UK-China Smartcities selected as best practice case in the EU-China smart city relationship


UK-China Smartcities has been selected as the best practice case in the EU-China smart city relationship.

The success of the UK-China Smartcities project and the solid collaboration between Manchester and Wuhan supported by Digital China and eForum has been recognised as best practice. This has resulted in an invitation to participate in the next phase of the EU-China SmartCities project with five other chosen EU-China city partnerships. The existing EU-China Smartcities project  partners of Manchester, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Issy-les-Moulineux and Bristol have been joined by Milton Keynes in the next phase of the initiative. The Policy Dialogue Support Fund-sponsored initiative has adopted a methodology which called for an initial scoping period in which EU’s DG CNECT and China’s MIIT met to agree progress and to establish the cities to be invited to participate in this phase of the initiative. A series of bi-lateral meetings will be timetabled culminating in a workshop event in Brussels in the early summer of 2016.

Read more about EU-China Smartcities here.

Wuhan British consulate opening spurs UK interest and activity in the city

The opening of Wuhan’s British consulate in March 2015 has been followed a significant increase in UK interest and activity in the city.

The opening of Wuhan’s British consulate builds on the Manchester-Wuhan strategic twinning – a twinning that goes back to 1986 and which has resulted in the signing of a joint MoU and Action Plan regarding future smart city collaboration which coincides with the opening of the consulate.

Read more on Wuhan’s British consulate here.



Sustainable Built Environment 2016

On 7-8 April, Utrecht will host Sustainable Built Environment 2016.

The Sustainable Built Environment conference series − promoted by iiSBE, UNEP-SBO and FIDIC − is considered to be the pre-eminent international conference on sustainable building and construction.

During the Sustainable Built Environmeny 2016 conference, attendees will meet technology transition professionals in urban sustainability from the Netherlands and from around the world. The main theme of the conference is “From Demonstrations to Large-Scale NET-Zero Refurbishment.” The four conference topics are:

  • Upscaling:  From prototypes and concepts to market introduction and business models.
  • Circular processes:  Models and materials and construction chains.
  • Small urban area:  Energy optimizing systems, participation of inhabitants and quality of life.
  • Governance:  Legislation and policies, stakeholder involvement and impact of local authorities.

The programme of the conference comprises two plenary sessions. In addition, eight small-scale interactive sessions will be organised, featuring 45 interactive presentations on the conference topics.

Dutch EU Presidency launches website on urban agenda

The Netherlands EU Presidency has recently launched a dedicated website on the urban agenda. The Netherlands will be holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 12th time during the first half of the 2016.

The Dutch Presidency has defined the following objectives:  to focus on the essentials, on growth and on jobs through innovation and to connect EU policy with citizens and civil society. To achieve these objectives, the Netherlands will be focusing on four priority areas:  migration & international security, Europe as an innovator and job creator, sound finances and a robust Eurozone and forward-looking climate & energy policy.

The website for the Urban Agenda of the Dutch Presidency includes an explanation on the Pact of Amsterdam which will contain the Operational Framework of the EU Urban Agenda.

The EU Urban Agenda during the Dutch Presidency will develop four partnerships in Air Quality, Housing, Urban Poverty and the Integration of Refugees and Migrants. The focus of all of them will be on better regulation, better funding and better knowledge exchange.

EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 launched

The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities:  better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” was launched at ‘Transport for Smart Cities 2016:  scaling innovation in Europe’ on 28 January.

The Roadmap identifies the key targets for this year in terms of collaboration among cities, industry and other key partners. In addition, it details the roll-out actions to be undertaken to achieve its goals. The focus is the deployment of technology and service innovation in the fields of interoperable urban platforms, intelligent lampposts, positive energy blocks, smart electro-mobility solutions and smart mobility services. It also takes into account the enabling roles of collaborative actions such as new business models and financing arrangements, new strategies and tools to increase citizen focus and engagement, new strategies and tools for integrated planning and decision-making.

Further information can be found here.

EIP-SCC General Assembly 2016


On 24 May, Eindhoven will host EIP-SCC General Assembly 2016. Over 400 participants are expected, making it one of the most important smart city innovation events in Europe. Participants will learn about key policy and market trends alongside creating new contacts and networks.

The 2016 General Assembly is associated with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, reflecting the relevance of urban issues for Europe. High-level representatives of the European Commission, the Presidency, other European institutions, cities and companies will share their views on developing further a strategic agenda for European smart cities of the future. Through interactive action cluster sessions, participants will further contribute to shaping this agenda.

The venue is yet to be confirmed and more information about the programme, registrations and speakers will follow shortly.

Further information can be found here.

Chinese smart city achievements showcased at the Lisbon-hosted ICT 2015

Several Chinese smart city achievements were showcased during a workshop at the Lisbon-hosted ICT 2015.

The achievements showcased were associated with either the EU-China IST project, the China-Europe Public Administration project or the EU-China Smartcities project.

Showcasing was designed to inspire as much teach.

The full meeting minutes will soon be available to download from this site.

UK-China Smartcities

The Chinese have requested support in creating a model for the construction of their next 100 smart green cities. This project will contribute policies and standards to that blueprint, while giving British partners a leading role in this field and the leading role in the EU-China Smart Green Cities initiative, launched by the Chinese Premier and the EU President.

The Chair of ACSI has specifically asked for UK support for smart city policies. The more influence that this project can have on shaping future policies and standards, the more openings will be available for suppliers of the technologies required and for creating further opportunities for the British cities and initiatives involved.

The project addresses a very important aspect of the sustainability agenda, in developing government structures which are able to join-up the often disparate factors which contribute to a green city – energy, transport and housing – and to make policies more holistic and less silo-focused.

Britain has the professional service strengths to actively engage in the next stages of China’s development in a global smart city market which will be worth around $400 billion per annum by 2020.

The quick-win and long-term collaborations to be instigated by this project will underpin the expected progress.