OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Missions and partnerships in Horizon Europe (4 December 2019)

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Press Release: Harmonising energy and mobility planning: it’s SIMPLA!

The H2020 project SIMPLA supported local authorities in joining up their energy and mobility planning and delivered guidelines for integrated planning, which has been recognised by Europe’s main observatory on urban mobility (ELTIS) as good practice.

Stakeholder Press Release: The European Green Deal needs to lead to concrete actions for integrated building renovations

We have come together as stakeholders representing clean energy technologies and industries, civil society, cities, professionals, and workers delivering the energy transition to call on the European Union to put forward an action plan for the integrated renovation of all existing buildings in order to ensure that they are powered by renewable energy, highly energy efficient and smart.

Event: Societal, Research and Innovation Challenges in Integrated Planning and Implementation of Smart and Energy-efficient Urban Solutions (Bolzano, Italy, 10 December 2019)

This event aims to collect key messages, not only for new policy agendas, but also for a highly ambitious research and innovation agenda centering around integrated approaches for planning and implementation, which will be transferred to national policy makers and the Mission Board on Smart and Climate-neutral Cities and other relevant Mission Boards.

Event: Data driven services for energy consumers (Brussels, 21 January 2019)

The full day workshop on “Data Driven Services for Energy Consumers” will be looking at what is happening at household level. It will aim, in particular, at showcasing relevant projects and how they approach the GDPR requirements, understanding how to engage the consumers in these solutions, hearing the views of the Energy communities on the possibilities opened by the Clean Energy Package, and the role played by IT companies compared to the energy companies in providing these services.

Event: Generation Z and Zero Emission Transport (Brussels, 5 December 2019)

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Event: 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns (Mannheim, Germany, 20 September – 2 October 2020)

Local transformation needs to be brought to the next level in all aspects of society. Europe needs solutions for major environmental, economic and social challenges!

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Mannheim will bring together local and regional leaders, European and international institutions and some of the brightest minds working on cutting edge research, businesses and the civil society to forge a more sustainable Europe.

Report: The EU Environmental Foresight System (FORENV)

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Press Release: Launch of EIT Urban Mobility in Barcelona to transform Europe’s cities into liveable places

The city of Barcelona launched today the European initiative EIT Urban Mobility at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The event represented the official start of this EIT Innovation Community, coordinated by Barcelona, which aims to finance projects that contribute to mobility solutions to accelerate the transition towards more liveable urban spaces.

Agenda: Expert Group on Urban Mobility (main group) (29 November 2019)

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Event: Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, 19-21 November 2019)

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Agenda: Expert group on the Energy Performance of Building Directive (main group) (11 December 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Energy Performance of Buildings Committee Meeting (11 December 2019)

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Press Release: ATELIER Smart City project to turn Amsterdam and Bilbao into citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts

On 1 November 2019, the Smart City project ATELIER, funded by the European Commission under the H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 call, is officially starting. Coordinated by the City of Amsterdam, ATELIER will focus on developing citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao, combining the expertise and the commitment of 30 partners from 11 countries.

SETIS Magazine: Energy Efficiency in Buildings

This edition of SETIS Magazine takes a closer look at the current status of the EU building stock and its future evolution. It discusses the energy transformation of Europe’s buildings, along with the challenges and policy actions ahead.

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.

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