Albert Engels, coordinator of the RUGGEDISED project gave an interview to gdansk.pl, focusing on benefits of cooperation among cities engaged in the project. Rise of technology, rapid economic change and growing population are new challenges our cities are facing.
Albert Engels - photo G. Mehring / gdansk.pl
G. Mehring / gdansk.pl
A few excerpts from the intereview:
- Climate change and unsustainability of oil energy is a big challenge for cities. There will be a major change soon, so cities need to work on solutions now. Ruggedised project time horizon is 2021 - it is time for our cities to look for new solutions.
- It is hard to imagine a smart city without cooperation among many different partners: other cities, universities, business. Only cross-sectoral cooperation may help find solutions for more sustainable cities.
- Energy efficiency is one the most important, horizontal challenges for cities. We need a “bottom-up” approach to identify problems and look for solutions. Pan-european initiatives like Horizon 2020 may help cities tackle with issues.
- We need a new approach to energy efficiency and look for new sources of energy. Rotterdam has been currently researching heat recovery from tarmac and sewage heat recovery.
- Follower city partners in the project - Gdańsk, Parma and Brno - may gain know-how and use project to share and exchange experiences.
Read more (in Polish): https://www.gdansk.pl/wiadomosci/projekt-ruggedised-zmiany-dla-lepszej-przyszlosci-planety-rozpoczynaja-sie-w-miastach-rozmowa,a,129648
RUGGEDISED is a smart city project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It brings together three lighthouse cities: Rotterdam, Glasgow and Umeå and three follower cities: Brno, Gdansk and Parma to test, implement and accelerate the smart city model across Europe. Working in partnership with businesses and research centres these six cities will demonstrate how to combine ICT, e-mobility and energy solutions to design smart, resilient cities for all.
Read more: http://www.ruggedised.eu/