The UK-China Smartcities initiative – driven by the Manchester Urban Institute – aims to produce a blueprint for smart green city governance that will lead the way in developing more smart green cities in China, while also fostering UK-China cooperation and opening up business opportunities for UK SMEs. The initiative is currently busy establishing working partnerships between actors including the Manchester Urban Institute, Manchester City Council, Future Cities Catapult, the China Center for Urban Development and the Chinese Academy of Governance.
On 13 July 2016, JPI Urban Europe and CCUD signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their partnership in the field of urbanisation. The signing took place at the 18th EU-China Summit in the presence of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. (more…)
The Regional Cities Network brings together more than 20 officers operating out of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan. These officers are focused upon building the UK’s relationship with provinces within which the UK has no bricks-and-mortar representation. (more…)
The UK-China Urbanisation Platform has been established in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding on Enhancing Cooperation in Green and Low Carbon Urbanisation. The Platform aims to promote the UK’s offer of city and city cluster development, smart cities and integrated planning and knowledge exchange.
Market Place news:
- The next EIP-SCC Action Cluster meeting takes place in Brussels on 22 November (further information to follow);
- The Citizen Focus Manifesto on Citizen Engagement is available for comments and contributions until 15 September;
- And the recording and presentation of the webinar Increasing Capacities for Innovating Financing in Energy Efficiency is now available for downloads.
The EIP-SCC representation tour stopped off at the Brussels-hosted Sustainable Energy Week. During the week 13-17 June, representatives of EIP-SCC were available to answer attendees questions. In addition, the EIP-SCC held a further two networking sessions at the nearby Residence Palace to promote two Sustainable Urban Mobility initiatives: Scaling-Up Smart Electro-Mobility Solutions in Europe and Sustainable Mobility in the Smart City.
EIP-SCC has launched an online consultation for its Manifesto on Citizen Engagement. The citizen-centred approach centres around institutionalising the concepts of privacy in organisations making up the smart city value chain and integrating these concepts in the design of smart city systems and sub-systems.