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Essen, Germany: a blueprint for turning a city green

18 July 2017

Essen was a byword for industrial pollution. But in 2017 it has been named European Green  Capital. Here's the German city's secret of this recipe for an environmental revolution.

After German reunification, two-thirds of Essen's sewage was drained into the Emscher river. Slaughterhouses and steel mills discharged their offal and refuse here, and the river was a depository for heavy metals and feces.  The Emschergenossenschaft, 19 municipalities and numerous companies founded in 1899...

Wanted: EDI-Net is seeking municipalities serious about reducing energy and water use

11 July 2017

EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network) is seeking cities and towns interested in improving the water and energy efficiency of their public buildings. By making use of smart metering to analyse and communicate electricity, gas and water data, local authorities can identify significant savings opportunities. These opportunities can lead to reductions in energy and water consumption by anywhere from 5 to 15%.

The EDI-Net...

Empowering smart solutions for better cities: cities and business come together in Budapest on 2 & 3 October 2017

07 July 2017

The conference Empowering smart solutions for better cities, taking place in Budapest on 2 & 3 October 2017, will bring together creative thinkers and decision-makers in urban planning, sustainable energy, mobility, ICT, smart business models and user-centric innovation. High level city representatives will debate the transformation of European cities, while smart cities projects will showcase innovative...

Guimarães is the 53rd European city join the community of Green Digital Charter cities

30 June 2017

This 27th June, in Brussels, on the side of the 2020 European Green Capital Applicant (ECGA) workshop, the city of Guimarães demonstrated its commitment to using digital solutions with a view to creating a sustainable future for its citizens.

Amadeu Portilha, Vice Mayor of Guimarães, signed the Green Digital Charter (GDC), a EUROCITIES-led initiative promoting the use of information and communication technologies (ICT)...

Global Street Design Guide helps cities around the world implement tested and life-saving street designs

30 May 2017

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative announced the launch of the Global Street Design Guide as a globally accessible document that can be downloaded at no cost, allowing urban planners, designers and transportation practitioners in cities around the world to immediately implement tested and life-saving street designs.

The worldwide release of the guide, made possible by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road...

Join the Oxford smart city competition to make the city more liveable, open and collaborative

30 May 2017

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission invites innovators, technologists and creative people from around the world to submit a distinctive idea to help make Oxford more liveable, open and collaborative city. Making use of the city's existing infrastructure and smart city technologies, the winning entry will put people and play at the heart of the city and catch the imagination of those who live, study, visit and work in and around Oxford.The entries are encouraged to be accessible to all...

Register for the SCIS policy session at EUSEW 2017 to discuss scale-up & replication in European cities

30 May 2017

Across Europe, cities work together to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions that help accelerate transition towards a low-carbon, resource efficient, competitive and inclusive economy in urban areas. We at the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) are in charge of collecting and analysing data from these solutions, so we are asking cities to share their stories and experiences. 


Watch the recording of the SCIS webinar "Regulatory, financial and social barriers & solutions for innovation"

30 May 2017

On 17 May 2017, SCIS organised a webinar on "Regulatory, financial and social barriers and solutions for innovation", which presented the SCIS framework for addressing non-technical issues in the fields of Energy, Mobility & Transport and ICT in the context of smart cities. It showcased examples of main financial and economic barriers encountered by smart cities projects; regulatory and administrative barriers, and measures needed to promote social acceptance and uptake of technologies...

The Call for Tenders "Smart Cities Information System" has been published on eTendering

18 May 2017

The European Commission is pleased to inform you that the call for tender “ENER/C2/2017-097 - Smart cities and communities information system” has been opened, for the continuation of the running contract supporting the Smart Cities Information System.

Call closure date: 30/06/2017.

Complete information can be found on eTendering: