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AkzoNobel launches sustainable cities coalition to manage rapid urbanisation

Dutch paints manufacturer AkzoNobel has brought together an alliance of major businesses, NGOs and government representatives to focus on building sustainable cities and communities across the world.

The skyline of Istanbul, Turkey - a nation that is currently 73% urbanised and projected to be 80% urbanised by 2030

Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business

edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.

The panel noted that the growth in the green bond market was slowly forcing investment firms to reassess project benchmarks

Private sector funding for smart cities hindered by regulatory constraints, say experts

The private sector will have to mobilise "enormous" amounts of capital to help with the global smart cities transition, but nations must first address regulatory and institutional barriers to incentivise the movement.

Ford envisions a time where autonomous vans can transport deliveries on the ground, before drones pick up the packages for the “final leg” of the journey

Drones and autonomous vehicles: Can Ford’s delivery vision take flight?

As online shopping becomes the norm, retailers are casting eyes to the emissions of the fleets that transport goods around the country, but could electric and autonomous driving and drones act as a viable method to transport deliveries? Ford seems to think so.

Downtown Warsaw. Optimally-designed smart buildings allow flexible connectivity to energy systems through efficient energy consumption, production and storage

Report: EU nations struggling to foster smart city transition

The majority of European Union (EU) members are showing "little progress" in developing smart built environment policies that encourage the uptake of energy storage or demand response initiatives, a new report has found.

As well as real-time data readings, smart cities will also foster the Internet of Things (IoT) in the future

Get REAL: Framework launched to place people at the heart of smart city transition

As digitalisation streamlines the way that humans interact with the cities that they live in, a new framework has been launched to ensure that local authorities and policy makers place people at the heart of the smart city transition.

The battery project will provide evidence on whether solar panels can supplement evening energy use and whether the technology can effectively reduce energy bills

London councils commence innovative solar battery project and LED retrofit

Councils across London are kick-starting the capital's 'smart city' transformation, with a new LED retrofit backed by the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and an innovative solar battery project set to commence.

Climate Minister Nick Hurd (centre) highlighted the importance of UK100 in Britain's low-carbon transition at an event in London this week

Nick Hurd gives backing to UK cities 2050 clean energy shift

The UK's Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd has joined major businesses in signalling support for the commitment of UK cities and local authorities to shift towards 100% clean energy by 2050.

Taking inspiration from cities such as Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Bournemouth wants to position itself at the vanguard of environmental protection

The Bournemouth Identity: Building a green business hub on the south coast

Climate change may be consuming shores and islands at a faster rate than ever before, but nestled on the southern coastline of the UK, Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation's green economy leader.

A view of the City of London from across the River Thames. Arcadis' report ranks the UK capital 9th in the world for environmental sustainability

London is now the fifth most sustainable city in the world

London has been ranked as the fifth most sustainable city in the world in the 2016 Sustainable Cities Index from infrastructure consultancy firm Arcadis.

The €762,000 will be split across two research projects with €627,000 given to iScape project research and €135,000 granted to the EU Clean Sky 1 project

University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research

The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.

San Francisco has now completely cut off the use of diesel from its city fleets, replacing it with a renewable diesel alternative

City-level climate disclosure increases by 70% in wake of Paris talks

A record 533 of cities, representing 621 million citizens, across the globe are now measuring environmental data and disclosing climate action plans, a new update from CDP has revealed.

The report revealed that domestic electricity demand will increase by at least 30% in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol by 2035

UK's smart city transition 'essential' to combating rising energy demand

A surge in urban expansion, economic growth and the integration of new technology will lead to UK cities embracing renewable energy sources as part of a transition to smart cities, in order to cope with growing energy demand.

The four reports layout how cities, storage and transport form fundamental pillars to drive innovation and sustainable growth

What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...

By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.

Every street lamp in cities using the system will be fitted with a Vodafone M2M SIM and a range of Philips Lighting CityTouch LED systems

How Vodafone and Philips are leveraging the Internet of Things to spark new era of smart cities

Mobile operator Vodafone has formed a new partnership with Philips Lighting which combines an Internet of Things (IoT) network with an integrated LED street light management system, which could see cities across the world slash energy use by 70%.

The initiative will see the River Thames used as a renewable energy source to provide affordable heat via a heat pump

London selected for €25m smart city innovation trial

London is uniting with cities across Europe as part of a €25m project which will explore how innovative technologies including heating homes through the River Thames can improve the standard of living for city residents.

The Paris City Hall Declaration binds cities to produce resilience strategies and action plans by 2020

San Diego and San Francisco kick-start post-Paris city pledges

As the dust settles on COP21 cities around the globe are already beginning to implement huge emission reduction plans, with Mayors taking action to drive a low-carbon transition.

The Cognicity Challenge was set up to identify and pilot smart-city technology on the Canary Wharf estate.

Canary Wharf to pilot data-driven building efficiency projects

An open-source Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform and a 'Connected Home' app could be rolled out in London thanks to new funding through a smart-city technology competition.

Strawberry Benches will provide free mobile phone charging, relevant local information, air quality levels, and an emergency call button

Solar-powered benches coming to London

The owner of London business district Canary Wharf has announced plans to introduce solar-powered benches which will allow passers-by to charge their phone and digitally discover the local area.

SEaB Energy and Demand Logic have each been awarded £50,000 to implement their technologies at the Canary Wharf estate in the Docklands

Canary Wharf trials two new smart-city innovations

Canary Wharf will trial an energy-from-waste scheme and an intelligent building control system as part of a project to find the best smart-city initiatives.

Stewart has created a S.M.A.R.T acronym as a guideline to help the private sector and city officials respond to modern urban challenges

Private sector approach to greener cities 'incoherent'

The private sector should not use big data to marginally improve city infrastructure but rather design and redesign cities to be sustainable in the first place.


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