Successful conference in Brussels: Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe

On 25th June 2013, around 80 participants from municipalities, public authorities and other institutions like housing companies and energy agencies met for the ‘Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe’ event in Brussels. The event was organised jointly by the partners from the European projects ‘SMARTSPACES – Saving Energy in Europe’s Public Buildings Using ICT’, ‘BECA - Balanced European Conservation Approach – ICT services for resource saving in social housing’ and ‘eSESH - Saving Energy in Social Housing with ICT’ together with Energy Cities and EuroCities as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013 High Level Policy Conference.

During the session, three Smart City and Smart Housing approaches and tools for the measurement of the success of ICT-based energy efficiency services were presented. These included a cost-benefit tool for the development of business plans for service providers and other stakeholders and a tool based on a common methodology for energy consumption and savings measurements. The latter uses data from a baseline period prior to service introduction and compares this to data from an operation phase using the degree-day correction methodology to make different periods of time comparable. Furthermore, a panel discussion following the question “ICT-based services for Energy Efficiency - what are the true potentials for municipalities, the public sector and housing companies?” stimulated exchange and discussion on conditions, ideal environments and experiences from successful pilot projects offering and operating low-cost energy efficiency services to quickly deploy ICT solutions with the potential to save 10-20% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

All presentation including background material can be downloaded here.

Single presentations can be downloaded at: http://eusew-conference.eu/presentations/