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Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform

Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform is a new European Initiative. Contributing to the goals of the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan), the platform brings together local stakeholders to identify and review technological solutions which help making European cities smarter by deploying innovative technologies in sectors such as mobility, buildings and energy networks. By now, more than 150 such solutions were shared on the Platform. Through the platform it is possible to directly contact the solution providers. In this article 2 distinct solutions in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable public transport are highlighted.

SchoolVentCool project to make school buildings more energy efficient

Mr. Marc van Praet from the Antwerp Autonomous City Company for Education tells about the SchoolVentCool project, a current Eracobuild project including Belgian, Austrian, Danish and Swiss partners in school management, architecture and research and development. Van Praet: ‘It is impossible to reach the EU 2020 targets if we would only engage us to build energy efficient new schools. It would be too expensive. Renovating schools in a traditional way would also mean moving entire school populations for the time of the process which is costly and educationally very negative. The SchoolVentCool project  has lead to new insights in technological possibilities for the use of prefabricated modules including integrated ventilation and cooling systems. There are already a few pilots of modular prefabricated retrofit of school buildings (Grebenzen Austria, Buchloe Germany) and existing examples of good practice in Master Planning of large school building stock towards EU 2020 standards (Antwerp).’ More detailed information can be found on the schoolventcool-website.


Providing an intermodal mobility chain for older people and people with special needs

Ms. Nina Reichwaldt from Braunschweiger Informatik- und Technologie-Zentrum (BITZ)  tells about the project SIMBA, that focuses on the improvement of mobility in existing infrastructure. Reichwaldt: ‘due to the demographic change the proportion of younger and older people in our society will change. This leads to the situation that more and more elderly people won’t have personal assistance in any aspects of life; including mobility. Furthermore the number of people who own a driver license is increasing, which means there is an increasing number of people who have a choice to use the car instead of public transport. This situation brings new challenges for providers of public transport. If they want to keep their service attractive to older people, they have to offer their service in adoption to the needs of this user group. This means the build up of accessible infrastructure, which has been done in some places already. The project has already been tested in the city of Braunschweig.’ More information and contact details can be found on the stakeholder platform.

The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform Annual Conference will take place on the 5th and 6th of June 2013 in Budapest. Please visit the platform for more information.