H2020 Proposal Group Meets in Trondheim
Dr William Hynes was in Trondheim, Norway last week to discuss a proposal for a Horizon 2020 project in response to a call from the EC under the Pillar ‘Societal Challenges’.
The proposal includes partners from several cities across Europe, who hope to collaborate on research that will aid the transition towards a low carbon and resource efficient economy. Currently, three- quarters of the EU population lives in urban areas, using 70% of the total energy.
Quality of city life and the attractiveness of cities as environments for learning, innovation, doing business and job creation are now key parameters for success in the global competition for talent, growth and investments.
Key challenges for ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’ are to provide solutions to significantly increase the overall energy and resource efficiency of cities by addressing the building stock, energy systems, mobility, climate change, water and air quality to effect profound economic, social and environmental impacts, resulting in a better quality of life, jobs and growth.
The focus area of the call aims to bring together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that will lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope will include the creation of urban spaces powered by clean energy, smart electromobility, smart tools and services, nature-based innovations and economic viability.