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Go green, go fast: Alkmaar speeds up to tackle climate change Go green, go fast: Alkmaar speeds up to tackle climate change

Cemented areas turned into complex ecosystems, energy-producing noise barriers, and lampposts charging e-cars and e-boats. Going green and enhancing its precious landscape is Alkmaar’s way of tackling climate change: “The key is reinterpreting heritage, through technological innovations”

June 2023
Together is better: when engaging citizens makes cities smarter Together is better: when engaging citizens makes cities smarter

Engaging rather than imposing top-down solutions. Community empowerment and trust-building make European cities smarter: Insights and innovations from a grassroots approach to urban planning.

February 2024
Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive

Smart Cities: what’s in it for the citizens? Technology should empower people, but sometimes it becomes an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Cities must address problems like the digital divide, use technology to help the less privileged categories, and know when to intervene or step back to foster social values and inclusivity.

January 2024
Image credits: Espaço Municipal Cities for all: when inclusivity is key for tackling climate challenge

From the retrofitting of social housing blocks to the set-up of a “biodistrict”, co-designed by school pupils. When urban regeneration faces climate change from a new perspective: “Inclusive and beautiful is better. People must be proud of where they live”.

July 2023
Being human to be Smart: the cities’ challenge in the AI era Being human to be Smart: the cities’ challenge in the AI era

Accounting for over 70% of global CO2 emissions, cities are key in reducing our carbon footprint. But technology is not enough, experts warn, to address the new challenges. To be really “smart”, a city must take into account the main recipients of this transformation: the citizen.

June 2023
From army barrack to eco-village: enhancing the interaction of circular solutions From army barrack to eco-village: enhancing the interaction of circular solutions

Watch the Houseful Video News Release to discover how the eco-village of Cambium is adopting circular solutions. 

May 2023
Under the Turkish sun: Antalya goes solar Under the Turkish sun: Antalya goes solar

Turkey's tourist capital on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya, has the distinction of being surrounded by both mountains and a famous crystal-clear sea.

January 2023
Powering the future: energy partnerships for sustainable smart cities Powering the future: energy partnerships for sustainable smart cities

The vertical relationship between energy utilities and their customers is giving way to partnership and innovation, as citizens take an increasingly prominent role in the leadership of the energy transition

January 2022
Brexit and the UK’s decarbonisation efforts: a hit or a miss? Brexit and the UK’s decarbonisation efforts: a hit or a miss?

Post-Brexit is a challenging era for the United Kingdom's climate and environmental policy. Some experts believe that the new situation will speed up the country’s plans while others worry it will thwart them

February 2021
Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis

The coronavirus emergency won’t affect the timeline of the EU’s Green Deal. This is despite some fossil-fuel-reliant countries asking the Commission to put its flagship policy on hold, even if they stand to benefit most from the Deal's Just Transition Fund

April 2020
Smart city and wise city Smart city and wise city

The term smart cities mainly refers to the field of technology. Some fear that the intelligent cities of the future will be massively robotic, with algorithms dominating people. Hence the need for more citizen engagement in designing the digital revolution of their urban spaces

October 2019
Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out date. The revolution has already started in Western Macedonia

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis surprised the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York by announcing the end of the use of coal by 2028 and the dismantling of plants. This is our report from Western Macedonia, the leading energy producing area of Greece, where they are analysing viable solutions to replace lignite

October 2019
Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets

As Theresa May signs into law a commitment to bring the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, one city in the UK is on its way to achieving this goal 22 years sooner

June 2019
Florence: Renaissance and smart future Florence: Renaissance and smart future

The Italian city has recently become a model smart city by implementing a broad plan ranging from urban development to mobility and new tourism management

March 2019
Waste heat from power plants hits home Waste heat from power plants hits home

District heating systems that use industrial waste are increasingly common, which helps the transition to a circular economy.

December 2018
How can smart cities finance their transformation? How can smart cities finance their transformation?

Smart solutions are innovations. Therefore, by nature, they’re often new and untested - which is a scary feature for potential investors, who want safe and predictable results. So what are some attractive financing schemes for “intelligent” cities?

April 2018
The City for Tomorrow The City for Tomorrow

On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol entered into force. The first global agreement of history to reduce carbon dioxide emissions was based on the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring. Thirteen years later, how do we stand now given the recent developments?

February 2018
Efficient, Cheap and Green Efficient, Cheap and Green

Reducing CO2 emissions is not only about adapting new technologies, but ensuring that these technologies are also being accepted by the public.

October 2017
Generation green: smart cities bring new eco-friendly jobs Generation green: smart cities bring new eco-friendly jobs

Smart cities across Europe are pioneering all sorts of cutting-edge technologies to reduce pollution and boost energy efficiency, becoming green role models for others to follow. The eco-friendly push is not only helping to protect our planet, it’s also stimulating growth and unleashing a new generation of jobs

May 2017
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes Smart cities and innovative financing schemes

Cities in Europe are experimenting new ways to invest in energy transition and finance green measures at local level. Innovative financing models are becoming a priority because of lack of public funding

February 2017
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