“Energy Solutions for Smart Cities and Communities” is the title of a high-level conference to which the European Commission invites all interested stakeholders, on 22 and 23 October 2013 in Brussels. In the European Union initiative for sustainable energy districts "CONCERTO", 58 cities and communities have built 22 demonstration projects in 23 EU countries.
The EU has compiled and evaluated the experiences of these pilot cities in an ambitious project. This conference presents the results from this analysis as well as the hands-on knowledge from the cities. Findings from over five years of CONCERTO project work prove that more energy efficiency and the transition to renewable energy is not only feasible and financially viable in individual buildings, but also in entire urban districts, demonstrating that it often makes more sense to undertake energetic renovation at district level.
The conference will be opened by an address from Þydrûné Juodkiené, Deputy Minister for Energy of the Republic of Lithuania. Lithuania currently holds the EU presidency. The Minister will present the EU's energy policy plans. Philip Lowe, Director-General for Energy of the European Commission, will explain why "Smart Cities and Communities" are so important for the energy transition in the EU and how the EU is supporting cities and communities in the conversion of their energy systems.
In the various sessions to take place on the first day, topics include the right technology mix, integrated energy planning, residents´ participation, as well as economic feasibility, financing options and business models. On day two, participants can learn how to start a smart city process and how planning decisions can be supported by the CONCERTO technical monitoring database, which was created by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on behalf of the EU.
Urban planners will discuss with representatives from industry and political decision makers. Speakers represent among others "Europe's greenest city" Växjö in Sweden, Schneider Electric as a provider of smart energy efficiency technologies, Amsterdam and its Smart Cities project TRANSFORM, the working group on Finance of the Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform, and technology-transfer experts of the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, which is coordinating the overall assessment of the CONCERTO initiative on behalf of the European Commission. The EU Commission will explain how it integrates the fields of energy, transport and ICT in its Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Partnership.Informing about the various funding instruments and European initiatives is another focus, also of the event's exhibition area. The venue is the Charlemagne Building in Brussels, Rue de la Loi 170.
The conference language is English. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required at: http://www.amiando.com/concerto_conference.html.
The CONCERTO Initiative is co-financed by the European Commission through the European Research Framework Programme. The EU initiative of DG Energy has cofunded 58 communities in 22 projects in 23 countries and started in 2005.Contact:
Anette Mack | Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
Plants are networkers
19.06.2017 | Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie
Digital Survival Training for Executives
13.06.2017 | NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management gGmbH
An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...
Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.
Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...
Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.
As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...
Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.
With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...
Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine
Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...
19.06.2017 | Event News
13.06.2017 | Event News
13.06.2017 | Event News
28.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
28.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
28.06.2017 | Health and Medicine