Smart cities Archives

  • Cities ‘frustrated’ by EU innovation policy

    News | Regional Policy 27-04-2010

    Europe's biggest cities believe the European Commission's definition of innovation is too narrowly focused on the commercial and research sectors. In an interview with EURACTIV, Paul Bevan, secretary-general of Eurocities, said Europe's urban centres are teeming with examples of social, organisational and market-driven innovation.

  • Eurocities: Europe’s cities ‘frustrated’ by innovation policy

    Interview | Regional Policy 27-04-2010

    Europe's biggest cities believe the European Commission's definition of innovation is too narrowly focused on the commercial and research sectors. In an interview with EURACTIV, Paul Bevan, secretary-general of Eurocities, said Europe's urban centres are teeming with examples of social, organisational and market-driven innovation.

  • European cities ‘take the lead’ in fighting global warming

    News | Development Policy 09-12-2009

    European cities are taking the lead in fighting climate change, according to a new report ranking the continent's financial capitals according to their green credentials.

  • IBM chief: Smart cities need ‘holistic view’ of their activities

    Interview | Digital 13-10-2009

    Stockholm, New York and other cities across the globe are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to manage low-emission traffic zones or improve their ability to fight crime. But privacy issues are never far away and will require political decisions, warns John Post, chief technology officer at IBM Benelux.

  • Cities turn to high-tech for curbing traffic, crime

    News | Digital 13-10-2009

    Stockholm, New York and other cities across the globe are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to manage low-emissions traffic zones or improve their ability to fight crime. But privacy issues are never far away and will require political decisions, warns John Post, chief technology officer at IBM Benelux.

  • EU, US mayors stress cities’ role in global warming fight

    News | Development Policy 08-10-2009

    Mayors from both sides of the Atlantic have teamed up to ensure that international climate negotiators recognise the important role played by cities in adapting to climate change as they gather in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto treaty in December.

  • Cities puzzled by greenhouse gas measurements

    News | Sustainable Development 07-10-2009

    Many regional initiatives are already taking place in the EU to tackle climate change, but the array of different tools for measuring global warming gases make the results difficult to compare, a recent study showed.

  • Cities and climate change

    LinksDossier | Climate change 04-03-2009

    Home to 80% of EU citizens and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, urban areas play a key role in fighting climate change; but cities' access to funding for green policies is proving a major stumbling block.

  • Mayors commit to exceeding EU climate goals

    News | Sustainable Development 11-02-2009

    Over 350 cities united in a pledge to reduce their CO2 emissions by more than the EU's 20% target for 2020 at the launch ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors yesterday (10 February), with €15 million in financial support from the European Investment Bank in the pipeline. 

  • EU ‘not listening’ to cities, says Commission

    News | Sustainable Development 09-10-2008

    National governments' privileged access to EU decision-makers in Brussels limits cities' access to funding instruments necessary for dealing with significant climate change-related challenges, according to a Commission official and urban policy experts.

  • Sustainable Cities

    LinksDossier | Sustainable Development 08-10-2008

    The climate change imperative has put the spotlight on Europe's cities, which are home to 80% of Europeans and consume a disproportionate share of natural resources relative to their surface area. 

  • Commission unveils urban-mobility strategy

    News | Transport 26-09-2007

    Presenting a new Green Paper on Urban Transport, Commissioner Jacques Barrot outlined a large range of potential solutions and areas where the EU could take action in order to tackle the growing congestion, pollution and safety problems in Europe's cities.

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