We continue to do reserch on smart cities in Europe, after having examined five very prominent cases in three different continents around the world. Now we are going to examine how is the governance approach in Europe. Who is who in the smart city governance? We are at a learning stage, and we welcome any comment or ideas. For us this is still unexplored, and then such an interesting theme!
Lets start with the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform, initiated by the European Commission (http://eu-smartcities.eu/) with a dual aim:
- identifying and spreading relevant information on technology solutions and needs required by practitioners and
- providing information for policy support to the High Level Group and the European Commission.
It is both a web-based and physical Platform open to anyone who registers on it. Backbone is the contributions by stakeholders in a bottom-up way, owned by the stakeholders.
The Platform is one of the two governance bodies of the Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (EIP).
The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform project is an initiative of the European Commission (DG ENERGY), in close cooperation with the Covenant of Mayors and the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform consortium —where we have not founded agencies from Spain involved so far.
The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform consortium is integrated by a communications agency based in Brussels, GOPA-Cartermill, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) based in Brussels: CEPS, ECN, a company from the Netherlands developing high-quality knowledge and technology for the transition to sustainable energy management (ECN); the University of Manchester, the The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe based in Hungary, REC and FRAUNHOFER, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, with efforts geared to people’s needs focusing on health, security, communication, energy and the environment. Actually, the Hospital Engineering Laboratory has recently opened at Fraunhofer’s inHaus Center in Duisburg –on July 18, 2013 — This laboratory brings together four Fraunhofer Institutes and over 60 partner companies to develop and test solutions that explore their vision of the hospital of the future. It seems a very interesting place to be present for the Spanish hospital and health sector, indeed. What do you think?
The Working Groups
The Platform has set up three thematic Technical Working Groups, each dedicated to one technology area (Transport & Mobility; Energy Supply & Networks; Energy Efficiency & Buildings and ICT) and two horizontal Coordination Groups (Finance and Roadmap Groups).
A fourth thematic Working Group on ICT has been added in spring 2013. The Technical WGs review and rate the submitted Solution Proposals (SPs) with a view of grouping them as Keys to Innovation (KIs). Results are visible for all stakeholders.
Any comments on this post? Any comments on the governance bodies of the smart initiatives?