Smart Cities: Promoting Sustainability, Innovation and Cooperation

  • Events
  • 25 October 2016 - 25 October 2016
  • Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
  • by Public Policy Exchange

According to the European Commission, cities account for about 80% of energy use and generate up to 85% of Europe’s GDP. They are perceived as the source of today’s economic and environmental challenges as well as the solution for a sustainable future. Given that more than 70 % of the EU-28’s population lives in urban areas – with urbanization rates expected to continuously increase, it is thus pivotal to help develop smart cities and work towards economically viable and environmentally sustainable solutions in European cities.


This timely symposium sets out to explore the concept of smart cities, its objectives, as well as various actions taken at EU level to support its development. It will discuss ways to facilitate access to finance for smart cities programmes and thus promote cooperation and competitiveness. The symposium will assess the importance of big data in supporting urban development and will examine possible solutions towards the efficient use of energy and sustainable mobility.


Delegates will:

  • Develop goals and strategies to support the Smart Cities movement at EU level
  • Analyze possible solutions to facilitate investments in smart city projects and enhance cooperation between stakeholders
  • Find out how big data and ICT-based application can help cities become smart
  • Explore ways towards energy efficiency and sustainable means of transportation


Ingo Wagner, Policy Manager at Euroheat & Power is among key speakers of this event.


You can find more information on the programme and registration on the event website.

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