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17 February 2021 - Issue #78

COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY 

On 28 January it was Global Community Engagement Day. To celebrate the occasion, show our appreciation and to give more voice to our growing community, we enacted a call for active projects which encapsulate the spirit of collaboration and community.  We hope that the projects featured in this edition of our newsletter give you inspiration and ideas!  For further guidance along any step of the way during your project (ideation, financing, procurement, etc.), please do not hesitate to reach out.   

In addition to the projects from our community, we also feature a blog post packed with great resources related to hydrogen, opportunities and events for networking, financing and knowledge exchange, as well as our platform spotlight welcoming our new members to our growing community.  Enjoy!  

Featured Projects 
4 phone screens with an app for local data

City of SalzburgData4City 
The D4C project was launched at the end of 2017. It uses the ‘hyperlocal’ approach to develop a city data platform that can translate citizen needs into concrete services. Project partners include Spectos GmbH, and the KNOWLEDGE ARCHITECTURE LABORATORY at TU Dresden. The data platform and interactive app is constructed from active community participation with over 100 participants in the survey.  

Book cover - Rethinking mobility poverty - understanding users# geographies backgrounds and aptitudes

European Passenger Federation 
As a follow-up to the HiReach project, the project team has published a book - Re-thinking Mobility Poverty – Understanding Users’ Geographies, Backgrounds and Aptitudes!  

The book seeks to better conceptualise and define mobility poverty, addressing both its geographies and socio-economic landscapes. It moves beyond the analysis of ‘transport poverty’ and innovatively explores mobility inequalities and social construction of mobility disadvantages.

Find out more about the European Passenger Federation on the BABLE platform and watch the conclusion of another exciting project, "A journey of innovating mobility together"!  

 

Zero Carbon Target (Reduction - Certification - Growth)

Energia Europa 
The Zero Carbon Target Program is the new international program engineered to support the development of an effective process for CO2 emissions reduction, aimed at obtaining the prestigious Zero Carbon Target certification.

In addition, Energia Europa signed a contract with the municipality of Madrid and other partners for the implementation of a wide scope energy efficiency project which involves the installation of the E-Power devices in about 40 public sites managed by the municipality.  The installation of E-Power in the public buildings supports the public interests and community in Madrid and helps to meet the goals of greater energy efficiency.  To find out more about Energia Europa, find them as active members on our platform! 

Blog Post 
A full moon rises over mountain ridges
A Moonshot - Hydrogen in Europe - Things you need to know!  
Is clean hydrogen a perfect means towards our goal of climate neutrality? 
There is currently a great momentum towards hydrogen and the European Union has hydrogen very high on its agenda. The development of alternative fuels, including hydrogen, was already strongly supported by the EU Green Deal and further developed into concrete plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen. Learn more about this rising star in the energy arena and find tons of resources in this new blog article!  
Opportunities and Events 
An intersection from above - Smart City Officer Training
TÜV SÜD AKADEMIE SMART CITY OFFICER TRAINING
NEW addition: COVID-19 Use Cases

24-25 February 2021 (AUF DEUTSCH)
How can a city provide its residents with a liveable, sustainable and innovation-oriented environment? This is just one of the questions that we will discuss in the next edition of the Smart City officer course that we are offering with TÜV SÜD Akademie. Don't miss the opportunity to sign up!
REGIOSTARS 2021 [APPLY NOW] #REGIOSTARS
REGIOSTARS AWARDS 2021 
Deadline: 9 May 2021

Each year hundreds of EU-funded projects compete in five categories: Smart Europe, Green Europe, Fair Europe, Urban Europe, and the topic of the year (this year - 'Enhancing green mobility in the regions!'). The public can participate by voting for their favourite project among all finalists for the public choice award.  Apply now!
Photo of London with text: London & Partners Open Innovation Fellowship - Harness disruptive technology with open innovation
OPEN INNOVATION SERIES
4 March 2021, 17:30 - 18:30 CET 

Forming partnerships through open innovation can be a vital tool to enable transformation and harness innovative solutions to new, and old, challenges. London & Partners brings together senior leaders in innovation for a series that explores the opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and sustainable growth in 2021. Find out more and register for free! 
Building Circularity Webinar Series - Get up to speed on latest tools and initiatives for a more circular building industry
BUILDING CIRCULARITY WEBINAR SERIES 
Every Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 CET 

An integral element of the transition to a low carbon society is rethinking how we manage waste. It is crucial that we move away from the traditional linear thinking of take, use and dispose, towards a circular model where building materials are reused and repurposed. This webinar series explores the latest tools and initiatives available for achieving resource efficiency, circularity and zero waste.
Platform Spotlight 
Diverse hands alternating on a wood table
NEW MEMBER WELCOME
Our community is growing! We are happy to welcome new cities and companies to our Smart City Community who have recently joined BABLE: 
Our community includes members from across the EU and the globe. There are many benefits of joining BABLE - explore them in more detail here: for companies / for cities
 
Did you know that you can also find all content on BABLE in German? On the BABLE platform, just scroll down to the end of the page to find this language option.
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