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Discover the winners of the EUSEW annual awards for innovative energy projects

29 June 2016


On 14 June, the winners of the EU Sustainable Energy Week annual awards for innovative energy projects were announced during an Awards Ceremony in Brussels.

“This is the highlight of the Week because it showcases the best that Europe has to offer in sustainable and renewable energy and we’ve been inspired by the finalists and winners over the years, ” said Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, in his welcome speech at the EUSEW Awards Ceremony....

My Smart City District organises 5 Lunch Academy webinars during EUSEW

08 June 2016


My Smart City District (MSCD), a group of like-minded European Smart Cities projects, represents 8 projects, 25 cities across 13 countries. Together, they are putting on a series of short online seminars – the Lunch Academy – set to take place 11:30-12:15 CET every day of the European Sustainable Energy Week (13-17 June). 

Across five 45-minute sessions, energy agencies, academics, policy makers and leading associations will share real-life experience and challenges on key...

H2020 Smart Cities Lighthouse Projects: Thinking Much Smarter in Eindhoven

30 May 2016

Eindhoven 23 May 2016: Battling through a surprisingly stormy day in May, 14 key lighthouse projects came together to share solutions and with the long-term ambition of creating a smarter cities marketplace.

In town for the General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities taking place the next day, the meeting encouraged this smaller group of projects all financially supported by the European Commission over the past five years, to set their...

Register for the EU Sustainable Energy week: 13-17 June

30 May 2016


We are two weeks away from the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) taking place in Brussels between 13 and 17 June. The event involves a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.

Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the...

Energy Days 2016: the Energy Transition is Going Local

30 May 2016


Citizens and stakeholders are organising European Union Energy Days throughout the month of June to activate the transition to secure, clean and efficient energy. Held as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), presentations, workshops, conferences, tours, displays and other activities will spread the word about energy-efficiency and renewables. 

The events, which will take place in Europe and beyond, are expected to attract thousands of visitors. Over 30 Energy Days are...

Participate in the 2016 World Smart City Awards

30 May 2016


The 6th edition of the World Smart City Awards will take place as part of the 2016 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The aim of the awards is recognize, promote and support innovative solutions or strategies that can potentially change citizen's lives by increasing efficiency, generating business and improving quality of life.

Cities, companies, entrepreneurs and startups, social innovators, research centers, universities, public and private...

Pact of Amsterdam: a New Role for Cities in EU Policy Making

30 May 2016


At a time when the European project is increasingly coming under scrutiny, the urban agenda for the EU is an opportunity to build a stronger Europe closer to its citizens. The Dutch EU presidency today launches the Pact of Amsterdam establishing an urban agenda for the EU. This shows important political recognition of the role of cities in the EU, providing a new framework for their involvement in developing and implementing European policy.

Speaking ahead of the launch of...

Finance and Investment Opportunities to Build More Sustainable, Energy Efficient and Liveable Cities at the 2016 EIP-SCC General Assembly

30 May 2016


On 24th May 2016 the annual General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities took place in Eindhoven (Netherlands), an associated event of the Dutch Presidency of the European Council of the European Union.

The assembly attracted over 500 registered participants from across all sectors of the EIP.  To facilitate stocktaking of achievements and focus on important steps ahead, the assembly was divided in public high-level debates and...

READY Project Uses Innovative Photovoltaic Modules Developed by the Danish Company RACell

30 May 2016


By Max Blöchle, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

I had the chance to visit the factory and R&D site of RACell, Denmark-based innovative SME providing combined solutions for solar thermal and photovoltaic modules (PV modules) for the demonstrators in the READY project, which is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and...