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The 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”.
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
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