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Join a multi-level movement - Boost smart green solutions - Sustain the European way of living


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Presentation given by Cristina Martinez, European Commission, at Open & Agile Smart Cities' annual Connected Smart Cities & Communities Conference 2020 on 23 January in Brussels, Belgium

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Join a multi-level movement - Boost smart green solutions - Sustain the European way of living

  1. 1. Join a multi-level movement Boost smart green solutions Sustain the European way of living CRISTINA MARTINEZ, SMART MOBILITY AND LIVING DEPUTY HEAD OF UNIT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION OASC CONFERENCE, The Green Track 22 January 2020 @ConnectCitiesEU
  2. 2. Environment and sustainability challenges in Europe (SOER2020)
  3. 3. Besides, earth system interactions amplify -already serious- human impacts (climate cascade) Source: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  4. 4. Climate insights – from IPCC u Global Fossil & CO2 Emissions still growing, not peaking (t°records!) u The emissions gap (current ambition not enough) to a 1,5°C target u Climate impacts are hitting harder and sooner than climate assessments indicated even a decade ago (more efficient scientific models)
  5. 5. We are today on a 3°C path, that means a much less habitable earth u “We have 2 years to bend the emissions curve.” (Rockstrom, 2018) u “We think that several cryosphere tipping points are dangerously close, but mitigating greenhouse- gas emissions could still slow down the inevitable accumulation of impacts and help us to adapt (in Nature, 2019)” u “The question of survival of humankind, if, how long, how many, under which conditions, cannot be any longer excluded from a long-term policy exercise.” (IPBES report 2019)
  6. 6. No more business as usual for cities: u Priority: decrease GHG emissions in key sectors (mitigation); in particular energy management (especially in buildings) u Priority: evolve key urban sectors (food chain, mobility, bio-diversity, water and waste, etc.) u Priority: evidence-based urban policy-making for resilience (a new guiding principle?) and adaptation scenarios (because t° is increasing anyway) u Priority: support a new eco-social paradigm (beyond GDP), a new trans-sectoral approach …while managing everything else, incl. other crisis!
  7. 7. The desirable transformations into a sustainable society
  8. 8. New Commission priorities
  9. 9. The European Green Deal: a positive agenda for the Future of Europe u Climate/Environment/Just Transition u Policy areas: Clean energy; Sustainable industry; Building and renovating; Sustainable mobility; Biodiversity; From Farm to Fork; Eliminating pollution u Mainstreaming the EGD in all EU policies and more: Just Transition fund, National budgets, research and innovation, education and training, ‘do not harm’ – policy coherence at EU level, Global leadership, A European Climate Pact “The EU should also promote and invest in the necessary digital transformation and tools as these are essential enablers of the changes.” (pg.4 of the EGD COM)
  10. 10. A Europe fit for the Digital Age u Key strategic documents under preparation (Digital Strategy, Data Strategy, Industry Strategy) u Proposing a new vision for Digital Policy u Fostering Digital leadership in Europe u Technology and data sovereignty u But digital with a (green) purpose too!
  11. 11. The next societal model for urban communities u Doesn’t exist yet u A mix until a new (or various) societal model stabilize(s) u Glocalization trend (socio-economic processes) u Circular economy (or better, a regenerative model) to disconnect growth from the use of non-renewable resources u Consuming (much) less, at least in certain parts of the world, while generalizing and further developing prosperity u Creating new societal paradigms (e.g. place of human (vs machines?), human relations, etc.)
  12. 12. ICT technology in all this, friend or foe? u ICT= around 8-10% of electricity demand in EU + waste + rare earths usage u Acceleration of all other activities (CO2 impact!) u Digital is also competing on “emissions rights” and energy availability for other human activities u The rebound effect of digitalization (not well assessed) u Will artificial intelligence assist humanity to find a balance within planetary boundaries or increase self (machine)-interest? u Wise (sober) digitalization necessary
  13. 13. Digital with a (green) purpose u Solutions for ‘how’ questions and new win-wins often germinate at the interfaces rather than in the silos (humans/earth/machine). u Digital can support our transformation into the right “direction of travel” (EU Green deal): green ICT/ICT4green u IF with a compatible purpose u IF well framed u IF in response to citizens’ and stakeholders’ concerns u IF moving beyond technological innovation (tech-fix claims) u IF more naturally embedded into social, business model and governance innovation
  14. 14. Disruptive potential of ICT in cities u Empower smart communities and cities (to fast adopt a new and ‘safe operating system’) u While protecting the infrastructure (resilience)! u System optimization (efficiency, new processes, etc.) u Scalable services u Mitigation and adaptation strategies (modelling) u Incentivize change for people and the planet (new apps?, nudging new solutions, etc.)- A Climate Pact? u Implement and monitor regulation at the local level (monitor usage, share data, public oversight, etc.) u Help transition to a Regenerative Economy
  15. 15. DRAFT Using new EU instruments like HE, DEP for: u Helping cities to become carbon-neutral and smart u Sound digital foundation (Fmwk Reg., DUP and standards) ensuring data and technological sovereignty u Scaling up smart services for sustainability: Digital twins, SMaaS u Other measures (CNSC Mission, nudging apps, etc.) u Developing a green data economy u Common ‘EGD’ Data spaces u Green Services in support of EGD (mitigation/adaptation) u Transforming ICT into a circular industry u Regulatory mapping u Actions for energy-efficiency of Data centers u Other measures for ICT circularity
  16. 16. Role of governments “The local is the only universal, and as near an absolute as exists.” John Dewey, The public and its problems.
  17. 17. Support the Declaration!