In its Energy 2020 strategy, the European Commission identified the Smart Cities and Communities initiative as a project of European dimension for energy efficiency and for accelerating the large scale deployment of innovative, low-carbon technologies. QCEA believes that demand reduction via behavioural change is more crucial than technological innovation. SMART cities won’t work without efforts to shape SMART consumers. Ending subsidies for inefficient and environmentally harmful products/services/fuels, as well as binding legislation for minimum efficiency standards, should be a priority.

The Smart Cities and Communities Initiative (PDF – 24 Kb)

Results of the Consultation

View the European Commission’s report on the results of the consultation