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The Launch of the EIP – Smart Cities and Communities Roadmap 2016

28 January 2016

 

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” was launched at the conference 'Transport for Smart Cities 2016: scaling innovation in Europe' on 28th January.

The Roadmap identifies the key targets for this year in terms of collaboration among cities, industry...

Urban Innovative Actions: first Call for Proposals open

19 January 2016

The first Call for Proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative is open from 15 December 2015 to 31 March 2016. Urban Innovative Actions is a new initiative by the European Commission that provides funding to cities throughout Europe to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.

The initiative has a budget of EUR 372 million at its...

The United Cities and Local Governments committees enhance communication tools to improve global collaboration

19 January 2016

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Local Finance and Development and the Committee on Urban Strategic Planning have launched two new websites with the aim of improving communication, information sharing and collaboration within the UCLG network.

These new websites offer an interactive and dynamic interface and all the content related to the work implemented by the Committees. With these projects, the UCLG network can share knowledge and discuss topics of...

The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa: Call for Proposals

19 January 2016

The call for proposals “Supporting the participation of Sub-Saharan cities in the Covenant of Mayors” is currently open. The call is open to not-for-profit, local authorities located in one of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries (lead) or in a country eligible under the Development Cooperation Instrument (co-applicant).

The global objective of this call for proposals is to increase the capacities of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy-related services to...

European Commission approves the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme for European Standardisation

19 January 2016

The European Commission adopted the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme (AUWP) for European standardisation on January 8, 2016. This programme lays down the Commission’s intentions to use standardisation in support of new or existing legislation and policies. Each year the European Commission publishes an Annual Work Programme to identify the main objectives of European standardisation. The AUWP aims to boost growth and employment in the EU.

This year, the programme foresees...

Energy Transition Chronicles: Behind the scenes of successful energy transition processes

19 January 2016

The cities of Schönau and Heidelberg (Germany), Växjö (Sweden) and the regions of Burgenland and Brussels-Capital have all started, more or less recently, their own energy transition process.

Heidelberg currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany and is building the world’s largest renewable district; 88% of the energy consumed in Växjö comes from local renewable sources; and Burgenland became self-sufficient in electricity in 2013. The quality of life has greatly...

Smart Cities Information System: the first year

18 December 2015

SCIS Newsletter Infographic

Who are we? The people behind the initiative

18 December 2015

 

The Smart Cities Information System is a collaboration between five partner organisations, each of which brings their expertise to the mix. A look behind the scenes at our dedicated team of professionals:

GOPA Com.

GOPA com. takes care of the overall management of SCIS and the development of the database, whilst making sure that the SCIS communicates the right messages to the right people, in other words – project management, IT and communications....

What do we wish for? Our priorities for 2016

18 December 2015

Inspired by the traditional holiday wish-list, here is what we will strive to bring to the smart cities community in 2016:    

- Ensure a working database filled with data;
- Visit project sites and meet with project teams to discuss how to make SCIS even better;
- Encourage projects to submit as much data and as many results as possible;
- Gather more input from cities, urban planners, architects, and other experts with valuable experience in the...