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Transform and the Decision Support Environment in Polis Magazine

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Cities need detailed data and information in order to develop and realize their energy and emission targets. Thereby a deep understanding of the complexity of decision making is necessary to increase the speed and quality of the energy transition and to translate decisions into actions. Therefore Amsterdam uses the Decision Support Environment as developed by AIT, Accenture and Macomi within the Transform project. An article in Polis Magazine highlights how and why Amsterdam uses the DSE and the opportunities using the DSE brings for other cities.

The article can be found here: Amsterdam Becoming A Smart City.

Transforming Amsterdam’s Smart Energy Mix

Nestled in the southwest of Amsterdam sits one of the most advanced stadiums in the world. The ArenA stadium, when opened in 1996, was placed  in the middle of one of the city’s most disadvantaged areas–Amsterdam Zuid-Oost. Through a huge urban renewal programme which began in the 1990s and 2000s the area now features a successful mix of office, retail, residential and industry. The district at large has further developed its smart city status and skills by becoming a smart urban lab where it is helping transform the city into a low-carbon and smart energy city.

Capture3Amsterdam is one of six cities that form the European Commission in TRANSFORM project. Together with Copenhagen, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon and  Vienna , Amsterdam has worked, since the start of 2013,  alongside 13 private sector partners and knowledge institutions  that have made up the consortium. The consortium aims to help the cities achieve their energy and climate targets–in particular the EU 20-20-20 energy targets of lowering carbon emissions by 20 percent, increasing renewable energy sources by 20 percent and increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent.

Click HERE to read the full article, as appeared on cities-today. Find out about the development of the TRANSFROM tool, that helps cities in their decision making processes towards becoming a smart city and read about the key outcomes of the TRANSFORM Project in Amsterdam.

 

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TRANSFORM Masterclass Copenhagen – Sharing knowledge and setting the example

On Wednesday, April 29th, the City of Copenhagen hosted a TRANSFORM Masterclass, inviting green cities in Denmark to share knowledge and discuss the concept of Smart Energy City.

IMG_1477The EU project ‘TRANSFORM’ has given Copenhagen a unique insight into how we, as different countries and cities, can work with Smart Energy City as a tool for realizing EU’s 20-20-20 targets. Project results shared between the different TRANSFORM cities make a foundation for how we collectively can move towards becoming greener, smarter cities holding a more sustainable future.

At the City of Copenhagen we want to share the work on smart energy city, not only with other countries, but also with the rest of Denmark. With this in mind, we invited representatives from Albertslund and Allerød, two relatively small Danish municipalities who are also Green Cities, for a TRANSFORM Masterclass centering on sharing our experiences from the TRANSFORM project and discussing the possibility of using Smart City as a tool for their own development.

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TRANSFORM Masterclass in Genoa

On May 5th, at the Biblioteca Berio’s Sala dei Chierici, in Genoa, a Masterclass devoted to the European Project TRANSFORM – TRANSFORMation Agenda for Low Carbon Cities was held.

IMG_4351 The project, to which Genoa took part together with Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Wien and Lyon, aimed to identify a method toward the trasformation of the city in a Smart City, also through the compilation of a Handbook, an interactive tool useful in understanding the possibilities and difficulties of the process.

All the interested Italian cities who have already began the process of transformation into Smart Cities had been invited to the Masterclass. The methodologies developed and the “best practices” learned during the process were be illustrated through concrete examples and interactive workshops.

Genoa’s Smart City Alderman, Emanuele Piazza, and the President of the National Smart City Observatory, Francesco Profumo, will be present, together with representatives from the University of Genoa, ENEL and IRE.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding

new-MOUThe aim of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon and Vienna is to build upon the results from the successful partnership in the TRANSFORM project, to strengthen the cooperation in implementation of the Urban Transformation Agenda, and to acknowledge the pivotal role that cities play in reducing C02 emissions and realising EU 20-20-20 targets on climate and energy.

TRANSFORM team proudly announces, that the Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Smart City Event in Amsterdam in 3rd June, 2015, right after the introduction speech by the Alderman  of the City of Amsterdam Abdeluheb Choho. His signature on the MoU is accompanied by the Vice Chairman of City of Lyon Karin Dognin Sauze, Alderman Urban Planning of City of Genoa Stefano Bernini, The Director of Technical and Environmental Department of City of Genoa and Representatives on behalf of the City of Hamburg and the City of Vienna.

The Memorandum of Understanding (the signed version as well as a cartoon version drawn by Bas Kohler) could be accessed here.

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Amsterdam Sustainable Agenda

The Amsterdam College of Mayor and Alderpersons has outlined new plans to increase the pace of improving sustainability in the Dutch capital.

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As part of the new motion, the number of households using locally-generated sustainable electricity needs to have increased by at least 92,000 by 2020. Concrete plans have been drawn up for energy saving efforts and accelerating the process of connecting existing houses to district heating systems. The construction market will be challenged to build greener properties. Air quality in the city will be improved through continued efforts to encourage the use of electric transport, by stimulating smart distribution processes and extending low emission zones to include more types of vehicles. During the current council term, work will be conducted at 111 schools to make them greener and healthier places to work. These measures are outlined in the Sustainability Agenda (Agenda Duurzaamheid), agreed upon by the city council on 11 March 2015.

Amsterdam embraces the notion of a circular economy and is keen to become an attractive location for innovative companies to set up shop: businesses with production processes that only produce useful raw materials instead of waste. In implementing the plans, the College will focus primarily on initiatives and projects that can be quickly rolled out on a larger scale. Alderperson for Sustainability Abdeluheb Choho: “Amsterdam is constantly growing and as such, we need to ensure that the city becomes stronger, healthier and more liveable. We’re looking to take the lead from Amsterdammers, organisations and businesses that are already demonstrating that sustainability has both financial and social benefits.” The College also envisages rapidly improving sustainability within the municipal organisation itself.

The Sustainability Agenda was agreed upon by the city council on 11 March 2015.

If you seek for more information about the Sustainable Agenda, click here or on the website of City of Amsterdam (in Dutch). You may also download the English version of the Sustainable Agenda of Amsterdam from TRANSFORM website under Downloads.

Webinar “Driving Smart City Parking Solutions” with Siemens & Intel

Webinar on March 12th 2015, 16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.08.54Join Marcus Zwick, Head of Siemens Mobility Innovations, and Jochen Glaser, Head of Intel Software & Services EMEA,  discussed the Siemens Integrated Smart Parking Solution and how Intel could support the end-to-end solution with IoT & API management technology.

Learn how innovative smart city technology can benefit city authorities, technology partners and citizens alike with new business models.

This webinar covered:

  • Traffic reduction through smarter navigation
  • Statistical and real-time information on parking vacancies
  • Retail-sponsored parking initiatives
  • Automated parking payment
  • Increased safety through parking violation detection
  • And many more opportunities enabled by Siemens and Intel IoT & API management

Follow the webinar here.

 TRANSFORM goes GLOBAL

This title is the ambition of the people working behind the EU project: TRANSFORM.

It sounds so well due to several reasons: first of all it represents the motivation of the professionals working in this project from all TRANSFORM Cities, and secondly because transforming alone is not enough. The challenge is to transform together to make a true imSlide1pact that is needed to transform towards a low carbon economy.

Imagine this title as a reality, in a headline of an article in the newspapers of specialist magazine. Isn’t it great? It will draw smiles on the TRANSFORMERS faces. It will do, because this program required a lot of work for more than 2 years.

TRANSFORM chases a big and good cause; We want to transform cities into low carbon energy cities. We want to build a better future.

The TRANSFORM Program went global at an Accenture webinar attended by 150 people from 40 countries, all of them interested in the program and willingness to learn what is THE SMART WAY TO BECOME A LOW CARBON ENERGY CITY. The presentation used during this meeting, which is available in this link.

The webinar contained the following elements:

  • The global context showing that sustainability is a necessity and on the agenda of governments, cities, media and communities worldwide.
  • An introduction about the structure and workstreams of the program
  • The functioning of the tool that has been developed for smart energy planning and is called “Decision Support Environment” (DSE). The Smart Urban Labs in Amsterdam Zuid Oost where the DSE has been applied.

The TRANSFORM program, its approach and the DSE were valued, and participants saw opportunities to use them in other cities. The discussions afterwards gave a good basis for further transformation!

We are not only dreaming with the possibility of transforming things. We are doing something better… we are working on it.

Joost Brinkman
Joost Brinkman
Lead sustainability Services Benelux
Accenture