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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

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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