The city of Brussels hosted last 8th of May the The Smart City Guidance Package: the way forward! event. Under the framework of the “From Planning to Implementation and Upscaling of Smart City Projects” initiative, the main goal of the meeting was to launch the Smart City Guidance Package (SCGP), which aims to provide cities, communities and non-governmental actors with the support needed to plan and manage smart city projects.
Project leaders, public authorities, commission members and city representatives shared their thoughts on energy efficiency strategies, emissions reduction approaches or smart city policies, for example, so as to offer urban stakeholders the necessary guidelines and inspiration to start developing their own smart city projects. Cities of San Sebastian, Florence and Bristol have contributed with some of their experiences to the Guide document.
After the opening session in the morning, different representatives introduced the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities and Action Cluster Integrated Planning, Policy Regulation, and highlighted the role of the fellow cities. A panel discussion was celebrated on challenges for fellow cities in integrated planning and implementation between the cities of Santa Cruz, Parma, Brno, Sofia and Vaasa. During the morning the Smart City Guidance Package was also presented together with other initiatives.
Fomento San Sebastián (coordinator of Replicate project), shared experiences on the plenary session about Innovative approaches to integrated planning and implementation of smart city solutions with the Lighthouse projects of Remourban and Ruggedised in order to offer real life examples. City of Florence was facilitating the ‘Decision and Commitment’ interactive session organized together to other main topics related to the Integrated Planning and Implementation.
Replicate project, co-financed by the H2020 programme contract number 691735 (SCC1 European Call for Smart Cities and Communities) presented the main implementations carried out in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and ICTs/Infrastructures in the cities of San Sebastian, Florence and Bristol. Reccomendations about scale up and replication were shared with the audience and different experiences were exchanged.