Cities set Standards to be Smarter and more Sustainable 

How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities?
Can the European Standardization Organizations be part of the cities’ journey towards a smart and sustainable future?

When: Thursday, 19 October 2017
Where: Brussels, Congress Centre Albert Borschette
Programme: download the programme outline
Web streaming: recording of live web streaming
Organized by: CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on 'Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities'
Hosted by: European Commission - Directorate General GROW

Presentations

OPENING REMARKS - Joaquim NUNES DE ALMEIDA, Director of Directorate B, DG GROW, European Commission

WHY STANDARDS MAKE CITIES SMARTER AND SUSTAINABLE

SHOWCASE OF SMART CITIES USING REFERENCE DOCUMENTS - PANEL DISCUSSION

 BENCHMARKING AND STAKEHOLDERS' NEEDS FOR REPLICATION AND SCALING UP - PANEL DISCUSSION

  • JPI Urban Europe - Marc DIJK, Maastricht University and Leader of the SmarterLabs Project
  • ICLEI : Local Governments for Sustainability – Sustainable Cities Platform - Holger ROBRECHT, Deputy Regional Director
    Deputy Regional Director
  • EUROCITIES - Nikolaos KONTINAKIS, Senior Project Coordinator
  • European Energy Award - Chiara TAVELLA, Italian board member of EEA, SPES Consulting
  • Covenant of Mayors - Joanna ZIECINA, DG Energy - Internal Energy Market: Retail Markets, European Commission
  • ANEC - The European Consumer Voice in Standardisation - John KETCHELL
  • ECOS - European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation - Thomas WILLSON
  • ‘ESPRESSO’ - SystEmic Standardisation Approach to Empower Smart citieS and cOmmunities – Project in Horizon 2020 Programme - Bart DE LATHOUWER, Project Coordinator

For whom?

More than 80 persons participated in the conference and over 100 persons were following the webinar of the conference. These were representatives of local communities, city authorities, city professionals, representatives of smart cities projects, associations of cities, policy makers and regulators, regions, investors and governments, standardizers, societal stakeholders, and other interested parties.

Why?

Cities are not always fully aware of what standards can offer, as they may not be familiar with the value voluntary standards bring and how to get involved in the standardization system. This conference brought cities and standardizers together to debate on priorities and needs for cities in their journey to become smarter and more sustainable.

Therefore this event aimed to:

  • raise awareness and promote standardization among cities and citizens;
  • showcase and exchange cities’ best practices where standards play an important role;
  • find out how to replicate smart cities solutions;
  • collect expression of needs for further standardization development;
  • motivate decision-makers and investors.

The results of the debates are fed into the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities’ acting as advisory and coordinating body for European standardization activities in this field.


What?

In the realm of the 2017 World Standards Day theme ‘Standards make cities smarter’, the European Standardization Organizations organized an intensive one-day event with keynotes, case studies and panel discussions. The purpose was to explore the needs of and provide solutions for smart cities in their roll out of suitable infrastructures, services, systems, devices, equipment and much more.

Participants networked and were inspired by solutions that address the challenges of making cities smart and more sustainable, learned from existing projects about how standards already contribute to this goal in Europe, and discovered how standards can help in scaling up and replicating smart and sustainable cities’ solutions.