Following last year’s collaborative meeting in Stockholm, the coordinators of several ongoing smart cities ‘lighthouse’ projects came together once more in Nottingham on 23-24 March. They had the opportunity to see the improvements brought on by the REMOURBAN initiative. The underlying aim of this event is to distil lessons, exchange information and develop further synergies.
On 23 March, nine Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects pledged to strengthen their cooperation towards low-carbon and resource efficient urban spaces. Participants stated that developing smart cities which offer new ways to solve age-old problems is key to securing a sustainable urban future. Furthermore, they stressed the need for knowledge sharing and replication to be enhanced moving forward.
Meeting at Nottingham’s Trent University Conference Centre, representatives from the nine partner projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto setting out their commitments. Councillor Sam Webster of Nottingham City Council and Michael Carr, pro-vice chancellor at Nottingham Trent University, were in attendance. The project comprises over 57 towns and cities from 26 countries.
Participants got down to business and divided into groups to discuss hot topics such as phases and obstacles of the urban transformation, evaluations of supporting the urban transition, replication and upscaling and urban governance and participation.
In the afternoon session, delegates from the European Commission, INEA and the nine Lighthouse projects saw first-hand REMOURBAN’s green endeavours in making Nottingham a Lighthouse city. A demonstration at the Sneinton site focused on electric busses and social and private building retrofitting.
The second day was dedicated to the SCC01 cluster meeting of the nine ‘lighthouse’ projects. Separate task groups discussed the current status and future joint actions regarding business models, replication, and dissemination and communication.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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