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The original article has been published on the Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (here).


E3P is the name of the European Energy Efficiency Platform launched by the JRC, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Its objective is to overcome the fragmentation of data and knowledge of Energy Efficiency and foster stakeholders’ cooperation.

The E3P is an interactive and collaborative online platform that it is still on beta. It is expected to be both a one-stop shop for information retrieval and a meeting point where experts can exchange data. The web platform is therefore a tool, provided by the JRC, which intends to facilitate knowledge exchange and ensures that the needs of the online community experts are met.

This European Energy Efficiency Platform is organised around six thematic areas of energy efficiency in products, cities, buildings, transport, industry and distribution (heating, cooling and electricity). In addition, a dedicated IT platform is at the centre with interactive and collaborative features.

Four collaborative tools are at the heart of the E3P: the Data Hub, the wikEE, the Community and the Calls. While the Data Hub is a one-stop-shop for the collection of data, the wikEE is for expert’s collaboration. Together, they have to support those people working on energy efficiency development, implementation and monitoring.

The community appears when the users decide to organise themselves into working groups to discuss about specific topics. Finally, the call can be published on the E3P if some specific data, content or experts are required.

For further information about the European Energy Efficiency Platform, click here.

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