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Dublin Promotes European Green Capital Award

10 March 2011

Dublin will promote the European Green Capital Award when the city hosts the inaugural Smart Cities Conference to examine how Irish cities and regions can join the ranks of Europe’s most economically successful and sustainable cities. The Conference will take place at Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin City on the 7th April 2011 and delegates from the EU are welcome.

If cities are to flourish economically, city dwellers must have a clean and healthy urban environment. The Smart City can enhance the lives of citizens, encourage business to invest and create a sustainable urban environment. A Smart City can be a Green City.

The European Green Capital Award is an initiative of the European Commission to promote sustainable urban living in terms of eleven environmental indicators i.e. climate change, sustainable mobility, green urban areas, sustainable land use, biodiversity, air, noise, water supply, wastewater treatment, waste management and environmental management systems. The European Green Capital winning cities in 2010 and 2011 are Stockholm and Hamburg respectively. As the growth engine of national economies, cities are increasingly challenged to improve their competitiveness.

Key topics for discussion at Smart Cities 2011 Conference:

  • Smart Cities driving competitiveness, innovation & growth – prioritising investment in our cities to secure sustainable economic growth
  • Winning cities as role models for sustainable living – lessons Ireland can learn
  • Case studies – Amsterdam Smart City & the work of An tSl� Ghlas – The Green Way – Ireland’s first urban cleantech cluster
  • Smart City infrastructure and technology – practical examples of the technologies that need to be in place to support energy, network communications, water, transport, buildings and city services
  • Financing Smart Cities – with cities being responsible for 70% of global emissions, what smart policies are required to stimulate the private finance necessary to enable the rapid scale-up of the technologies-led clean revolution
  • Opportunities & challenges for Ireland’s cities – how should government approach the development of smart cities?
  • What leadership and governance structures do we need? Hurdles to overcome?

Who Should Attend?

  • CEOs/Directors/Senior Managers in local government – planning, urban development, infrastructure/transport, ICT, sustainability
  • Relevant policy-makers & advisors in national and local government
  • Large users of energy
  • CEOs/Directors, CIOs/Heads of Sustainability in key industries such as electricity, water, transport
  • Utilities – Senior decision-makers in energy/telecoms/broadband
  • ICT industries
  • Engineering/Environmental/Economic/Management Consultants
  • Financiers/Investors

For more information and to register to attend click here