How to make the smart city a reality: forget technology, focus on the people. European public funding has kicked off the first generation of ‘smart city’ projects, a recent concept in sustainable urban development aimed at integrated planning for energy, mobility and ICT. But successful smart city development does not come easily: above all, it requires engagement from citizens, say several experts Energy Post spoke with. “Forget technology. The smart city is about identifying solutions that are part of everyday life”. Nottingham’s plan aims at a 26% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions against 2005 levels, and 20% of the city’s own energy generated from low or zero carbon sources by 2020. Measures include doubling the size of the city’s district heating network, developing a local biomass processing and transfer site, and a new biomass combined heat and power plant with associated district heating. A city level anaerobic digester is also under consideration.
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