ENBIS-16 in Sheffield

11 – 15 September 2016; Sheffield Abstract submission: 20 March – 4 July 2016

Smart and Sustainable Cities: A Systemic Approach

14 September 2016, 10:10 – 10:30


Submitted by
Alberto Pasanisi
Alberto Pasanisi (EIFER), Andreas Koch (EIFER), Markus Peter (EIFER), Benoit Boutaud (EIFER)
Today, cities are facing a number of unprecedented challenges. In a worldwide context of growing urbanization of the population (2/3 of human beings are expected to live in urban areas by 2050), there is an increasing need for a sustainable planning that optimises the capital expenditure, is compliant with environmental and climate change related ambitious goals and meets the cross-disciplinary challenges of digitization, interleave of planning sectors, energy transition.
Energy and water efficiency, appropriate waste management, local renewable energies, fast and reliable transportation means, limited air-pollution and noise, optimisation of synergies between industrial, tertiary and residential buildings, development of infrastructures are all pieces of a comprehensive strategy that shall not be considered separately but in a systemic approach.
On the other hand, citizens want to be more and more involved in the ongoing transformations as "smart users" of their city, rather than simple inhabitants. The IT infrastructures allow to collect, exchange and analyse a huge quantity of data and open the way for new services and business opportunities.
In this talk, by means of the analysis of a number of demonstrator projects, with no pretention of exhaustiveness, main challenges, issues and opportunity are highlighted, with a particular focus on energy-related questions.

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