The forum “Circular Economy and Clean Technologies” will take place on 18 May 2018. It is part of the official agenda of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2018 and is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria.
Over 2’000 makers, start-ups, inventors, European top policy makers, business leaders, high school teachers and children meet in a unique fair to discover and debate what the Town of the Future will look like. Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 editions, Makerstown is back in 2018 bigger, better, and more daring. Makerstown shakes up Brussels by showcasing the Town of the Future and what needs to be done in terms of policy, private investment and education to ensure the Town of the Future can become a reality.
Over €560 m was requested by applicants, the total available budget is €138.3 m. According to estimates, up to twelve projects may be funded through these funds (indicative).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held a conference in Edmonton, Canada earlier this month to discuss recent findings and share insights on the topic of Cities and Climate Change. While cities currently host around half of the world’s population, this share is set to grow to around 64-69% by 2050. This makes cities both a challenge and an opportunity in light of increasing climate impacts and carbon emissions.
It’s hard to map a path forward if you don’t understand the lie of the land. City planners concerned with the implications of climate change thus need detailed information on the districts within their remit. New services developed by EU-funded researchers are available to support them with intelligence notably derived from Earth observation and open data.
The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Market Place gathered this year over 300 practitioners of finance for sustainable energy to share experiences in developing investment projects, and to inspire their peers to replicate such solutions in their own cities and regions. A total of 25 front runner projects and initiatives from all around Europe were showcased this year.