Cities across Europe are testing new ‘smart’ energy-saving solutions in large-scale test beds under the Horizon 2020 programme.
Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide.
This year’s European Energy Sustainable Week (EUSEW) brought together the nine smart city ‘Lighthouse’ projects in a unique policy session entitled ‘Smarter is cleaner’ to exchange environmental, financial and societal benefits.
Representatives from 13 cities involved in these smart city projects presented new energy products, discussed environmental policies and shared a catalogue of learning how to grow a new market of smarter, more sustainable energy solutions and create a new generation of jobs.
Introducing the session, Jens Bartholmes, DG Energy Policy officer, reaffirmed the European Commission’s support to the Lighthouse cities and expressed satisfaction at the replication of the smart solutions plan in other associated cities.
Working together with industrial partners, 27 Lighthouse cities and 30 follower cities are paving the way for a new energy ecosystem to create a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.
All nine smart city projects on display at the EUSEW are funded under the Horizon 2020 programme.