The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities launched its Strategic Implementation Plan this week during the conference ‘Leading the way in making Europe’s cities smarter’. The plan lists a set of recommendations on how to make efficient investments in urban infrastructure. Following the logic of Smart Cities, it calls for energy, mobility and ICT solutions to be integrated in one approach. Key note speaker Commissioner for Energy Oettinger, who had just returned from the EU-China Urbanisation Forum in Beijing, expects a global demand for Europe’s urban solutions. ‘The EU’s smart technology will set the standard for sustainability in the world’.
The Partnership’s Strategic Implementation Plan is a blueprint for innovation in urban infrastructure. In Europe and across the world, cities see their populations grow and face an increasing pressure on mobility, the environment and the use of resources. Smart infrastructures should contribute to sustainability and efficiency in cities. ICT solutions are at the core of this development. ‘ICT is the actual revolution’, says Commissioner of Energy Oettinger in his keynote speech. ‘Electronic data enable us to use intelligent solutions such as smart grids, smart metering, car-sharing and traffic control.’