Seeking solutions to cities’ future challenges
WHAT ARE SMART CITIES?
Smart cities are emerging by necessity. Cities—under extreme pressure from a growing and increasingly urban population, climate change, increasingly scarce natural resources, and changing lifestyles and social norms—must reinvent themselves to survive.
- Occupy 2% of the earth’s surface
- Are home to 50% of the global population
- Account for 75% of total global energy consumption
- Are responsible for 80% of the world’s CO2 emissions
And cities continue to grow. Soon, 70% of the global population will live in cities. In other words, the main battles our planet is facing will be won—or lost—in our cities.
All stakeholders—elected officials, citizens, decision makers from the public and private sectors, architects, city planners, researchers, and experts—must work together to respond to the challenges our cities are facing.
Tenerrdis is playing a central role in smart cities by coordinating the relevant stakeholders and contributing in-depth knowledge of smart cities.
SMART CITIES: KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
- A citizen- and user-centric conception of the smart city that elected officials must share with all stakeholders
- A realistic roadmap to measurable results
- Multi-systems integration
- Cooperation among all stakeholders
- Innovation (technological, financial, organizational, social, or governance)
FAR-REACHING PROJECTS TO SHAPE SMART CITIES
In July 2016 members of the Vivapolis sustainable cities network launched a series of fact sheets on innovative sustainable city projects addressing six topics: energy, the circular economy, mobility, integrated urban services, digital platforms, and participatory governance.
The fact sheets will be disseminated in France and internationally at meetings and conferences and to visitors hosted by Vivapolis or on trips organized by Vivapolis.
Tenerrdis is also encouraging its members to promote the innovative solutions being developed in this area.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Tenerrdis, in its capacity as member of ICN, is taking part in the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group alongside the world’s largest cities. The cluster will actively promote its members’ innovative solutions to respond to participating cities’ challenges.