Published: 27/07/2016

European Commission unveils low-emission mobility strategy

The European Commission has presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

The strategy sets clear and fair guiding principles to member states to prepare for the future, and ensure that Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.

The main elements of the strategy include:

Published: 26/07/2016

Smart Cities – Behavior Change Towards Sustainability

What is a smart city? Usually when I raise this question, most people start talking about sensors, smart grids, cellphone apps, big data, and the internet of things (IoT). Obviously, smart cities have something to do with information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Published: 29/06/2016

European Parliament calls for more ambitious, consumer-focused energy targets beyond 2020


In a resolution on the EU Commission’s “renewables progress report”, voted on 23 June 2016 at the European Parliament's plenary session, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) state that although the EU's renewable energy target -20% of total consumption by 2020- has already been achieved by many EU Member States (MS), there are other MS that lag behind and must do more.

A second resolution, also voted on 23 June, says that in order to achieve the EU's energy efficiency target -a   20% gain by 2020- MS need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full.


EC Smart Cities Info Days

Date and place:
20 September 2016 to 03 October 2016
Brussels, Belgium

September 23: Info day about the Market Place on Smart Cities and Communities. Organised by INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), the Info Day on Smart Cities and Communities will be part of a larger initiative that includes other Horizon 2020 information days in the fields of transport and energy.

OPTIMUS Final Conference

Date and place:
21 September 2016
Athens, Greece

The scope of this Conference is to present new trends in Smart Energy Cities, giving particular emphasis on the innovative solutions of the OPTIMUS project. The FP7 funded OPTIMUS project has developed a package of advanced ICT tools to assess smart energy cities and improve the energy performance of their buildings.

Smart Summit London

Date and place:
21 September 2016 to 22 September 2016
London, UK

This conference and exhibition is composed of three parts: The Smart Cities Summit Frankfurt will explore German Smart City projects and test beds, together with international case studies. The Smart Home Summit is dedicated to exploring the technologies, analysing the opportunities, and bringing together senior decision makers, colleagues and peers to meet, learn and do business.

Smart urban mobility: cities of the future

Date and place:
22 September 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

This is an outreach event of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities. It is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Mobility and Transport together with the EIP action cluster sustainable urban mobility, and the city of Prague. Partners of the EIP Smart Cities as well as all other interested city representatives and experts will exchange information and discuss how to take forward innovations in smart electro-mobility and smart mobility services and contribute to the ongoing roll-out initiatives.

1st International Conference “Smart Ideas and a New Concept of Economic Regeneration in Europe”

Date and place:
28 September 2016 to 01 October 2016
Dubrovnik, Croatia

The conference covers seven main topics. The contents of Topic 7. Smart cities and the new economy include: a. Intergovernmental fiscal relations in the digital age, b. Financing and smart economy, c. Smart infrastructure, d. Business friendly environment at the local level, e. Interdisciplinary aspects of local economic development, f. Globalisation and local economic development, g. New perspective on public goods and services, h. Local government administration and digital economy