The European Innovation Platform on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) held theirgeneral assembly in Eindhoven, The Netherlands late this May. The event was a melting pot of ideas, people and policy trying to make sense of and give direction to the smart city movement.Â
For commissioner Violeta Bulc, the purpose and benefits of smarter cities is clear âCleaner air, safer transport networks, reducing congestion, optimising use of existing infrastructure â these are just some of the reasons why smart city development is so important.â she said.
We need our future cities to be smart and sustainable, and action needs to be taken now. This was the view expressed by many participants at Climate-KIC and NTNUâs recent âSmart Sustainable Citiesâ workshop in Trondheim.Â
The theme for the day wasÂ Campuses as Living Labs for Smart Sustainable Cities, and speakers ranged from city officials and campus development planners, to startups and major industrial actors.Â
This yearâsÂ General AssemblyÂ of the EIP-Smart Cities and Communities brought together over 500 delegates in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on 24 May. Among them were members ofÂ REMOURBANÂ who participated in theÂ Eurocitiesmeeting for Lighthouse projects and in the break-out sessions on Action Clusters at this annual gathering. We take a look at this major event and report on REMOURBAN partnersâ experience.
Although we are up against sizeable economic interests, unwilling governments, and the fear of unemployment, a green conversion is not impossible, says Professor Thomas B. Johansson.
He points to sustainable housing in cities and new sources of energy as essential if we are going to solve the challenges brought about by climate change.