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Shortlisted cities for the 2020 European Green Capital Award (ECGA) have been announced: Ghent and Lisbon, two out of three runners-up have signed the Green Digital Charter, asserting a political commitment to use digital technologies to improve quality of life in cities.

SAVE-THE-DATE : on Thursday 21 June 2018, winners of the 2020 EGCA will be announced in Nijmegen. The ceremony will be live-streamed. Keep an eye on the ECGA website (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/) and social media channel (@EU_GreenCapital)

 

This article was orginally published on 01/06/2017 by Leena Karppi here.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Näsijärvi, Hiedanranta is a future city district that is being developed with a new concept in collaboration with city residents, businesses and organisations. The plan is to build homes for 25 000 residents and facilities for 10 000 jobs in Hiedanranta. The Tampere tramway will pass through the area in the future. Hiedanranta is located some four kilometres from the city centre.

The new city district and the changing Lielahti area

The new city district will comprise three subareas: the historical factory area, the Lake Näsijärvi shore zone and a part of the Lielahti commercial area. The planning of the district was launched in 2016 with an international ideas competition. The jury selected two entries as the winners of the competition, and the planning of the area is continuing based on the winning proposals

The preparation of a master plan for the area commenced in the spring of 2017 with a process involving the city residents and dubbed the ideas competition “after party”. In public workshops, the participants joined forces in developing, among other aspects, block structures, housing solutions, as well as a sense of community and new ways of working to suit a city of the future. The master plan will be completed in 2018, after which the local detailed planning will commence.

Väliaikainen Hiedanranta – Temporary Hiedanranta

The former Lielahti industrial area was opened to the public in 2016. The City is enabling various events and activities in the area by, for example, renting out facilities for temporary use and supporting the organisation of events.

Already operating in Hiedanranta is Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo, a venue built into an old drying plant that can be rented for various events. A community of craftsmen and artists has formed in Paja building. During the summer of 2017, Kenneli DIY, an indoor skateboarding hall meeting Olympic standards, will also open in connection with Kuivaamo.

A new circus activities centre, Sirkus Faktori, opened its doors in Kuivaamo in the spring of 2017. The Kartano-kahvila Mielihyvin café at the Lielahti Manor House is open to customers every day. In addition to the floating garden established in 2016, a floating sauna is now also in the makings in Hiedanranta – the building and design work is being carried out by city residents. You can read more about upcoming events here.

Väliaikainen Hiedanranta, or “temporary Hiedanranta”, has proven to be a successful experiment that we are continuing as a part of the area’s development. We also encourage new organisations and people to join the endeavour. Please contact us if you are interested in developing activities or events in Hiedanranta.

Development platform for smart and sustainable solutions

The Hiedanranta area serves as a piloting platform for new technologies and methods. We invite businesses whose R&D efforts focus on digitalisation, sustainability, circular economy, energy solutions or food production to join us. There are currently some 20 different development projects ongoing in Hiedanranta.

The sanitation solution for the Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo venue has been implemented entirely by means of a dry toilet system with a total of 13 toilets and, additionally, five dry urinals in the men’s room. The system is a significant pilot project on a Finnish and Nordic scale. During the summer of 2017, an algae growing plant will be built in Hiedanranta to be used by Tampere University of Technology to study the cultivation of microalgae from the urine collected from the dry toilet system.

Due to the industrial history of the area, there is an abundance of waste fibre at the bottom of Lake Näsijärvi, and its utilisation in earth construction and as an energy source is currently under investigation. A closed-cycle-based farming plant growing strawberries is also operating in Hiedanranta.

 

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As one of the world’s leading capital cities, ranked second for quality of life in 2017, Edinburgh is experimenting with a number of smart city approaches to improve city sustainability, while driving innovation.

Edinburgh is experimenting with smart waste sensors to better understand patterns of litter across the city. An initial project focused on on-street litter bins, and looked to improve the placement and number of bins, and improve routing efficiency. This would help reduce fuel consumption, as drivers stopped making unnecessary trips to bins that did not need emptying, as well as raising awareness of waste volumes produced in Edinburgh to provide useful data for strategic decision making about waste management in the city. Edinburgh is currently expanding this smart approach to investigate the potential benefits of upscaling to city scale, and potentially to other waste types.

Edinburgh is also currently investing in lighting upgrades, that will replace every lighting column in the city with an energy efficient LED over the next 3 years, as well as providing improvements such as controllable dimming. This infrastructure will also provide an Internet of Things network where additional devices such as traffic or air quality sensors to further improve the city’s data-led approach to sustainability and innovation.


On 30-31 May 2017, Edinburgh hosted the first GuiDanCe ‘workshadowing’ visit. Among other activities, participants from the cities of Oulu and Reykjavik discovered innovative projects developed by the University and Edinburgh Living Lab. Get more insights and pictures through our Storify! Click here.

On 7 and 8 June 2017, Malaga will host the 8th ‘Green Cities’ Forum of Urban Intelligence and Sustainability ‘, a smart city trade-fair attended by more than 27 000 professionals between 2010 and 2016.

In this 8th edition, two main spaces will be allocated for round-tables and presentations:

  • The “ICT & Sustainability Forum” space will stimulate an open debate on how the ICT industry contributes to optimal development of the information society in a sustainable world.

Round-tables and presentations will focus on Governance – Building – Digital Transformatin – Smart Cities – Energy – Finance – and Mobility.

  • The “Green Lab” area will provide space for presenting commercial and institutional products and services

 

Participants registered in Green Cities’ Networking will have access to an online meeting tool allowing them to debate, cooperate, do commercial deals and raise initiatives and projects with cities, participantsd and exhibitors.

Municipal technicians of the main Spanish cities on sustainable development, energy efficiency and smart management will be present.


Have a look at the speakers here!

How to participate? Go to this page.

 

On October 16 2012 we provided our video message about the Green Digital Charter: ICT for Sustainable Cities to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) workshop “Connected City- the Greener Future” in Shenzhen, China. 

The one-day event examined how the deployment of ICT solutions in sectors such as energy, housing and transport can turn the challenges of today’s cities into opportunities for greening the world economy.

More specifically, the events objectives were to:

  • Draw attention to the potential of ICT to address sustainability challenges
  • Showcase state-of-the-art ICT solutions in areas like transport, energy and housing, highlighting the efficiencies that can be achieved
  • Encourage Chinese companies to become engaged in the climate effort by making the business case for developing smart ICT solutions
  • Raise excitement amongst local policymakers through relevant research

You can view our contribution here