What is it?
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, banks, research centres and other smart city actors.
It has been designed for those who are active in the challenging area of Smart Cities and willing to know more about ongoing and foreseen activities throughout Europe. To this end, six action clusters have been established as assemblies of partners committing to work on specific issues, by sharing the knowledge and expertise with their peers, giving added-value to their national and local experience and identifying gaps that need to be fulfilled at European level.
The Action Clusters
They focus on specific issues related to smart cities, building on synergies to help efficient implementation and replication of commitments and solutions. They also explore new fields of activities and business models. The 6 Action Clusters are:
- Business Models, Finance and Procurement
- Citizen Focus
- Integrated Infrastructures & Processes (including Open Data)
- Policy & Regulations / Integrated Planning
- Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
- Sustainable Urban Mobility
The “Sustainable Districts and Built Environment” Action Cluster:
The main challenge in ‘Sustainable Districts and Built Environment’ is to reduce energy use, environmental impact and carbon footprint, entail competitive industries for jobs and growth and at the same time ensure societal and social development and the well-being of citizens. To do it, the investment needed is enormous.
The starting point of the actions is the building itself and the focus on using, combining and implementing on-the-market and near-to-market solutions. Not on reinventing the wheel, but cleverly combining and fine-tuning what is available to make it applicable at a large scale for existing as well as new buildings and districts.
To this end, two main Initiatives have been created:
The initiatives pool the work of the various partners around a particular objective, promoting learning beyond project and geographic borders and opening the results to the world at large. They also link up with other EU-funded projects, inviting the extended community into the EU-SCC Market Place and offering them a home to extend the dissemination of their results.
Get in contact with the Sustainable Districts and Built Environment Action Cluster at firstname.lastname@example.org