More than half of the seven billion people on our planet live in cities and the trend towards urbanisation is gathering pace at an enormous rate. This has led to a drastic increase in urban energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions – almost two thirds of global energy is consumed in urban environments. The development of sustainable and energy-efficient “smart cities” is expected to move the energy system towards a more sustainable path. This will require an integrated systems view as well as innovative, intelligent approaches to the design and operation of urban energy systems. The Joint Programme on Smart Cities aims to develop new scientific methods, concepts and tools designed to support European cities in their transformation into smart cities. The key focus is on large-scale integration of renewable energies and enhanced energy efficiency, enabled through smart energy management at city level.
The key areas of tomorrow’s smart cities are reflected in the four sub-programmes
- Energy in Cities takes an integrated approach towards urban energy planning and transformation processes.
- Urban Energy Networks concentrates on the intelligent planning, design and operation of thermal and electrical networks in cities.
- Energy-efficient Interactive Buildings focuses on sustainable buildings as interactive elements of the urban energy system.
- Urban City-related Supply Technologies addresses renewable supply technologies and their integration into the urban infrastructure.