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European Commission unveils low-emission mobility strategy

27 July 2016

The European Commission has presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

The strategy sets clear and fair guiding principles to member states to prepare for the future, and ensure that Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.

The main elements of the strategy include:

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Register now for the Horizon 2020 Smart cities and communities info day

27 July 2016

The registration is  now open for the 2016 Horizon 2020 info day on 'Smart cities and communities' that will take place in Brussels on 23 September 2016.

The info day addresses potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the 'Smart cities and communities' topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Cross-cutting activities’ -...

Smart Cities – Behavior Change Towards Sustainability

26 July 2016

What is a smart city? Usually when I raise this question, most people start talking about sensors, smart grids, cellphone apps, big data, and the internet of things (IoT). Obviously, smart cities have something to do with information and communication technologies (ICTs). The Smart Cities Council says: “A smart city uses information and communications technology to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability."(...

European Parliament calls for more ambitious, consumer-focused energy targets beyond 2020

29 June 2016


In a resolution on the EU Commission’s “renewables progress report”, voted on 23 June 2016 at the European Parliament's plenary session, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) state that although the EU's renewable energy target -20% of total consumption by 2020- has already been achieved by many EU Member States (MS), there are other MS that lag behind and must do more.

A second resolution, also voted on 23 June, says that in order to achieve the EU's energy efficiency...

We are accepting submissions for guest blog posts!

29 June 2016

We are accepting submissions for guest blog posts! We are looking for great content (articles, interviews, infographics, videos) which is consistent with our blog topics such as -smart cities, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, urban planning, citizen engagement, innovative technologies, etc.

You are:

  • involved in a smart cities/energy efficiency project
  • a city representative 
  • an expert in any of the fields above
  • working...

SCIS prepares the first project assessments and launches database with barriers and solutions

29 June 2016


The SCIS team is working on the assessment of the first Smart Cities and Communities Horizon 2020 projects. The analysis of projects is under way - on a technical, financial, and policy level. Key information SCIS will provide is the potential for replication of the solutions developed by the projects, as well as an analysis of the barriers the projects encountered.

Some of the lessons are sobering, with projects unable to reach their objectives due to regulatory changes,...

SCIS joins the TRIBE of energy efficient people

29 June 2016


By Antonio Garrido-Marijuan, Austrian Institute of Technology & SCIS

As part of the technical visits and meetings our team is carrying out with the SCIS projects, I had the chance to meet in Zaragoza experts involved in the coordination and monitoring of the TRIBE project, which was co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The TRIBE project is different to what I...

Nijmegen is the European Green Capital 2018

29 June 2016


The Dutch city of Nijmegen is the winner of the European Green Capital Award 2018, which recognizes efforts and commitments made by cities to improving the urban environment. Nijmegen presented a clear, integrated environmental vision for their city and impressed the jury with their wide engagement of stakeholders and residents.

The title was awarded on 22 of June at...

Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors join forces

29 June 2016


The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change.

This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents,...