Smart Cities and Mobility
The topic area promotes governance for sustainability and facilitates the transition towards a green economy through a specific focus on "Smart Cities and Mobility" by delivering high quality information services and products that relate to sustainable urban mobility (e.g. CIVITAS, European Mobility Week, urban mobility planning); smart measures and innovative energy solutions (e.g. car-sharing, peri-urban transport services, know-how exchange platforms) including serving as the Secretariat for The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) called InnoEnergy, and supporting its outreach and take up activities in the new EU Member States, and beyond.
The provision of environmental information has been a hallmark of the REC since its foundation. Today, the REC applies this expertise and experience to assist in greening the economy by encouraging the development of smart cities and sustainable mobility, mainly through the promotion of cleaner and better transport in cities. This often involves publishing newsletters; hosting question and answer information services; and delivering specific project-based resources (good practice guides, translated materials, experience exchange seminars, web portals, wiki databases and PR campaigns). However, we are no strangers to feasibility studies, user-needs analyses and multi-country surveys. These may be targeted towards different audiences and thematic issues (e.g. energy, transport, and smart cities) and will in turn be used to help raise awareness
The topic area produces bespoke project websites, promotional leaflets and newsletters. It is also capable of producing market surveys and reports. Language is not a problem, since besides its own linguistic diversity the team relies on a wide network of consulting experts across the region who can rapidly deliver materials in any variety of EU and accession/candidate country languages.
At the same time, documenting case studies and best practices and sharing them in practical terms through workshops and seminars is a well-known means of empowering administrative officials in the use of methodologies, toolkits and technologies to provide information.
These activities are at the core of the topic area's quest to promote sustainable urban mobility.