROCITIES and Energy Efficiency – NiCE and the GDC, Cascade and the Covenant of Mayors”

Visit the conference website to download and view all the presentations and pictures.


 

 

 

 

 

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Linkoping and Venice signed the Green Digital Charter on 4 and 5 May 2012 respectively. The number of signatories to the Charter, through which cities commit to reducing their carbon emissions through ICT, now stands at 28.
 

Christian Gustavsson, Linkoping City Commissioner

 

 

 

 

Christian Gustavsson, Linkoping city commissioner, signed the charter during the ‘Smart Energy & Sustainable ICT’ onference on 4 May in front of the European Commission representatives, other European cities and stakeholders. He said:
«Linkoping has come a long way, but we are happy to join forces with others for a better, sustainable future. Signing the Green Digital Charter is an important statement but also an important part of our zero footprint strategy».

 

Gianfranco Bettin, Venice Councillor for Environment and Digital Citizenship

 

Venice signed the Charter the following day during ‘Notte Verde Venezia’ (Green Night), an event focusing on sustainability and involving cities and boroughs in the north-east of Italy.

Gianfranco Bettin, councillor for environment and digital citizenship, signed on behalf of Venice. He said:

«Cities play a crucial role in reaching the objectives of the fight to the climate change inEurope, working in cooperation with the European institutions and the Member States. The plans of economic recovery undertaken to face the actual financial crisis ask cities to take a leadership role in tackling the climate change through innovative technological solutions».