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SCIS, SMARTER TOGETHER and EERA with a joint stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona

03 November 2016

The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS), Horizon 2020 project SMARTER TOGETHERand the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities will have a joint stand at the upcoming  Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), taking place in Barcelona (Spain) on 15-17 November 2016.

This year we will hold short interactive Expert...

Join the SCIS webinars on ‘Visualisation of results and KPIs’ and ‘Provision of data’ this November

03 November 2016

During the month of November, SCIS will host two webinars directed at projects, cities, architects, building developers and urban planners.

How to visualise results and KPIs from smart cities projects?*

10 November, Thursday, 13.30h – 14.10h

*For projects coordinators and experts, city administration representatives, urban planners, building developers, architects  

The first webinar will try to answer the questions of how to...

Innovative knowledge exchange & replication at SCIS’s Project Coordinators Meeting

14 October 2016

How can we share knowledge about what works and help others do the same? This underlying question gathered together project coordinators, city representatives, the European Commission, and experts involved in smart cities and energy efficiency projects co-funded by Horizon 2020 and FP7 programmes at the second SCIS Project Coordinators Meeting in Brussels.

Taking an interactive approach through the use of participatory format called Open Space, the workshop triggered lively...

2016 SCIS Project Coordinators meeting focuses on sharing experiences in implementation assessment

04 October 2016

The second SCIS Project Coordinators meeting will take place on 13 October 2016 in Brussels under the theme Knowledge exchange and replication: sharing experiences in implementation assessment. 

The event will gather project coordinators and experts involved in smart cities and energy efficiency projects co-funded by Horizon 2020 and FP7 programmes of the European Commission. They will have the opportunity to share their know-how, discuss the challenges they...

Accelerating urban transition: tapping the full potential of smart city and community pilots – a Smart City Expo side event

23 September 2016

The event, co-organised by JPI Urban Europe, the ERA-NET Smart Cities and Communities and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, is taking place at the Smart City World Expo in Barcelona on 16 November from 14:30 t 19:00.

Aim of the Workshop

This workshop aims at bringing together people working in public administration, researchers, business, NGOs and civil society to jointly discuss measures to fully exploit the potential of Smart...

How Amsterdam is building a zero-emissions city

20 September 2016

Nick Michell looks at how the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, through its Zero Emissions Cities project, is striving to develop an approach to get cities onto a zero-emissions pathway

Urban areas consume over 70 percent of the world’s energy and contribute 70 to 80 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Rapid urbanisation will further increase GHG emissions, which is why many city authorities around the world are making ambitious...

Agreed Draft of the New Urban Agenda

20 September 2016

The New Urban Agenda draft has finally been agrred on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016 and it will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will...

Glasgow unveils UK’s first city resilience strategy

20 September 2016

Produced as part of Glasgow’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, the resilience strategy is based on a lengthy and detailed conversation with 3,500 Glaswegians. The strategy examines how individuals, communities, businesses and institutions can continue to grow despite the challenges created by a modern, urban setting.

The ‘Resilient Glasgow’ Strategy details almost 50 different actions intended to create a stronger and more...

4 facts about utility transformation: #3 – The decarbonization agenda speeds up

20 September 2016

The second post in this series – #2 – We have economic growth, even as the use of electricity is declining – discussed electricity consumption and economic trends in society. But there are other trends that also have great impact on the utility industry and its transformation:...

Smart City 2.0: Transforming Cities Into Self-Learning, Self-Modulating Organisms

26 August 2016

From 30,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking that a city has a pulse. On camera, time-lapse photography of the morning in-rush of traffic, followed by the evening exodus, looks like a beating heart. The road networks in and out of cities create constant streams of cars—they are the veins that transfer cars out to its extremities. Zoom out even further, and footage taken over a longer period reveals how the city grows as its borders expand. Its power network simulates the electrical...