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Today’s cities cover only 2% of the planet’s surface but hold 50% of the world’s population. They also generate 80% of the global CO₂ emissions, and consume 75% of the energy.
In less than 40 years, the percentage of city dwellers will jump to 70% — our younger generation will see the global urban population double within their lifetime. In both emerging and mature economies, such explosive growth presents challenges to our existing city infrastructures. However, opportunities exist to make cities much “smarter” when it comes to energy management.
5-step practical approach to creating Smart Cities
Schneider Electric’s methodology combines a bottom-up, systems-centric approach with top-down, data-driven actionable intelligence:
Step 1: Setting the vision
Step 2: Bringing in the right technology
Step 3: Integrating the systems
Step 4: Leveraging innovative business models
Step 5: Driving collaboration
Cities are a complex web of interconnected systems, and each city faces its own challenges. By following this methodology, city planners can build more efficient, livable and sustainable Smart Cities.