Event: 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress (Madrid, 31 October 2019)

The 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress will take place in Madrid on October 31st, 2019. The congress will address issues concerning public management and private initiatives from enterprises and social organizations with a major impact on citizens’ lives.

Press Release: Cybercrime is becoming bolder with data at the centre of the crime scene

Europol’s 2019 cybercrime report provides insights into emerging threats and key developments.

Cybercrime is continuing to mature and becoming more and more bold, shifting its focus to larger and more profitable targets as well as new technologies. Data is the key element in cybercrime, both from a crime and an investigate perspective.

Agenda: Committee of the Regions Plenary Session (8 – 9 October 2019)

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Press Release: Upgrading inefficient district heating systems

Horizon 2020 projects UgradeDH and KeepWarm have made upgrading of inefficient district heating system easier. New handbooks and training courses have been produced that will help operators of existing district heating systems understand the opportunities of improved energy efficiency and a transition to a sustainable energy system.

Press Release: 2019 call results: a significant increase in number of applications

The Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call 2019 was published on 12 March 2019 with the deadline on 10 September 2019. In total, EASME received 279 proposals for the 16 topics of the call, representing a significant increase compared to last year.

Press Release: Nantes is European Capital of Innovation 2019

The city of Nantes in north-west France is the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the Commission announced today at the European Research and Innovation Days. The title was awarded to Nantes in recognition for its outstanding ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens and its open and collaborative governance model.

Event: Cities & regions: engaging citizens in Global Sustainable Development (Brussels, 25 September 2019)

PLATFORMA will mark its contribution to the Global Day to #act4SDGs by presenting the 4th edition of the European Days of Local Solidarity (EDLS). Partners and stakeholders, are invited to exchange on the contribution of cities and regions to EU citizens’ awareness about global development issues. An open discussion with EU representatives, Civil Society Organisations and their associations in Europe, the educational sector, among others, on how to better engage citizens in global development.

Event: EIP Action Cluster Workshop – Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities (Stavanger, Norway, 25 September 2019)

The Horizon Europe “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” Mission, and now 17 Smart Cities Lighthouse programmes provide a clear backdrop that cities matter; and that collaboration, common solutions, and integrated approaches can help accelerate us to deliver scale impact in European cities.

This workshop continues the process of strengthening each initiative; tightening the connections between these interdependent initiatives; mobilising cities, industry, investors, and scientific organisations to commit to make things real in the market.

Factsheet: Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society

This brochure gives an overview on all aspects of the connectivity in the EU. It shows what connectivity we have now and the prospects for the future. It gives statistics on the broadband coverage, a short overview on telecom markets, presents some outstanding broadband programmes and projects, describes the future telecom rules and steps towards 5G.

Event: ‘Scaling-up Challenge Session’ European Research & Innovation Conference workshop (Thessaloniki, 3 September 2019)

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Press Release: Commission launches consultation on the establishment of a smart readiness indicator for buildings

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission meeting (19 September 2019)

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Event: 1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event (Durham, UK, 23 & 24 September 2019)

The first “Energy & Environment Clustering Event”, hosted by Durham Energy Institute at Durham University and facilitated by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform, will focus on the need for new skills and knowledge for the energy and climate transition. It will also highlight the crucial mindset change needed to increase efficiency in the use of raw materials and reduce harmful emissions. The concept of the circular economy and the important role of consumers will be addressed.

Press Release: Developing strategies to decarbonise buildings

Policymakers have new tools at their disposal to prepare long-term strategies for the decarbonisation of buildings through energy efficiency renovation. Horizon 2020 projects BUILD UPON and EmBuild supported the design and implementation of renovation strategies across 15 countries in central and south Eastern Europe. Over a third of Europe’s CO2 emissions come from buildings, therefore renovation of inefficient building stocks is a priority if we are to decarbonise by 2050 in line with climate and energy goals.

Event: Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 (Helsinki, 9 & 10 October 2019)

Helsinki Impact Conference calls together European leaders, experts and academia on cohesive urban policy and urban planning, to share insights on how cities act as global change-makers. Conference takes place at Helsinki Musiikkitalo, Music Centre on 9–10 October 2019.

Event: Smart City Solutions (Stuttgart, 17-19 September 2019)

The high-ranking conference SMART CITY SOLUTIONS DIALOGUE offers renowned speakers. Short and compact, the speakers make you fit for the Smart City theme. In addition to the conference programme, cities meet with each other and with solution providers to share ideas in the Meetup area.

Event: 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems (Copenhagen, 10 & 11 September 2019)

The International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating has been expanded to include the research topics of electrification, electrofuels and energy efficiency.

Events: Smart Cities Central Eastern Europe (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 16 October 2019)

SMART CITIES CEE will address the big questions that city leaders face when they are planning their city of the future – governance, digitalisation, citizen happiness, climate change, health, liveability & more.

Event: Climate Resilient Cities – Energy Efficiency & Renewables in the Digital Era (Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 September 2019)

CISBAT is a scientific conference organised for the 15th time by the Solar Energy and Building Physics Lab (LESO-PB) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). Academic partners of the conference are renowned scientists from University of Cambridge and MIT as well as the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research “Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts” and the Swiss chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association IBPSA, backed by a strong international scientific committee.

Call for feedback: European Partnership for Smart Networks and Services

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Press Release: Horizon 2020 Work Programme to kick-start a large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies

The updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme provides €47 million to kick-start the large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies previously announced in the Commission Strategic Action Plan for Batteries.

Press Release: ETSI releases three new SAREF onthology specifications for smart cities, industry 4.0 and smart agriculture

ETSI SmartM2M Technical Committee has just released three new specifications for smart cities, industry and manufacturing, and smart agriculture and food chain domains. This follows the first version of the SAREF (Smart Appliances REFerence ontology) standard from 2015; the subsequent second modular version (Smart Applications REFerence ontology) and first three extensions for energy, buildings and environment in 2018.

Press Release: Energy Union and climate neutral solutions priorities for Energy Council

In terms of energy policy, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on the implementation of legislation. The Presidency will also have an opportunity to lay down long-term policies especially on climate issues.

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