The Joint Research Centre (JRC), as the European Commission's science and knowledge service carries out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. One of the tasks being developed in the JRC is the scientific and technical support to the initiative Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (CoM), which is a voluntary movement involving local authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable energy and climate policies.
Since starting in Europe in 2008, the initiative has progressively grown into a worldwide city movement, extending to Eastern Europe, southern neighbouring countries and then to Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, the Covenant of Mayors was transformed into the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), an international alliance of local governments with a shared long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-emission and resilient society. GCoM is building upon the key success factors of the CoM and counts more than 9.000 cities in 131 countries. The initiative tackles three pillars which are regionally tailored: climate change mitigation, adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change and universal access to secure, clean and affordable energy.
The work developed by the JRC in this field includes setting the methodological basis of the initiative, including guidebooks for local authorities, evaluating and approving the Plans of cities, developing assessment reports on the CoM initiative
Improving the data collection process, co-chairing a technical working group on data and developing the new "standard" for city emission reporting, targets, action plans and adaptation for GCoM, working on the methodological adaptation to the different regions of the world: South Mediterranean, Eastern partnerships, Sub-Saharan Africa, Regions: North America, Latin America, Japan, India, China and South-East Asia and providing technical training for cities and regions and for regional experts and capacity building activities in FPI regions.
The Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies (KCTP) is a European Commission initiative, co-steered by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). It aims at gathering, managing and making sense of the vast amount of knowledge available on European cities and regions. By better integrating and coordinating the supply of and demand for knowledge on the broad range of EU urban and territorial policies, the KCTP increases the efficiency in which this knowledge is shared and used.
The Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboard is a team working at JRC that develops methodologies to construct robust composite indicators that can provide policy makers with 'big pictures' on matters that are crucial for the EU.
The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is one of these composite indicators, designed to help national, regional and local policy makers identify strengths and opportunities and benchmark their cities against similar urban centres using both quantitative and qualitative data.
The exhibition allows local stakeholders and practitioners to engage and get acquainted with tools and data such as the Urban Data Platform Plus, Strat-Board, CoP-CITIES and the "Future of Cities", as well as with the "Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor".