The governance structure of the the Joint Programme is designed to enable smooth management and coordination with a minimum of bureaucracy. The JP Management Board consists of the JP Coordinator and the coordinators of the four sub-programmes. It is responsible for overall management and communication with the EERA and other relevant stakeholders and for steering and monitoring research progress. The JP Steering Committee, which comprises one representative from each of the currently 19 full participants, decides on the admission of new partners, the integration of new research topics and the strategic positioning of the research framework.
The Joint Programme Smart Cities
Sustainable and energy-efficient cities
The key objective of the Joint Programme is to develop new scientific methods and tools to support European cities in their transformation into smart cities. This will be achieved by the extensive use of low carbon technologies and smart energy management based on innovative design and operation of the entire urban energy system – from generation to distribution and consumption. The results obtained will provide the basis for unlocking the full potential of energy efficiency and large-scale integration of renewable energies in urban areas. This will lead to significant reductions in energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time creating a liveable environment for residents.