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We are accepting submissions for guest blog posts!

29 June 2016

We are accepting submissions for guest blog posts! We are looking for great content (articles, interviews, infographics, videos) which is consistent with our blog topics such as -smart cities, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, urban planning, citizen engagement, innovative technologies, etc.

You are:

  • involved in a smart cities/energy efficiency project
  • a city representative 
  • an expert in any of the fields above
  • working...

SCIS prepares the first project assessments and launches database with barriers and solutions

29 June 2016


The SCIS team is working on the assessment of the first Smart Cities and Communities Horizon 2020 projects. The analysis of projects is under way - on a technical, financial, and policy level. Key information SCIS will provide is the potential for replication of the solutions developed by the projects, as well as an analysis of the barriers the projects encountered.

Some of the lessons are sobering, with projects unable to reach their objectives due to regulatory changes,...

SCIS joins the TRIBE of energy efficient people

29 June 2016


By Antonio Garrido-Marijuan, Austrian Institute of Technology & SCIS

As part of the technical visits and meetings our team is carrying out with the SCIS projects, I had the chance to meet in Zaragoza experts involved in the coordination and monitoring of the TRIBE project, which was co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The TRIBE project is different to what I...

Nijmegen is the European Green Capital 2018

29 June 2016


The Dutch city of Nijmegen is the winner of the European Green Capital Award 2018, which recognizes efforts and commitments made by cities to improving the urban environment. Nijmegen presented a clear, integrated environmental vision for their city and impressed the jury with their wide engagement of stakeholders and residents.

The title was awarded on 22 of June at...

Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors join forces

29 June 2016


The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change.

This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents,...

Discover the winners of the EUSEW annual awards for innovative energy projects

29 June 2016


On 14 June, the winners of the EU Sustainable Energy Week annual awards for innovative energy projects were announced during an Awards Ceremony in Brussels.

“This is the highlight of the Week because it showcases the best that Europe has to offer in sustainable and renewable energy and we’ve been inspired by the finalists and winners over the years, ” said Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, in his welcome speech at the EUSEW Awards Ceremony....

My Smart City District organises 5 Lunch Academy webinars during EUSEW

08 June 2016


My Smart City District (MSCD), a group of like-minded European Smart Cities projects, represents 8 projects, 25 cities across 13 countries. Together, they are putting on a series of short online seminars – the Lunch Academy – set to take place 11:30-12:15 CET every day of the European Sustainable Energy Week (13-17 June). 

Across five 45-minute sessions, energy agencies, academics, policy makers and leading associations will share real-life experience and challenges on key...

H2020 Smart Cities Lighthouse Projects: Thinking Much Smarter in Eindhoven

30 May 2016

Eindhoven 23 May 2016: Battling through a surprisingly stormy day in May, 14 key lighthouse projects came together to share solutions and with the long-term ambition of creating a smarter cities marketplace.

In town for the General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities taking place the next day, the meeting encouraged this smaller group of projects all financially supported by the European Commission over the past five years, to set their...

Register for the EU Sustainable Energy week: 13-17 June

30 May 2016


We are two weeks away from the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) taking place in Brussels between 13 and 17 June. The event involves a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.

Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the...