As the world voices its concerns over the planned exit of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, cities and businesses around the world are getting on with the job. The #WeAreStillIn campaign is just one example that highlights the strength of the global commitment to the Paris Agreement.
The climate challenge is one of the largest, if not the largest, single opportunity for building smart cities. Why? Because the smart cities movement thrives on challenges, and it thrives on building better city outcomes. And more specifically, it is thriving on reducing carbon emissions from our built environment, which is the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in cities.
In acknowledgment of the deep commitment to carbon emissions reduction from state and local government and the business sector, we have assembled a snapshot of some of our Council Partners' commitments and contributions to climate protection through the application of technology, data, and intelligent design. I think you will find that climate protection is deeply entrenched in the smart cities movement, and one that will continue to push us to be more innovative and collaborative.
Keeping across the most recent global commitments to climate change policy is critical to effectively participate, and act accordingly. KPMG have been reporting from the field, globally to share valuable insights on who is doing what. Check out this most recent snapshot of corporate responses to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Place Design Group
Climate protection in the city has a ground zero – the urban form. The way we lay out our cities and orchestrate the location of people, services, and places can create a leaner carbon footprint. Here's one compact development that embraces this idea.
Despite the data load on their network increasing by 62 per cent, Telstra was able to achieve a greenhouse gas emissions decrease of two per cent last year. Overall, Telstra has achieved their three-year greenhouse gas emissions intensity target a year earlier than planned.
On its pathway to rolling out two million smart meters, Victoria is making sure it is collecting and analysing its data for forecasting, planning, energy delivery, and maintenance efficiency. Building a smarter grid is the life's work of Itron, and in turn, protecting the climate.
We are building a smart cities movement. #WeAreStillIn. Join us.