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Commission to invest EUR 16 billion in research funding over next two years

20 October 2015

The European Commission will invest almost EUR 16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, following a new Work Programme for 2016-17 adopted in the first half of October. The programme will support a range of cross-cutting initiatives and includes EUR 232 million for Smart and Sustainable Cities to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in EU's urban environments.

A third of safe carbon budget may be determined by urban policy decisions

20 October 2015

One third of the world’s remaining safe carbon budget could be determined by urban policy decisions in the next five years, according to a new report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) which demonstrates that urban policy decisions before 2020 could determine up to a third of the remaining global carbon budget that is not already ‘locked-in’ by past decisions.

Smart Cities Project Coordinators' Meeting held in Brussels

16 October 2015

The first European Smart Cities Project Coordinators Meeting took place in Brussels on October 13. The goal of the meeting, which brought project leaders together with town planners and architects, was to gain feedback on ways to efficiently process information through the Smart Cities and Communities Information System (SCIS) platform and to ensure project replication across Europe.

Opening the meeting, EC Technical Officer Eric Lecomte said that the SCIS portal should offer...

Call open for 2016 European Green Leaf Award

18 September 2015

The Call for Applications for the 2016 European Green Leaf (EGL) Award is currently open. The European Green Leaf is a competition open to cities with a population of between 20,000 and 100,000. It recognises success in achieving green growth, and is awarded to cities that bring green living concepts to life. European Green Leaf cities act as ambassadors to encourage others to follow their example. Eight cities from seven countries across Europe applied for the pilot 2015 European Green Leaf...

Call for applications open in European Green Capital Award

18 September 2015

The Call for Applications for the 2018 European Green Capital Award is now open and will run until Monday 19 October. This competition is open to all cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants. All European cities that comply with the eligibility check may apply for the European Green Capital Award by submitting an online application form. The shortlisted cities are invited to present their vision, action plan and communication strategy to the jury, which will then select a...

Rio de Janeiro is first fully compliant city in Compact of Mayors

14 September 2015

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced at the end of August that his city is fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making urban communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress. Rio is the first city in the world to reach the Compact compliance milestone.

Public Consultation on Intelligent Transport Systems

14 September 2015

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has launched a public consultation on the ‘Provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services under the ITS Directive (2010/40/EU)’. The objective of the consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties and gain quantitative evidence on issues related to the provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services.

Low-carbon cities are a EUR 15 trillion opportunity worldwide

14 September 2015

According to new research released by New Climate Economy, a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change, investment in smart cities has the potential to generate savings of US $17 trillion (EUR 15 trillion) by 2050, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030.

European Parliament recognises role of local authorities in green employment

14 September 2015

On 8 July 2015, the European Parliament adopted a new Communication ‘Green Employment Initiative: tapping into the job creation potential in the green economy’. The Communication stresses the important role played by local and regional authorities in education, infrastructure, supporting local businesses and creating stable employment, within the context of the transition to a greener economy.