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This article was originally published (in French) here (copyright: Valérie Noriega, Les Petites Affiches)

The metropolitan area of Nice (in French : Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur) just won one of the new European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. This new project, untitled ReUseHeat, will benefit from 4 million € to develop an experimental urban heating and cooling network in the new neighbourhood of Grand Arénas. The project will start immedialy in October 2017. – the official website for Nice candidacy to the iCapital Award 2017

“Nice Côte d’Azur, one of the ten finalist cities for the iCapital Award, a competition awarding the most innovative city in Europe, just won the European project ReUseHeat focused on energy efficiency. (…) Nice Côte d’Azur shares this new success with well-known partners at the European leael: the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the London School of Economics, the University of Aalborg and the European network Euroheat and power.

Thanks to ReUseHeat, we will be able to go further on the ground of innovation and energy efficiency. With our industrial partner EDF-DALKIA and the scientific and technical centre on buildings (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment), we will develop a heating system exploiting the waste-water management public network in the Metropole. In parallel, we will generate locally a powerful digital tool designed to improve electric grids’ efficiency in the new neighbourghood of Grand Arénas. (…)”

– Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and President of Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur

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(updated on 28 August 2017)

Four GDC signatories among finalists for the iCapital Award 2017

iCapital poster – European Commission website

Among all ten cities shortlisted for the iCapital Award 2017, four have signed the Green Digital Charter. Their strategy? Foster the use of digital solutions to improve quality of life in cities and increase participation in cities.

  • Helsinki – for its world-class education and IT culture that fosters innovative collaborations among citizens and institutions to jointly tackle urban challenges such as air quality, maritime technology and health-tech.
  • Nice – for its Smart City strategy that offers citizens to engage via the city Innovation Centre in decisions on climate change, healthy ageing, environmental risk and security innovation.
  • Tallinn – for becoming a model of a true “eCity” by digitalising all the city services.
  • Tampere -for its Grow.Smart.Together urban development program, where citizens, universities and businesses are involved in creating smart urban solutions fostering new jobs in the city.

“Tampere is committed to the development of a “city-as-a-platform”-based urban innovation ecosystem. key aims of the new 2017 Tampere Mayoral Program are to strenghten communality and co-creation, and to make Tampere a model city of urban digital economy focusing on citizens’ wellbeing and urban economic competitiveness”. – Lauri Lyly, Mayor of the City of Tampere > More information on Tampere’s application at

After Barcelona (2014) and Amsterdam (2016) (two other signatories), which city will be recognised as the most innovative in Europe?

The European Capital of Innovation 2017 award and a prize of €1 million to scale up innovation activities will go to the city presenting the best innovation ecosystem, with two runners-up to receive a prize of €100 000 each. The winners will be announced on 7 November at the Lisbon Web Summit.

To win the award, cities must prove how they improved the quality of life by:

  • Experimenting with innovative concepts, processes, tools and governance models as a test-bed for innovation
  • Engaging citizens in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their ideas
  • Expanding the city’s attractiveness to become a role model for other cities
  • Empowering the local ecosystem through the implementation of innovative practices.

More information can be found at



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:

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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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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Registration to the first NiCE training to allow interactive learning to support cities in the implementation of the Charter commitments is now open. 


The reduction of a city’s ICT footprint by 30% is a key GDC commitment and the first NiCE training session is designed to help cities with measurement of their ICT footprint and to highlight winning actions which contribute to the commitment.

The training is open to all cities, Green Digital Charter signatories and beyond, and will include:

– a broad introduction to the subject of carbon footprinting,

– an update from the ITU on latest developments in international standards for measuring ICT footprints,

– an introduction to the NiCE ICT reporting tool,

– city experiences in measuring their ICT footprint,

– networking and experience sharing opportunities.

Delegates will leave with a greater understanding of what needs to be done to measure the ICT footprint of a city, as well as being introduced to relevant methodologies and tools.

Registration is open now at

Please see the registration link for more details on the programme, logistics and conditions for cost reimbursements.

For more information please contact:  Giulia Campodonico, project coordinator,, +32 (0)2 552 05 46

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The commitments of the Green Digital Charter have been further advanced by the FP7 project NiCE – Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency –through the provision of technical tools, training and support to signatory cities.

Building on this experience and on best practices identified in cities, the NiCE project is now accepting proposals for the organisation of study tours showcasing ICT/EE projects to facilitate the on-site knowledge transfers between cities. Hosts are expected to be leaders in the field of ICT/EE projects and to present innovative projects around the fields of action of the Green Digital Charter. However, they do not necessarily have to be Charter signatories.

The study tour programme should run over 1 or 2 days and include short presentations, site visits and demonstrations, opportunities for testing technologies and peer-to-peer discussions with experts from the host city.

If you are interested in showcasing your city’s digital achievements, please fill in this questionnaire  and send it back to Giulia Campodonico by the 31st of May 2012.



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