Explore, Shape & Deal
Joint SCIS & EIP-SCC Newsletter
Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!
The 1920s were a decade of perceived unlimited economic growths, of mass production and consumer goods, and of the rise of the automotive and aviation industry – the age of prosperity was being proclaimed. If we are looking at these achievements today, it seems that many of the issues we are struggling with today might have their roots in the 1920s.
But today, we have the chance to make the next 20s a truly roaring decade by questioning this unlimited economic growth and the never-ending stream of consumer goods. Riding on a wave of unprecedented public support, the demand for sustainable growth, thoughtful consumption or alternative forms of mobility thankfully are now at the centre of our public discussions.
The EIP-SCC & SCIS teams would like to proclaim the 2020s as being the decade of the Smart City, where the innovations, services and products that are developed under the umbrella of the EU funding streams are spread throughout Europe and to the rest of the world.
Roaring like a lion and welcoming the 2020s!
Your EIP-SCC & SCIS teams
Explore, Shape & Deal: Register now for the EIP-SCC Matchmaking Event on 20 February 2020
City Representatives meet Investors
· Are you looking to make investments in the area of mobility, ICT or energy?
· Is your city ready to redevelop certain areas?
· Does your business offer a Smart City product or service?
· Are you a Fellow City looking for funding?
If you are a policy maker, a city/regional representative, a business representative or a Smart City representative, this event is for you.
Taking place in Brussels on 20 February (CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, Rue Gineste 3), our matchmaking event – promoted by the European Commission under the EIP-SCC Marketplace initiative – brings together city/regional representatives and businesses, with investors. It focuses on exploring and shaping opportunities for people involved in Smart City projects.
This is the first event of a series of EIP-SCC matchmaking activities. It offers a unique opportunity for the people in charge of policy-making, representing cities / regions or offering advice to cities to learn from best practices, to present projects and to find investors. We offer you a forum for discussions, assist in the development of innovative urban ideas and bring together urban innovators, developers as well as investors and private equity.
Find out more and register here.
Explore: New Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning
New Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) guidelines were unveiled at the CIVITAS Conference last October in Graz, Austria. The guidelines were updated to reflect upon major trends in urban mobility, as well as on practical experience gathered by cities all across Europe.
The guidelines follow an intense one-year stakeholder consultation process, including the cities, CIVITAS SUMP projects, ELTIS and leading mobility researches. It has been validated in close cooperation with the SUMP community: by involving several major city networks, special care was taken to include feedback from all types of cities and regions. Find the new guidelines here.
Explore: Binge-Watch Four New "Travel, Share & Learn" Videos
Binge watching is not just possible via the various streaming portals. What they can do, we have long been able to do! Check out our “Travel, Share & Learn” section as part of our SCIS stories and…
· Watch now! In this video, we present to you the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, as part of the project Heat4Cool.
· Watch now! We share another video with you, this time, featuring Vienna, capital of Austria, and part of the project CIVIC.
· Watch now! Our third video today is also our penultimate video of the entire "Travel, Share & Learn" series: It is featuring Ljubljana in Slovenia, demo site of the project EE-HIGHRISE.
· Watch now! Our final video of the entire "Travel, Share & Learn" series features Trikala in Greece as part of the project INSMART.
Our Travel, Share & Learn series, that was:
- 13 Videos
- 12 Projects: Heat4Cool, SmartEnCity, EU-GUGLE, DESENT, Dr.Bob, MODER, MAtchUP, STARDUST, IP-SUNTAN, CIVIC, EE-HIGHRISE, INSMART
- 12 Cities: Chorzow, Sonderborg, Bratislava, Weiz, Cluj-Napoca, Daugavpils, Kerava, Tampere, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana, Trikala
- 10 Counries: Poland, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Greece
- ...and hundreds of stories!
Thank you to our storyteller Arthur Lankester for travelling Europe to visit all these different Smart Cities so that we can learn from their experiences and hear their stories. And thank you to all the people in the videos that happily shared their local Smart City approaches with us and the world.
Watch all videos here or on our YouTube channel.
Explore: "Almost a decade of the Smart City Expo Barcelona, so what do we see?"
Barcelona has always been at the forefront of smart city innovation – certainly in a Spanish context, and increasingly recognised as such worldwide. The city and Fira made a bold brave move way back in 2011 to establish the Smart City EXPO and World Congress (SCEWC).
Want to know the entire story? Read the full article here.
Europe is moving towards more sustainable, decentral and digital energy grids. Its cities face the daunting task of coordinating the energy transition at a local level. No single public authority or organisation has the expertise or ability needed to explore all the potential solutions. The Interreg NSR-funded ACCESS project helps cities address shared challenges to developing and upscaling low-carbon solutions. Local authorities Amersfoort, West-Suffolk Councils, Malmö, and Mechelen will jointly explore and demonstrate scaled approaches, including local energy community hubs, peer-to-peer energy trading models, and local collaborative planning tools. Four knowledge partners (Aarhus University, Johannesberg Science Park, IfM ECS, VITO) will provide expertise and structure to enhance the local authorities’ capacity to scale and steer sustainable grid investments. Read more about this exciting project here.
Explore & Shape: Webinars
SINFONIA Webinar Series: Becoming a Smart City "Smart City talks"
Date: 19 February - 13 May 2020
Our “Smart City talks” is a series of six webinars that will share the experiences of Sinfonia pilot cities, exploring best practices and tools for urban energy planning, strategies for citizen engagement and the policy framework. All aspiring to create a sustainable future for citizens and enterprises through the knowledge transfer from experienced actors. Find out more here.
Hotmaps Free Training
Date: 19 February 2020 and 01 March 2020
Do you work for a public authority responsible for heating & cooling? Are you a planner/consultant? Hotmaps free training is for you!
Heating and cooling in residential and industrial sectors accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and more than 80% of this energy is still generated from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, heat losses are also significantly high. This sector needs to be transformed!
HOTMAPS is an open source online software, which allows you to provide within 5 minutes a first estimation of heating and cooling demand in your region and the potentials of local renewable energy to cover this demand. By using more detailed data, thanks to its calculation modules, you can elaborate comprehensive heating and cooling strategies. Find out more here and here.
Shape: SCIS Self Reporting Tool Instruction Webinars
The SCIS self-reporting tool (SRT) facilitates the provision of so-called design and monitoring data for projects funded by the EU in the field of Smart Cities and Communities as well as Energy Efficiency projects in the built environment. During the last year, effort went into updating of data forms and into including a form on reporting of Positive Energy Districts (PED). Based on the updated tool, the visualisation of Self Reporting Tool data has been updated and expanded as well.
To help the involved SCC and EeB projects in getting familiar with the tool and the guide, a series of monthly webinars is organised. They will last an hour. First one will be organised on 5 February and will focus on general setup of PED data forms and design data . The previous series in 2019 was well received and has reached already 29 attendees.
Target audience is the active (now running) projects, with a focus on PED (MAKING-CITY, +CityXchange, ATELIER, SPARCs, POCITYF). The people with SRT access credentials will be invited personally, they can invite other people if deemed relevant.
Date and time of the webinars:
Wednesday 5 February 2020 9:30-10:30
Wednesday 25 March 2020 9:30-10:30
To receive the link to the webinar, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shape: Smart Cities Charter
Did you know that there is a charter for Smart Cities? This charter puts the values of democracy, connectedness, human dignity, privacy, sustainability, and equality at the heart of smart cities. Local politicians and active citizens who share these values may use the principles in this charter as starting points for democratic debate and informed moral judgement on technological innovations in their communities.
The charter was developed through a series of roundtables in various European cities, from Brno to Oslo, as well as an online consultation. The drafters of the charter would like to express their gratitude to the hundred-plus experts, (local) politicians and activists who have shared their ideas. If this charter brings some wisdom to the smart city, it is thanks to their contributions. You can find the charter here.
Shape: The Declaration Join, Boost, Sustain
This initiative was launched by Eurocities, ENoLL, OASC and the FI Presidency with the support of the European Commission and CoR and focuses on the European way of digital transformation in cities and communities to better use all possibilities of digital technologies for improving the quality of life for all European citizens. You can find the declaration here
SmartEnCity Academy for Zero Carbon Transition
The Smart City project SmartEnCity invites you to participate in their “SmartEnCity Academy for Zero Carbon Transition”, an online training course for cities and smart decision-making. Join them in 2020 on a series of four online training courses to learn from the experiences of the SmartEnCity project partners and cities as well as selected external professionals from the field.
The aim of this online training course is to follow the steps of the “Cities4ZERO Urban Transformation Strategy for Cities’ Decarbonisation”, a methodology developed as part of the SmartEnCity project. It is designed to help cities to reach their own goals of decarbonisation.
The first lesson will take place on 20 February 2020 at 2 PM.
IRIS #SmartCity Visions Series
How to build a smart city: innovation diplomacy, transparency, trust… and a healthy amount of conflict…?
Turning smart city ambitions into partnerships and investment plans is a challenging path. To inspire and guide cities in this process, IRIS Smart Cities spoke with three people who made it happen in Utrecht: Muriel Pels and Inge van de Klundert from Municipality of Utrecht and Carolien van Hemel of Utrecht Sustainability Institute.
This Is the End My Friend
City-zen is coming to an end. Learn about City-zen's results: the final publications are now available on the website! Feel free to download and share:
An interactive booklet that recounts five years of intensive work. The project wasn't always smooth sailing but it did achieve exactly what it set out, go discover how! Also available in French.
All the reports have been added on a dedicated page. They represent a massive knowledge for future endeavours.
Lighthouse City Nantes Named European Capital of Innovation 2019
The City of Nantes was named European Capital of Innovation 2019 during the European Research and Innovation days in Brussels on 25 September. The award was given to the capital of France’s Loire-Atlantique department due to its outstanding ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens and its open and collaborative governance model and comes with a monetary prize of €1 million provided by the Horizon 2020 European programme for research and innovation.
Moving to Cleaner Energy in Helsinki with mySMARTLife
In the struggle against climate change, Finland has taken an uncompromising stance to eliminate coal from its energy generation portfolio by 2030, if not before. One of the major challenges in achieving this goal is that at least 25% of Finland’s population is reliant on coal-fired heating during the long, harsh winters. Learn which steps Helsinki is taking to move towards clean energy. We talked to Marja Vuorinen, former mySMARTLife Helsinki lead.
Air Pollution in Skopje: How Citizens Spurred Policy Makers towards the Change
The air in Skopje, North Macedonia, is one of the most polluted in the world because of the city’s natural position and people's reliance on fossil fuels. However, over recent years, many citizens have started demonstrating against this plague, pushing policymakers to follow their new will.
EIP-SCC and SCIS at Upcoming Events 2020
SAVE THE DATE - We are currently finalising our presence at international conferences. Here is a first list of events that we plan to attend in 2020. Do note that this is a living document and because there are so many great conferences, our list will change over the coming months. Find the list here.
Replication Workshop by SCC1 Projects
4th CITIES FORUM 2020
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