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EU Energy Policy Initiatives for Smart Cities
The EU is introducing new energy policy proposals to achieve efficient smart cities and its green objectives to make the state a climate-neutral place.
FREMONT, CA: As there is a large concentration of the population in the EU's urban areas, the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions are recorded in those places. European cities are showing leadership initiatives in the clean energy transition as they fight against climate change by deploying new solutions at all levels of participation of citizens. This is also helping them to achieve significant benefits through the early adoption of policies focused on climate neutrality. As a result, the European Commission is putting smart cities at the forefront of its efforts to achieve Europe's green goals and achieve climate neutrality in the near future.
The EU has launched several EU policies, proposals, and initiatives to promote more sustainable and competitive urban areas. This includes implementing smart technologies in buildings to improve their energy efficiency and promoting research and innovation efforts to transform the state’s energy system into a low-carbon facility.
Smart Cities Marketplace
The Smart city marketplace was initiated as the marketplace for the European innovation partnership on smart cities and communities. The primary objectives of the initiative are to improve the quality of life for citizens, increase the competitiveness of EU cities and industries, and provide support to help reach the EU energy and climate targets.
Furthermore, the initiative disseminates information regarding the introduction of sustainable smart city solutions by using an integrated explore-shape-deal process, which helps in exchanges between project promoters and members of the financing community by shaping smart city knowledge into bankable projects. This platform unites cities, industries, investors, banks, researchers, and other actors in fields like sustainable urban mobility, districts and built environment, citizen focus, and integrated infrastructures and processes in energy, information and communication technologies, and transport to effectively fuel the matchmaking process.
The smart cities marketplace also partners with other EU initiatives to serve as a centre for pivotal practical knowledge, capacity-building support and facilitation of finance across different sectors.
The mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities
The 100 climate-neutral cities mission aims to promote system innovation across the value chain of city investment, targeting different domains such as governance, transport, energy, construction, and recycling. The proposal utilises the support of digital technologies to ensure that participating cities act as innovation hubs that help all European cities to follow suit in the near future. The mission is also a starting point for improvements in clean and sustainable urban mobility, near-zero emissions or positive energy building and green energy production.
The cities registered and selected for implementation of the initiative have the opportunity to deliver multiple advantages, such as reduced air and noise pollution, less traffic congestion, lower energy bills, and healthier lifestyles to their communities through the preparation and implementation of the climate city contract. This also includes an entire strategy for climate neutrality across different arenas, such as energy, buildings, waste management, and transport. The project involves citizens, research organisations, and the private sector to play a significant role. Moreover, this commitment initiated by these cities in the contracts will help them engage with the EU national and regional authorities to achieve their desired objectives.