To mark the occasion of the G7, the IEC is publishing an article about its contribution in dealing with climate change in Smart Cities, written by Frans Vreeswijk
On the occasion of the G7, which is being held in Schloss Elmau, Germany on 7 and 8 June under the chairmanship of Angela Merkel, the Climate Change – The New Economy magazine has published a special issue addressing climate change. IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk has written an article which focusses on how the IEC neutral and independent global platform is playing an important role in the development of sustainable Smart Cities, Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities.
Here is an excerpt:
“Cities are central to any solution to the global climate, energy and environmental challenges. As well as being home to around half the world’s population and generating around 80% of global GDP, cities and urban areas are responsible for around 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.1
Going forward, multi-sectorial, international collaboration must continue, as specialized knowledge and relevant expertise from many different organizations is vital to make Smart Cities a reality. One single organization is not able to develop all the standards that are required for the increasingly large and complex systems that are needed. The IEC neutral and independent global platform will play an important role in stimulating this cooperation.
Without a coherent strategy to run cities more efficiently, global targets on greenhouse gas emissions and the ambitions for sustainable growth cannot be achieved. Smart Cities promise both a sustainable energy solution to the challenges of the urban environment and improved quality of life for the millions of city-dwellers across the world. Only if we combine our forces, can we achieve sustainable Smart Cities.”
Read the full IEC article Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities here
Read G7 magazine Climate Change – the New Economy here
IEC White Paper Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities
1. The New Climate Economy Report, The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate