A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles.
Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being transformed for the better by savvy young upstarts: the taxi industry by Uber, for instance, and even bus services by on-demand provider Bridj in parts of Sydney.
Read more : Disruption ahead: personal mobility is breaking down old transport divides
How do we manage this rapidly evolving
Webinar: Financing Building Renovation, 8th of April 2019
Many project promoters lack the skills and capacity to set up, implement and finance ambitious low-energy and clean energy building projects. This is why the European Commission has set up several tools to help project promoters finance the energy refurbishment of buildings. Our ManagEnergy and FEDARENE webinar will focus on two of them: Project Development Assistance (PDA) and Home Renovation Services, both funded under Horizon 2020.
Project Development Assistance (PDA) supports all activities necessary
Townsville floods show cities that don't adapt to risks face disaster
A flood-ravaged Townsville has captured public attention, highlighting the vulnerability of many of our cities to flooding. The extraordinary amount of rain is just one aspect of the disaster in Queensland’s third-biggest city. The flooding, increasing urban density, the management of the Ross River Dam, and the difficulties of dealing with byzantine insurance regulations have left the community with many questions about their future.
These questions won’t be resolved until we enhance the resilience
[Podcast] City Dashboards for Micromobility with Regina Clewlow of Populus
On today’s episode, Oliver talks with Regina Clewlow (@reginaclewlow), CEO of Populus.ai about her insights gained from building micromobility data dashboards for city officials. We discuss what matters to cities, and why the rise of micromobility data will drive the changes in streetscapes across the world.
We also discuss:
The new data standards emerging for operators in cities, and how this will help both operators and cities better manage fleets, and cities to develop more appropriate infrastruc
Energy's got game
Energy, gamification, game, energy efficiency25/03/19 15:24Alessandra Barbieri
Energy's got game
Saving the planet can mean saving money and having fun. This is not wishful thinking but a reality that is happening with gamification all over the world
Playing games could be a solution to saving energy. Using energy more efficiently is, of course, a crucial part of fighting climate change, since oil and fossil fuels continue to be the most important energy source in the world, including Europe.
Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in
The Future Envelope 12 - Conference on Building Envelopes
New design tool and approaches, and innovative construction methods are enabling architects and engineers to conceive and develop increasingly complex and daring building envelopes. This process is rapidly reshaping our built environment, and transforming the concept of building envelope itself, which is no longer a passive and static element that only separates the indoor environment from the outdoor world. In this fast changing context, one of the major issues is the evaluation of the performances
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
Italy, renovation, retrofitting, energy efficiency22/03/19 11:56Silvia Raimondi
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
The Italian city has recently become a model smart city by implementing a broad plan ranging from urban development to mobility and new tourism management
When you hear Uffizi, Accademia and David what do you think about? Florence, for sure. For its old history, breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture. However, it is also a city projected into the future: the second smart city of Italy according to the last annual ICity Rate report, because of its “cultural attractiveness and digital
Parametric models for buildings and building clusters: Building features and boundaries
Already today buildings can be realised in the nearly zero and plus energy standard. These buildings achieve extremely low energy demands and low CO2 emissions and can be operated economically. For this reason, the motivation in the CRAVEzero project is not only based on the energy characteristics of buildings, but also on their life-cycle costs. However, the broad market deployment of these buildings is progressing very slowly so far, as methods and processes for the cost-optimal integration of
Competition for local renewable energy production in the islands
The European Commission is launching the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize, which is dedicated to islands with innovative and sustainable local renewable energy production for use in electricity, heating, cooling and transport. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Islands are perfect test labs for the deployment of innovative energy technologies. I hope this new prize will encourage many islands and other small communities to re-think the way they
Innovating financing schemes: 5 handbooks to help cities improve energy performance
To complement their peer-learning initiative, the PROSPECT programme has released 5 thematic handbooks (tackling Public buildings, Private buildings, Transport, Public lightning and Cross-sectoral initiatives) aimed at referencing and explaining innovative financing schemes for cities’ sustainable energy and climate plans.
This set of publications reference funding methods from public institutions, the private sector but also from the civil society (e.g. crowdfunding). They include detailed features
The URBAN FUTURE global conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. It’s the place to meet the most passionate and inspiring CityChangers from all over the world.
Cities are key to a sustainable future of our planet. Massive changes are necessary to fight climate change and social inequalities. So far, much is talked about technological solutions.
We believe, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change.
The URBAN FUTURE
EIT Climate-KIC announces partnership with Silicon Valley innovation hub
EIT Climate-KIC has announced its partnership with cleantech innovation hub, Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV). This strategic partnership will build an alliance between California and Europe and help address climate change through innovation and entrepreneurship. Both organizations are committed to this effort by supporting innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through clean power generation, energy storage and energy efficiency.
Neil Walmsley, Business Development and Partnerships Lead
Achieve better buildings : passive house conference
3 and 4 May 2019 at Stadthalle Heidelberg
Look forward to two days of inspiring lectures, workshops, an accompanying exhibition and extensive networking opportunities! And all this in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany!
Look forward to lectures and workshops on current topics such as cooling and dehumidification, retrofits, tools, airtightness and much more!New formats, such as an interactive exchange of experiences among planners in the form of a Passive
[Podcast] Regulating Micromobility - A Panel from the recent Micromobility Summit
In this episod, Oliver runs over recent news in the scooter/micromobility space with Michal Naka (@michalnaka) and we release the government regualtor panel from the recent Micromobility California Summit talking about the experiences from LA, Portland, Oakland and Claremont in regulating scooter operators.
In the news section, we discuss: - The emergence of Grin in South America, and what this means for scooters in Latam.- Lime's recent $310m raise and how this reflects the consolidation of the
Cohousing is an inclusive approach to smart, sustainable cities
Construction21 is a collaborative platform dedicated to building professionals, to help them discover and develop new ways of sustainable building. Initially developed with the support of European Union (IEE project), Construction21 platforms are managed by non-profit and academic organizations closely linked to building sector in each country.