The renaming of the Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities symbolises the anticipated merger with the Smart Cities Information System.
Under the newly created umbrella of Smart Cities Marketplace, the European Commission seeks to gather all stakeholders in the European smart city community to help citizens, cities, research institutions and industry delivering more sustainable, resilient, and smart urban areas.
Smart Cities Marketplace is an initiative for those looking for inspiration, knowledge-exchange or investment to deliver smart city solutions in any of the areas of ICT, energy or transport and mobility.
The new name is intended to reflect the anticipated merger of the EIP-SCC Marketplace with the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) knowledge platform and data exchange.
“The recovery from Covid-19 will be a green recovery and cities all over Europe are in a pole position to support the ambitious reduction of greenhouse gas emissions put forward in the European Green Deal,” said Georg Houben, policy officer, Directorate-General for energy at the European Commission.
“The Smart Cities Marketplace will help cities and towns of all sizes to deliver more sustainable urban energy systems, and offers all the information needed to explore, shape and set up a successful smart city project – in one place.”
The initiative is supported by the European Commission’s DG Energy, DG Move and DG Connect.
The Smart Cities Marketplace said it will remain committed to the portfolio of tasks inherited from its predecessors. Six Smart City Action Clusters from the EIP-SCC with more than 20 initiatives underneath will continue, while the platform will remain open for new topics and initiatives.
“Harvesting and unleashing the power of urban data as well as rolling out data platforms and connectivity will help us build both more sustainable and more resilient cities through cross-sector AI-based services”
The latter are stakeholder owned ‘projects’ of the platform, many of which have established their own networks and concrete implementation roadmaps – in partnership between large industrial players, SMEs, researchers and city officials.
“European smart cities have done great work in piloting ICT to lower their carbon footprint and the potential in scaling up the solutions is tremendous. The launch of the Smart Cities Marketplace comes at a crucial moment when Europe is dealing with the impact of Covid-19 and is more committed than ever to fighting climate change,” added Svetoslav Mihaylov, project officer, DG Connect, at the European Commission.
“Harvesting and unleashing the power of urban data as well as rolling out data platforms and connectivity will help us build both more sustainable and more resilient cities through cross-sector AI-based services.”
To get smart city projects to market the Smart Cities Marketplace features a process called matchmaking by which project ideas can be realised with financing through the platform’s own investor network. Potential project promoters can submit ideas and/or join one of the dedicated matchmaking events.
The Smart Cities Marketplace is a hub for all stakeholders, groups, networks, platforms and initiatives being involved in the Smart City field. Its single purpose is to support the massive upscaling of smart city solutions across Europe and deliver more sustainable cities.
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