Smart cities

Digital 23-03-2017

How many smart cities are there in Europe?

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240 European cities with populations over 100,000 have some "smart city" features--meaning they use technology to improve their energy use, transport systems or other infrastructure, according to European Parliament research.

Digital 21-03-2017

European cities want 10 million ‘smart’ streetlamps

Local governments around Europe paid €7.6 billion to light public streets in 2015, but their bills could be cut down by up to 70% if local governments are willing to shell out extra funds to install new lighting.

Digital skills 06-03-2017

EIT Digital boss: Europe needs ‘global mentality’ in innovation

Europe lacks a "global mentality" when it comes to innovation in the digital technology sector, Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) Willem Jonker told EURACTIV Spain.

Broadband 27-02-2017

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of broadband networks enabling the digital revolution, as the World Mobile Congress opens in Barcelona.

Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com

Digital 07-02-2017

Rockefeller Foundation chief: Resilient cities harness the power of data

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed.

Digital 26-01-2017

How digital buildings can increase Europe’s energy efficiency

Digitalisation opens up new avenues for us in many areas and modern technologies make our lives easier and more enjoyable. The EU’s pursuit of progress is admirable but constantly setting new targets is not always the best way to promote innovation, writes Herbert Reul.

Digital 23-01-2017

Europe’s cities are key to empowering ‘energy citizens’

Cities need to be at the centre of Europe's energy policies because they create sustainable supplies and boost job growth, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

An intelligent approach to intelligent buildings

What are intelligent buildings, why are they important and how can we realise their full potential? Christiane Egger takes a closer look at the growing market for intelligent buildings.

Development Policy 16-11-2016

AidEx opens in Brussels, with ‘localisation’ top of the agenda

AidEx, the second-biggest event in the development calendar in Brussels, opens today (16 November), for 48 hours, in which the international aid community, NGOs, professionals come together to share experiences and expertise.

‘Share the knowledge’ at UN’s Quito summit on cities – or wait until 2036

Some 90% of urban growth over the next 30 years will happen in developing countries. If we squander the chance to set them on the path to sustainability now, it may be lost for ever, write Eva Dic and Maria-Theres Haase.

Development Policy 12-10-2016

Global Health Index: ‘800 million people are going to bed hungry every night’

21,000 people die every day from hunger or food shortages, and some 795 million go to bed hungry each night, according to the new Global Hunger Index, published on Tuesday (11 October).

Development Policy 26-09-2016

EU Budget: yesterday’s solutions no longer work today

Those familiar with Brussels’ routines know that, at this time of the year, EU institutions’ representatives gather to agree on the budget for 2017. Negotiations are known to be passionate, to say the least, writes Tamira Gunzburg.

Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe’s new plan for Africa ‘could reach €88 billion’

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EURACTIV.com

Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Local and regional authorities are stepping up their efforts to fight climate change, but limited access to finance often holds them back, Philippe Orliange told Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.

Development Policy 26-08-2016

Africa’s population set to double by 2050, says new report

Africa’s population will double by 2050, according to a new report from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington – posing serious questions about the sustainabililty of the world’s poorest continent.

DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s impasse between an unplanned urbanisation of slum expansion and a dystopian dream world of Dubai-inspired gated compounds is on display at a show in Brussels – the former colonial master of what is now one of the world’s poorest countries.

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EURACTIV Slovakia.

Digital 13-06-2016

Cities demand central role in digital skills revolution

A network of major European cities has called on the EU to place its members at the heart of efforts to boost digital skills, tackle unemployment and prepare citizens for the high value jobs of the future.

Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

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Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.

Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.

‘Netflix-like’ city transport app could mean people buy less cars

The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.

Climate change 04-03-2016

Climate change adaptation a victim of North-South inequality

The cities of the developed world are beginning to adapt to climate change, but financing for adaptation in the Global South is far harder to come by, according to a study published in the journal Nature. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

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Upcoming events

  • 1.1 Workshop on 'Smart buildings' - 25 January 2017 at 8h00 - European Parliament
  • #1.2 Workshop on 'Smart mobility' - 8 February 2017 at 8h00 - European Parliament
  • #1.3 Panel Discussion on 'Smart Cities' - 6 March 2017 at 19h00 - Bavarian Representation to the EU