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SCIS at SCEWC 2019

SCIS Editor
29 Nov 2019
Joint Stand at SCEWC in Barcelona (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

From 19-21 November, the Smart Cities Information System participated at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. At SCEWC, SCIS informed interested stakeholders and visitors together with the EIP-SCC and the 17 Horizon 2020 European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects from across the continent at a joint stand. Overall 14 presentations were given at the stand, covering topics such as Nordic Lighthouse Cities (moderated by Jens Bartholmes from EC, DG Energy) to a presentation of all the Spanish Smart Cities (presented by Judith Borsboom-van Beurden of Locality, EIP-SCC).


Nordic Lighthouse Cities (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Highlight activities were the presentation "A Mission to Deliver the Cities of the Future" with Emmanuel Forest (Executive Vice-President European and Institutional Affairs, Bouygues Group & Mission Board member), Albert Engels (Project Coordinator of RUGGEDISED), Graham Colclough (Chair of the EIP-SCC Action Cluster on Integrated Infrastructures & part of SharingCities) moderated by Georg Houben (EC, DG Energy, Smart Cities & Communities). Key findings were a better understanding of the EC’s mission concept with its aim to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by tackling the challenge in the urban context. The current idea is to create 100 climate-neutral Smart Cities by 2030, serving as testbeds and blueprints for at least ten times more cities in the future in order to push Europe to become climate-neutral by 2050.


Session: A Mission to Deliver the Cities of the Future (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)


On Wednesday morning, interested visitors and Smart City enthusiasts flocked again to the joint stand in order to take part in the session “Financing – Let’s Make it Happen.” Organised by Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida of RdA and part of the EIP-SCC consortium and moderated by Svetoslav Mihaylov (EC, DG CONNECT), the session contributors Angelo Giordano (ATELIER) and Carlos Sanchez (Smart City Infrastructure Fund) discussed what role funding from institutional investors will play in deploying smart city projects as well as how projects can be packaged to improve their bankability.  


Session: Financing – Let’s Make it Happen (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)


In addition to the joint European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects stand, three so-called Agora Sessions were jointly organised in the exhibition space covering various Smart City areas.

The first topic “From Dream to Reality: Impact of Lighthouse Projects on Cities” covered the three projects GrowSmarter, Triangulum and REMOURBAN that started in 2014 and are thus now the first to end soon, showcasing the impact that the solutions had on their cities.

The second session “The Journey: from Nearly Zero Energy Neighbourhood to Positive Energy Districts” covered the evolution from nZEBs to PEDs, illustrated by project cases from REMOURBAN, mySMARTLife, MAKING-CITY and +CityxChange.

The final Agora Session “Europe 2030: What is next for Smart Cities and Communities?” explored the debate on the future of Smart Cities and Communities, showcasing policy aspects as well as concrete results and packaging approach for replication and upscaling.


Agora Session 1: From Dream to Reality: Impact of Lighthouse Projects on Cities (Credits: Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)