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Korea: DG ENER and IUC Team Participate in 3rd International Forum on Renewable Energy

Korea: DG ENER and IUC Team Participate in 3rd International Forum on Renewable Energy

Today, the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission (ENER) and the IUC Asia team participated in the 3rd International Forum on Renewable Energy, on the topic of Green Energy and New-Deal Industry of Gwangju and Jeonnam (Gwangju Metropolitan City and Jeonnam Province, Republic of Korea). The hosts of the hybrid online and offline conference […]

EU-China Regional and Urban Cooperation Online Seminar

EU-China Regional and Urban Cooperation Online Seminar

Today, the European Commission’s DG REGIO and China’s NDRC held the high-level EU-China Regional and Urban Cooperation Seminar 2020. More than 80 experts from European and Chinese cities as well as high level representatives of the European Commission and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) met in combination online and in person in […]

Malaysia: Final webinar on IUC technical assistance for development of Climate Action Plans

Malaysia: Final webinar on IUC technical assistance for development of Climate Action Plans

Today the IUC-Asia held its final webinar on technical assistance of Climate Action Plans (CAPs) development in 4 pilot cities in Malaysia, consisting of Penampang, Tawau, Muar and Hang Tuah Jaya. The meeting was a chance to present the final products (CAPs) and discuss the lessons learned during the process between the Directorates-General of the […]

Granada Hosts Webinar on Blockchain Innovations and Biotech, eHealth & Medical Solutions

Granada Hosts Webinar on Blockchain Innovations and Biotech, eHealth & Medical Solutions

The City of Granada held its final of three webinars on the opportunities of blockchain innovations for cities. Today’s focus was on Biotech, eHealth & Medical Solutions, and involved more than 25 experts from Europe and China. The webinar was part of Granada’s pilot project awarded with the IUC Competitive Fund. Today’s webinar was opened with […]

Webinar “EU-China Cities Transition Towards Low Carbon: Achievements, Challenges and Future Pathways”

Webinar “EU-China Cities Transition Towards Low Carbon: Achievements, Challenges and Future Pathways”

The IUC Asia project held today a three-hour workshop on the transition from EU and Chinese cities towards low carbon development. The meeting involved nearly 40 participants – partly onsite in Beijing and partly online (via video conferencing). The event was a follow-up activity to the online exchange session on the EU-China Low Carbon Cities […]

EU Climate Diplomacy Week Indonesia – Closing Ceremony

EU Climate Diplomacy Week Indonesia – Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony for the annual EU Climate Diplomacy Week Indonesia (24 October – 6 November 2020) was held today, in a festive atmosphere with remarks by high-level officials, program partners and a fun lineup of entertainment acts. The online event involved over 250 participants. Opening words were delivered by H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador of […]

International Urban Cooperation Asia

Around 54% of the world’s population lives in cities – and the number is growing.

More urban dwellers means more wealth creation, but also higher pressure on urban services (energy, water, health, transport, housing), which in turn produces adverse effects on the environment and challenges to the quality of life.

At the global level, this creates a major challenge in terms of climate change. It also makes cities best placed to tackle this issue.

European cities are keen to cooperate with other cities around the world, to share knowledge and create innovative solutions, and to generate new economic opportunities in the process.

The IUC programme helps them do this, and it can help your city too!

IUC creates city-to-city or region-to-region cooperation involving EU and non-EU partners.

Part of the solution is to work closely with the private sector, and the programme will help to bring together businesses inside and outside the EU.

In Asia, the programme is divided into two parts covering the region, specifically China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. Please scroll-down to see further details about the two project components.

I. City-to-city Cooperation on Sustainable Urban Development

EU cities are paired up with peers from China to cooperate on issues relevant for their sustainable urban development. Chosen cities are being supported to share knowledge and best practices on sustainable urban solutions.

This will be achieved partly through the development of local action plans, which will outline activities and pilot projects to achieve tangible results. A global knowledge-exchange platform will be established with resources and best practices on overcoming specific urban development barriers.

Countries covered: EU Member States and China

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II. Sub-national action under the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative

Cities and other sub-national localities in the Asian countries are encouraged to join the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative. Through the Global Covenant of Mayors, local governments commit to acting on mitigation, adaptation and access to energy.

Signatory cities benefit from support in the form of technical expertise and cooperation to act on their energy and climate commitments.

Asian countries and special territories covered: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam.

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IUC Asia Events

< 2020 >
November 16 - November 22
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    November 16, 2020
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    November 17, 2020
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    November 18, 2020

    IUC Open House on EU-China C2C Cooperation

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    2020.11.18

    EU-Asia/China “Thematic Cluster Virtual Open House 2020”

    The IUC Asia project will stage an Open House event to showcase activities implemented within the thematic clusters. The target audience consists of stakeholders interested in the city-to-city cooperation between European and Chinese counterparts.

    When? Wednesday, 18th of November, 8:30-12:00 (CET)

    Where? Zoom

    The project team and involved partners will showcase selected pilot projects between Chinese, and European cities within the thematic clusters of “Smart Cities & Digital Transition” and “Education, Culture & Tourism”, including the topics of “Circular Economy” and “Energy Transition”.

    IUC cluster managers will co-host the thematic sessions with the IUC experts in China. Each session will consist of a five-minute thematic cluster introduction, followed by a 10-minute presentation of each selected pilot project activity. The pilot project presentations are foreseen as a joint presentation of one representative each from Europe and China, followed by five minutes for questions and answers.

    The project team will also introduce the digital cooperation platform. Simultaneous interpretation EN/CN will be provided.

    The event will also present the results of the EU-China Regional Innovation Study 2020.

     

    AGENDA (DRAFT)

    08:30 – 09:00  Welcome/Opening (DG Regio, NDRC, EU Delegation, IUC China)

    Welcome notes: DG Regio, NDRC, EU Delegation to China

    • EU Delegation to China, head of Delegation Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis (TBC)
    • NDRC, NN
    • DG REGIO, Principal Advisor, Rudolf Niessler

    Introduction Thematic Clusters & Multiple Cities Clusters (Gándara)

     

     

    09:00 – 09:45  Theme 1:        Smart Cities & Digital Transition including Energy Transition

                (hosted by Bley with Wang / Prat van Thiel)

     

    Smart City Planning – Liudong New District (Liuzhou / Barcelona)

    Liudong New District: smart city urban planning and learnings from Barcelona 22@

     

                                    New Energy Research (Chengdu / Greater Manchester / Rome)

                Joint research of integrated smart energy lab – EIRI and Manchester Metropolitan University

                    Cooperation on exchange of startups, technology solutions – EIRI and MMU

     

    Digital Twin (Rome / Yantai)

    Application of GIS/BIM planning for historical buildings

     

     

     

    09:45 – 10:30  Theme 2:        Education, Culture & Tourism including Circular Economy

    (hosted by Fabbri with Wang / Prat van Thiel)

     

    Summer School on Urban Planning Tools (Rome / multiple Chinese partners)

    GIS/BIM applications supported by the competitive fund

     

    Blockchain Lab for Circular Economy (Granada / multiple Chinese cities)

    Virtual exchange platform supported by the competitive fund

     

                           

    10:30 – 10:45  Break

     

    10:45 – 11:30  Theme 3:        Multi Cities projects and Transfers (Gándara et al)

     

    Horticulture Expo 2021 (Yangzhou / Bologna & Rome, Barcelona)

    Collaborative exhibition planning

     

    Mobility (Stuttgart / Guangzhou / Liuzhou)

    Possible research & start-up cooperation on fuel-cell / hydrogen technology

     

    Sino-Italian Faculty Institute of Vine and Wine Science (Rome and Yantai)

    Establishing a joint Institute involving universities and private companies

     

    Introduction of IUC Asia joint digital platform for exchange

     

     

    11:30-12:00    Theme 4:        Regional Innovation and Closing (Gándara)

     

    EU China Regional Innovation Study (Casa Asia / Liu)

    Presentation of the study and policy recommendations

     

     

    12:00– 12:30  Discussion and Closing Session

     

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    November 19, 2020
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    November 20, 2020
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    November 22, 2020
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