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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.

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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 .

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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».