The Cork Smart Gateway was delighted to have the opportunity to represent Cork and the Growsmarter Project during EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Office, Brussels in June 2017. This session featured representatives from nine Horizon 2020 smart city and community projects and focused on sharing experiences on how local authorities, citizens and industry partners can work together on smart city development and help drive the transition towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.
Cork participated in two events during EUSEW. The European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) and Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI) held a session entitled ‘the role of follower cities in replication: expanding Smart Cities around Europe’. Claire Davis, Cork Smart Gateway spoke about Cork’s Smart Agenda and reflected on Cork City Council’s experience as a follower city in the Growsmarter Project, highlighting Cork’s smart replication activities.
Following this event, Cork was also represented at a panel session at the ‘Smarter is cleaner, lessons learned from the SCC1 smart city projects’ event. The role of the panel was to reflect on a number of smart grid solutions that had been implemented in Manchester, Stockholm and Milan.