The 1st SmartCitiesCouncil® - Europe Stakeholders’ Assembly recently took place in Dublin, Ireland on the 9th of November. The day’s theme was Accelerating your innovation economy and focused on how smart city solutions can advance innovation and economic development. Honored by the attendance of the most reputable names in the Smart Cities industry, the stakeholder assembly quickly gained attention from all around Europe.
Santander, the capital of Spain’s autonomous region on the northern coast of Spain, was once home to a royal summer residence and still seeks to showcase this “aristocratic atmosphere” while providing visitors and citizens with another view: waste-free streets. Below, we’ll take a look at how this summer tourist destination is getting savvy when it comes to strengthening its waste collection services, making it a more liveable city and inspiring leader for the rest of Spain to follow.
Milan is one of a handful of cosmopolitan cities thrusting billions of euros into neglected neighbourhoods as part of a modernization plan that will make the city more attractive—and sustainable—than ever. Dubbed CityLife Park, the inspiration for this new concept comes from the landscapes of the Lombardy region, with a design inspired to serve as “a park between the mountains and the plain.”
When the city served as European Green Capital 2011, it reduced carbon emissions by 2 million tonnes, compared with 2007. Now Hamburg is hoping to cut carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050, in addition to significantly reducing both sewage and municipal waste. With the launch of electrically powered garbage trucks, the city can achieve both goals and improve air quality while transporting trash up to 27 tonnes.-Bruno De Man
As the EU looks to be a driver in terms of a low carbon economy, islands in Europe are becoming more aware of their role to serve as inspiration for sustainable, integrated solutions that “make the most out of islands’ competitive advantages,” according to the Smart Islands Initiative. Let’s take a look at this new effort inspired by Smart Cities and Communities and how Europe’s islands may play a vital role in helping Europe transition into a low carbon and sustainable economy.
In India, where there are cities struggling to provide even basic amenities to their tax-paying citizens, a village in Gujarat—Punsari—is equipped with modern amenities like CCTV cameras, WiFi and a renewable energy power station. However, a decade back, this remote village was not privy to even basic facilities like electricity and water.
Solapur, a textile and bidi manufacturing hub, is one of the major cities of Maharashtra that attracts a sizeable number of visitors for business or commercial purposes. The city is also of religious importance with more than five lakh pilgrims visiting the Siddheshwar Temple, every year.
Coimbatore with a decadal growth rate of around 20% is a rapidly growing city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Known as Manchester of India, the city is undertaking numerous initiatives towards improving basic services and quality of life of citizens.
Indore, being the largest and the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh with a population of around 20 lakh (according to the 2011 census), the Indore Municipal Corporation considers sanitation and solid waste management as its topmost priority. Ranked as the cleanest city in India, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2017, IMC is aiming for 100 per cent coverage of solid waste management.
Tackling waste is a problem of plenty. However, by just implementing comprehensive waste segregation and management plan, Mahabalipuram, a temple town in Tamil Nadu, has shown the entire country how to be 100 per cent waste-free.