Friday, 12 June 2009

Amsterdam - Europe's first smart city

The city of Amsterdam has launched its Smart City project, which comprises a number of sustainability initiatives which will be tested in the city, the most successful of which will be adopted. Over the next two years projects will be tried out in four areas: Working, Living, Mobility and Public Spaces. The first three are estimated to account for a third of the city's emissions each. Details of the projects are here.

The Municipality of Amsterdam has its own target of being a climate-neutral organisation by 2015 and the overall aim is to meet the European Union’s 2020 emissions and energy reduction targets.

The projects include the use a smart electric grid, smart meters, smart-building technologies and electric vehicles to reduce energy consumption and Amsterdam claims to be the first city in Europe to do so.

Accenture is one of the suppliers and will work with local agencies to develop, implement, manage and assess each of the phases and projects. The company will help deploy a smart grid and will support a range of applications created by the programme. The company will also manage the integration of the smart-grid technology and the analysis and use of data.

Amsterdam is a member of Accenture’s Intelligent City Network, which we reported on in March.



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