smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

URBAN-EU-CHINA project goes live

Two recent events - one in Putian on 19 March and the other in Brussels on 28-29 March - marked the official launch of the new Horizon 2020 URBAN-EU-CHINA project.

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publication date: 27-04-2017

  •  knowledge society

Pan European Networks: City-led, citizen-focused

Nikolaos Kontinakis, senior project coordinator, outlines some key initiatives that EUROCITIES has undertaken in the field of smart cities.

publication

publication date: 26-04-2017

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Survey on ITS to shape future training programmes

The European CAPITAL project – Collaborative Capacity Programme on ITS Training-education and Liaison - is a support action funded by the European Union to design and deliver a collaborative capacity-building programme.

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publication date: 26-04-2017

  •  knowledge society

Growing Smart Energy Cities - Strategies, Instruments and Financing Tools

Berliner Energieagentur and EUROCITIES are happy to invite you to join the conference Growing Smart Energy Cities Strategies, Instruments and Financing Tools on 31 May - 1 June in Berlin.

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start date: 31-05-2017
end date: 01-06-2017

  •  economy

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start date: 24-04-2017
end date: 26-04-2017

  •  knowledge society

WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards

The WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards recognises and promotes outstanding ICT, smart city, and e-Government practices of cities and local governments from all over the world, WeGO and non-WeGO members alike.

news

publication date: 13-04-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Tilburg becomes 52nd signatory city of the Green Digital Charter

The city of Tilburg is the 52nd European city, and the 5th Dutch city, to sign the Green Digital Charter, a EUROCITIES initiative promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

news

publication date: 06-04-2017

  •  knowledge society

Lighthouse projects agree cooperation manifesto

On Thursday 23 March, 9 smart cities Lighthouse Projects pledged closer cooperation in their efforts towards low carbon and resource efficient urban spaces.

news

publication date: 29-03-2017

LOGIN 2017 Festival

LOGIN is the largest tech and innovations festival in the Baltic States, attracting more than 6000 attendees annually.

event

start date: 24-05-2017
end date: 26-05-2017

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Peer learning visits on e-mobility and building retrofit

The Sharing Cities project is organising a series of peer learning visits to help EUROCITIES members explore the latest developments in the fields of e-mobility and building retrofit.

news

publication date: 16-03-2017