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Annelies Van der Stoep, Strategic advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Do you know anyone who's going to make their home much more energy efficient?

We're about to open up a second round for the European funds for highly ambitious retrofit of residential buildings.

So do you know anyone who's retrofitting (at least a high Energy Label A), let us know, so we can make sure he get's the right info to apply!

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Self-sufficient Pampus

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Reusing batteries could offer households and businesses throughout the Netherlands an affordable form of energy storage.

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Anonymous posted

Amsterdam as an example for thousands of course members worldwide

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This week about 7.000 participants from 163 countries start with a free online course about sustainable city development and Amsterdam serves as an example.

In seven weeks challenges that the Amsterdam metropolitan area face are deepened and solutions are sought to keep Amsterdam and other cities sustainable. With this MOOC (massive open online course) AMS Institute shares her knowledge and connects students worldwide around the theme ‘Cities of the future’.

Metropolitan challenges and solutions Cities take up less than 3 percent of the earth’s land surface, but more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and that share is expected to increase. Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges. This MOOC shows what the challenges are and offers solutions that course members can use in their own region.

100 teams, 100 local issues After participants signed up they can start to form a team and start thinking about solutions for issues in their own city or region. With the 100 x 100 Challenge the program puts 100 teams to work on local issues. Before the start of the course 38 teams are already formed, from Osaka to Lima and from a collection of cities in Nigeria to India. So Amsterdam is not the only topic of this course, but there are also a lot of other areas. Simultaneously this will provide an overview of local issues worldwide.

Cooperation between universities This free course forms a part of the educational programme of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and is developed by Wageningen UR and TU Delft, two of the founding universities of AMS Institute. But also other people that are interested in urban development can benefit from the knowledge, inspiration and an international network of the course. The first course members start on 26 January 2016, but you can also start later because the course is given online. A specific pre-education is not necessary. You can directly apply on the website edX.

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<https://www.edx.org/course/sustainable-urban-development-discover-delftx-wageningenx-ams-urb-1x>

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Anonymous posted

Apply now for Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living Amsterdam

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Start your startup great! Applications close in 12 days

Startupbootcamp is the number 1 accelerator in Europe. Startupbootcamp will innovate the Smart City &Living ecosystem by providing the most promising startups in the "SmartCity & Living space". This means that we'll realize together with the selected startups in 3 months what normally will take you 18 months. Sounds impossible... have a look at what our 200 startup alumni have to say about us. Over the 3-6 month program, 10 selected high potential startups will accelerate their companies with the help of our team of world class entrepreneurs which include :

> founders of SBC Global and serial entrepreneurs Patrick de Zeeuw, Ruud Hendriks & Marc Wesselink> 150+ mentors from startups & companies likeNest, Tesla, Cisco, IBM, Booking.com, Thales, Vodafone, Alliander, Eneco,Amazon, Samsung and many many more
> 1.000+ angels & VC's like Accel, Endeit, Earlybird, Sunstone, GoogleVC, Cisco VC and many more

Read more http://startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/smart-city-living.html?utm_source=SBC+General&utm_campaign=9bf7ffed50-SBC_SMC_Newsletter_December&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8c502f62e3-9bf7ffed50-391374733&ct=t(SBC_SMC_Newsletter_December)&mc_cid=9bf7ffed50&mc_eid

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Anonymous posted

The U.S. solar industry provides more jobs than the coal mining industry

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There was an increase of 35.000 jobs in the industry from November 2014 to November 2015. This means that the number of jobs has grown by 20 percent for the third year in a row.

The industry also grew a lot faster than the rest of the economy, where employment increased by 1.7 percent.

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Most of the jobs within the industry are in power panel installation, where 120.000 out of 209.000 employees are employed. On average employees make 21 dollar an hour, which is far above the average. About 34.000 people work in production, which is relatively lower than in China for example. Most of the solar panels are imported from China. In California most of the jobs are created in the solar industry, about one third of all the jobs. This is not very surprising since the State is also one of the biggest economic regions of the United States.

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<http://groenecourant.nl/zonne-energie/amerikaanse-zonnesector-biedt-meer-werk-dan-steenkoolproductie/>

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Anonymous posted

Smart Entrepreneurial Lab

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Contribute to a smart city where urban stakeholders learn to innovate together, co-creating solutions that enhance urban quality of life and generate new business opportunities.

Are you interested in doing research together or do you have a smart city question? Get in<a>touch</a>!

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Anonymous posted

​COP21 becomes visible in cities

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The Climate Conference COP21 sends a strong signal that government leaders have surpassed the ‘failure of Copenhagen’, although planning and implementation has to follow-up quickly. Especially since the current measures only support limiting global warming by 2.7 degrees, while the goal of 1.5 degrees is needed in order to prevent dangerous tipping points. So the one big question is how the promises of states are translated into practice? And critically, how the subsequent measures are financed? Now that a global political direction is set, we still cannot be too optimistic. A reality check is needed. Important issues like aid for developing nations and reductions of CO2 emissions in shipping and aviation are not solved yet. Leave aside that every state will respect its promise to the agreement. Also see this article of The Guardian for an interesting analysis of the key outcomes of the Paris Agreement.

What does this mean for the Amsterdam Metropolitan area?

The climate agreement will enter into force in 2020, however government leaders cannot take a break in the meantime. Looking at the fact that the current measures are insufficient for achieving the goal, we need to accelerate. And because about 70% of the world population will soon live and work in cities, it is crucial to take measures in those cities.

In the coming months, states will evaluate and discuss the meaning of the summit. During the Dutch EU presidency in the first half of 2016, the Netherlands will take the first steps in discussing the long process of transposing the Climate agreement into European law.

Though, what does the Paris agreement already signal to the urban region of Amsterdam? In rough guidelines, it confirms the way to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and to scale-up and replicate sustainable and circular business cases.

What’s next?

In the past, states would usually claim that individual efforts to reduce their CO2 emissions would be ineffective if there was no global policy. That claim is not an excuse anymore, now that 190 states have made it compulsory to report their climate efforts and raise the bar of minimums higher every five years.

Europe is already dedicated for some years to the so-called horizon 20-20-20 goals. The goals for 2030 still have to be adopted, however they have to be drastically more ambitious in the light of the Paris Agreement. Successful innovation programs will probably continue in accelerated forms and should be supported with more finance. Innovation projects that aim at facilitating the energy transition, like the EU project City-zen in Amsterdam, need to offer the methodology and tools for replicating energy-efficient measures in European cities.

A clear example of such a measure is energy retrofit of buildings, often described as ‘low-hanging fruit’. However, in reality it is not that simple, because of the increased demand for energy-gulping appliances in homes. That is why user experiences and reactions to energy retrofit of buildings are just as important as technical improvements. National subsidies are not sufficient. We have to become smarter with our energy-use in the house. The inhabitants needs and wishes are central in planning these innovations. As a partner in the City-zen project the Economic Board will learn and share lessons for the coming four years on the topic of housing retrofit (about 700-900 homes) and in specific the monitoring of energy saving before, during and after. This will directly lead to comfortable homes with low energy billing and about 5000 tonnes of reduced CO2 emissions each year. And all of this happens in ordinary city neighbourhoods like Amsterdam New-West and Eco-Cité in Grenoble. By offering practical tools for the energy-transition, the City-zen retrofit is an example for cities all across Europe.

Furthermore, governments need to set-up financial and judicial mechanisms to accelerate the transition towards a carbon neutral economy. The largest share of the heavy workload will need to be in cities. In all kinds of sectors, people need to change their mind-set from linear to circular thinking in order to reduce waste and CO2 emissions. This offers opportunities for citizens, research institute, firms and municipality in the area.

For these players, the Amsterdam Economic Board will do its best. By focussing on the following five challenges: health, mobility, circular economy, digital connectivity and jobs of the future we look out for opportunities and solutions. Through our extensive network we can connect existing and new initiatives to sustainable opportunities in the area with on the horizon the goal to become the leading innovation area in Europe. At the MRA-congress of 18 February, the board presents its agenda. Please join us and discuss how to develop best practices in the city or become inspired at the Smart City Lab at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam, where you can also learn more about City-zen and other innovative projects.

Column by Mirko van Vliet
Source: Amsterdam Economic Board
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Anonymous posted

O2 provides ‘smart homes’

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During the AT&T Developer Conference in Las Vegas the British digital communications company O2 announced that they are the first in Europe that will provide the ‘AT&T Digital Life smart home platform’. This platform offers the possibility for the user to monitor the temperature, electricity consumption and the water use. The user is able to adapt this through a smartphone-app.According to the company users can save on energy use and energy costs. Users can have access to the service this summer. O2 brings the new service as a ‘complete smart home experience’. To create ‘smart homes’ the company worked together with Tado, Samsung and Serco for cameras and Yale for locks.

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Robert van Hoesel, Co-founder at Crowded, posted

Great overview of how different cities around the world are 'smart'.

Also an interesting take on how to develop smart cities, using design as the main driver: Ultimately, though, it's not enough for a city just to have "smart" technologies. "We need to use cognitive designing as well -- citizens should be involved in design of their cities," Schmitt says. "Technology will just extend and support human sensors." 2016, then, will not just be the year of smart, but of transhuman cities.

Also an interesting take on how to develop smart cities, using design as the main driver:

Ultimately, though, it's not enough for a city just to have "smart" technologies. "We need to use cognitive designing as well -- citizens should be involved in design of their cities," Schmitt says. "Technology will just extend and support human sensors." 2016, then, will not just be the year of smart, but of transhuman cities. #smart

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Emma van der Veen, New business development | Product Management at Philips, posted

IoT Living Lab

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Smart Citizens are making Smart Cities by working together in solving
challenges their communities are facing. The IoT Living Lab promotes IoT interactivity in public spaces to encourage citizens and cities in testing and prototyping innovations. The new project ‘the City Innovation Exchange Lab’ extends this effective bottom-up approach globally.

For more information about CITIXL please visit www.citixl.com

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Emma van der Veen, New business development | Product Management at Philips, posted
Anonymous posted

A start-up builds its first building from recycled bricks

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The first dwelling made of recycled bricks will be finished in February in Rotterdam. The sustainable bricks are developed by a start-up named StoneCycling.

The WastedBasedBricks that are used to build are a product of StoneCycling. Since 2013 this start-up works on processes to recycle demolition into quality bricks. Therefore StoneCycling investigates the composition of demolition to determine of which waste it consists. After this StoneCycling makes new building materials from the waste they can use. ‘’It is a real craft because each stone needs its own process’’, says Ward Massa, one of the initiators of StoneCycling. Massa can make high-quality bricks, and now his enterprise starts to research how it can adapt the shape of the products. The dwelling in Rotterdam is the first completed project of StoneCycling. Besides this project the start-up works on other projects within the Netherlands and received the first requests from Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Visit Amsterdam Smart City

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Connect with, learn from, and exchange experiences with Amsterdam Smart City representatives.

Do you want to connect with, learn from, and exchange experiences with Amsterdam Smart City representatives? We offer standard and made programs for local, national and international delegations. Based on the size, needs and budget of your delegation, you can choose from the following programs:

1. Amsterdam Smart City Introduction

2. Mini Consultation

3. Smart City Deep-Dives

4. Amsterdam Smart City Experience

5. Smart City Exchange

6. Amsterdam Innovation Tour (self-guided using the app)

If you have any questions, send an email to cornelia@amsterdamsmartcity.nl.

Where do Smart City Visits take place?

Most Smart City Visits take place on the Marineterrein Innovation District (Kattenburgerstraat 5, 1018 JA Amsterdam). You will receive all relevant details including meeting location by email within 3 days of booking a program.

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