- Green Digital Charter
- Signatory cities
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Digital technologies are key enablers in reducing the carbon footprint of cities and improving energy efficiency. ICTs have a significant role to play vis-à-vis greening our urban spaces as they can provide energy savings to the building stock, improve the functioning of the electrical grid and water management systems etc.
Nonetheless, the ICT sector has a responsibility to reduce and minimise its carbon emissions. In pursuance of such ambitions, ‘smart cities’ are expected to incorporate the environmental impact of digital technologies which are deployed into their strategic thinking and planning*.
The Green Digital Charter and ICTFOOTPRINT.EU projects are seeking cities which are implementing projects, policies and activities aimed at measuring and/or reducing energy consumption of digital technologies.
All best practices shall be showcased during the SmartGreens conference in Porto (22 April) and the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in June.
Share yours with us at Rebecca.Portail[at]eurocities.eu
In an interview published in the EU Smart Cities Information System’s April 2016 newsletter, Nikolaos Kontinakis gives an insight into his motives and experiences as project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels, and talks about his perception of ‘sustainable smart cities’.
Nikolaos Kontinakis coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative and EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project and the promotion of green ICT via the ICTfootprint.eu project. He also represents EUROCITIES in the SSCC-CG of CEN/CENELEC. For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT, energy policy and the smart and sustainable development of local authorities.
Read the full interview on the EU Smart Cities Information System’s website: www.smartcities-infosystem.eu
Call for contributions
Sustainable Places 2016 International conference
June 29 – July 1, 2016 – Anglet, France
The Sustainable Places 2016 event builds on the three successful previous editions of the conference, which gathered each year between 150 and 200 international delegates.
Sustainable Places 2016 will focus on energy efficiency at building, neighbourhood, district and city levels. It will cover research and innovation projects and initiatives across the construction value chain.
This open research forum will be a key opportunity for delegates to meet and network with academic & non-academic researchers, architects, building designers, energy consultants, urban planners, construction materials producers, energy generation systems manufacturers, ICT developers, public authorities representatives, construction companies, service companies (including financial organisations & ESCOs), distribution & transmission system operators, standardisation organisations, and facility managers.
Sustainable Places 2016 will enable to access up-to-date information, assess outcomes from the most advanced research and innovation projects, discuss possible synergies, and envision possible standards evolution. An attendance of around 200 participants, coming from Europe and other regions of the world, is expected.
Five kinds of contributions are expected:
- Presentation and Paper
One main aim of the conference is to act as a catalyzer to successful collaboration between EU projects. Sustainable Places therefore particularly encourages coordinators of Fp7 and H2020 projects in the targeted field to organize clustering workshops in the scope of the conference.
The deadline for submitting a contribution is 15 April 2016.
For further information about the call and conference, please visit: http://sustainable-places.eu/sp-2016/
Don’t forget that the seventh edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) kicks off in just a few days! If you’re planning to attend, then register online now – before Thursday 14 June. Otherwise, you can easily register onsite during the week itself.
Register online: http://eusew.eu/energy-week-brussels
If you miss the online registration deadline and want to register onsite, you just need to make sure you bring your passport or another form of valid ID.
Registration desks are located in the Charlemagne and Committee of the Regions buildings:
In the Charlemagne building (ground floor):
Monday 18 June from 14.00 – 18.00;
Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 from 08.00 – 18.00.
In the Committee of the Regions building:
Tuesday 19 June only, from 08.00 – 16.00.
The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the key annual event of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign which contributes to achieving the EU 2020 climate and energy targets with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Five years of growing success have proven that the Week is the reference event for sustainable energy issues in Europe and beyond. Also this year, the Week will feature hundreds of events across Europe.
The Week is organised by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.