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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...

Top Smart Cities in the world today

26 August 2016

According to Frost & Sullivan, the global Smart Cities market is projected to reach US$1.56 trillion by 2020. With rapid urbanization and ageing populations, cities are facing increasing strain on infrastructure, transportation, energy and healthcare resources. To address these urban challenges, governments are embracing the concept of the smart city and looking to apply new technologies to improve sustainability, liveability and quality of life for citizens. We take a look at some of...

EC recommendations on promotion of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

26 August 2016

On July 29th 2016, the European Commission released its guidelines for the promotion of NZEBs and best practices that, by 2020, all new buildings are NZEBs.

Nearly Zero Energy- or very low amount of energy requirements- Buildings (NZEBs) represent one of the key measures set by the European Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD). The concept of nZEBs will apply from...

4 facts about utility transformation: #2 – We have economic growth, even as the use of electricity is declining!

26 August 2016

Continuing on the same note as in the first post in this series, “#1 – the days of solid growth and margins are over”, today we’ll present some more numbers on electricity consumption and the utility industry that raise eyebrows. For example, many still see increased electricity consumption as a precondition for...

European Commission publishes latest energy, transport and emission projections in EU Reference Scenario 2016

27 July 2016

The European Commission has released its latest outlook – the EU Reference Scenario 2016 - which projects energy, transport and greenhouse gas emissions trends in the EU up until 2050.

The Reference Scenario is a projection of where our current set of policies coupled with market trends are likely to lead. The EU has set ambitious objectives for 2020, 2030 and 2050 on climate and energy, so the...

European Commission unveils low-emission mobility strategy

27 July 2016

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:

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Register now for the Horizon 2020 Smart cities and communities info day

27 July 2016

The registration is  now open for the 2016 Horizon 2020 info day on 'Smart cities and communities' that will take place in Brussels on 23 September 2016.

The info day addresses potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the 'Smart cities and communities' topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Cross-cutting activities’ -...

Smart Cities – Behavior Change Towards Sustainability

26 July 2016

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). The Smart Cities Council says: “A smart city uses information and communications technology to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability."(...

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

29 June 2016

 

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...