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Take a Look at the Outcomes of the EIP-SCC Action Cluster Meetings
The latest edition of the EIP-SCC Action Cluster Meetings took place in Brussels (Belgium) on 22nd November 2016. Active members of the EIP-SCC Action Clusters and their Initiatives met in the capital of Europe to take stock of contributions to the Roadmap 2016 and to start co-creating the 2017 Roadmap. Take a look at the video interviews of the representatives of our Initiatives and download the minutes and presentations of each meeting.
The Citizen Focus Action Cluster focused on the main outcome of the year: the Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, its promotion and its implementation. In addition, both Initiatives (Citizen City and Citizen-Centric Approach to Data) presented their results and suggestions on how to implement the Manifesto. In particular, the AC will address some calls that may support the implementation of the Manifesto’s principles.
Future activities that were envisaged for the group are: a) continuing to seek synergies with important supporter networks; b) to engage more cities and industries; c) to develop one or two points of the Manifesto and turn them into use cases.
In conclusion, the Citizen Focus Action Cluster will focus more on the demand side and will ask for the commitment from cities and regions in order to make citizen engagement part of renewed city and municipal administration organizations.
SUSTAINABLE DISTRICTS AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The meeting was a clear reflection of the recent activities within the Sustainable Districts and Built Environment Action Cluster. Over the past months, the group has been consolidating its work, ramping up its activities – most notably with regard to the Positive Energy Blocks Initiative (which recently held a field visit to the HIKARI PEB in Lyon).
The agenda of the session reflected this increase in activity and the interest in examining Sustainable Districts from various angles. In recent months, the group has moved from being merely “technological” driven towards a more comprehensive, challenge-based approach which focuses (amongst others) on new-build, (deep) renovation while touching upon digital technologies (e.g. BIM), citizen-involvement, the regulatory framework and business/financial models and exploring subjects such as waste, water, nature-based solutions, biodiversity and urban agriculture.
In the coming months, it is expected that the Sustainable Districts and Built Environment Action Cluster will continue to expand its activities. More stakeholders will be engaged, a follow-up visit to HIKARI might be scheduled for spring 2017 and a challenge-based approach might be formalised and further implemented.
SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY
The Electromobility session started with a discussion on the construction of a market place for smart electro-mobility and roll-out actions. Following the initial discussion, participants were divided in three parallel table discussions focused on e-buses, e-freight and e-fleets, e-mobility planning & EV smart charging.
The E-freight table discussed the Declaration of Intent in order to tackle the current situation with a limited supply of e-freight vehicles on the market (and high prices). The E-buses table talked about a set of guidelines and procurement principles on clean electric buses in order to get cities and regions signing the declaration of intent. The E- fleets, e-mobility planning & EV smart charging group discussed the goals and aims of the group, and how to work together.
NEW MOBILITY SERVICES
The purpose of the New Mobility Services meeting was to focus on building the market place for smart mobility services and roll-out actions. There was a general presentation to get to know new initiatives and Smart Mobility Services members (including smart mobility services initiatives in H2020: and the TRACE, EMPOWER and OPTICITIES projects).
The event featured a mix of discussions with a specific emphasis on:
- A citizen-centered approach to data
- An in-depth discussion on the validation of tools
- The take-up and up-scaling of business models
INTEGRATED PLANNING, POLICY & REGULATIONS
The ambition of the Integrated Planning, Policy & Regulations Action Cluster was to present the latest achievements of the initiatives and to work further on content for the Smart City Guidance Package. The latest developments of the Action Cluster have resulted in a merging of the From Planning to Implementation Initiative and the Scaling up and Replication of Smart City Solutions Initiative which are now named From Planning & Implementation to Scaling Up of Smart Cities.
With the ‘From Planning & Implementation to Scaling Up of Smart Cities’ Initiative in the lead and fully supported by the Initiative on Tools for Decision Making, Management and Benchmarking, the Action Cluster is co-creating content with stakeholders for the Smart City Guidance Package. This interactive workshop opened up a dialogue on the needs and expectations of stakeholders for the guide and all input is being edited into chapters and cases to be included in the guide.
A first draft of the guide is available and it is the ambition of the Action Cluster to have a final guidance package ready for the EIP-SCC General Assembly in 2017.
INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURES AND PROCESSES (Including Open Data)
The Integrated Infrastructures & Processes Meeting focused on the Urban Platforms Initiative. The session started with a plenary session on the introduction of the set-up and goals and a revision of progress. The tangible materials delivered to date by the Initiative were showcased during the session.
One of the highlights was the need for alignment with the European Commission’s investment in SCC01 Lighthouse Consortia. During the afternoon, cities (demand side) and industry (supply side) were divided into separate groups to draft the action plan for the following months. These plans were then joined up in a “Joint Forward Plan”.
In for the future, the governance group and stream leads will develop the action plan into a more practical schedule of future work. There is no question that what has been already done is valuable and deserves application. All the members will now continue to progress to additional value-adding materials that will help increase market adoption towards the goals of the Urban Platforms Initiative.
Click here to download the presentations and the minutes of the Integrated Infrastructures & Processes meeting.
BUSINESS MODELS, FINANCE & PROCUREMENT
The Business Models Action Cluster focused this working meeting on analysing the economic or business aspects of some of the Smart Cities Lighthouse projects. Representatives of three different European projects offered their insights on this regard: Sharing Cities, Remourban and CityZen, explaining how the business and financing scopes have been addressed in their projects.
Some other examples were also presented, such as the Smart Entrepreneurial Lab from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and a study joint cross-border public procurement made by DG GROWTH.
To end the meeting, the EIP-SCC Funding Guide was introduced as one of the main outputs of the Business Models Action Cluster in 2016, and Nathalie Guri, Chair of the Action Cluster, reemphasised the importance of using the Market Place as a sharing platform and asked members to send their business canvas to the Action Cluster in order to offer other partners the opportunity to learn from existing experiences.
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