SMART WEBINARS AND LIGHTHOUSE CITY FILMS
Since 2016, the lighthouse cities of Lisbon, London and Milan have implemented a wide set of smart city measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable behaviour. Each webinar is dedicated to one measure and presents its implementation through two case studies from the lighthouse cities.
The lighthouse cities have also shared the impact of these smart city solutions in short films, developed as part of final deliverables for the Sharing Cities programme.
FILMS AND WEBINARS
Comune di Milano shares its impact as a Sharing Cities Lighthouse city. Since 2016 it’s deployed low-carbon technologies across the city that are centred around citizens’ needs. These include mobility areas which have transformed simple charging stations for electric and shared vehicles into comprehensive sharing mobility hubs, along with a digital social market (SharingMI), an urban sharing platform, e-mobility solutions and building retrofits for sustainable energy management.
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa shares its impact as a Sharing Cities Lighthouse city. Citizens are at the heart of its smart city strategy. With its hilly typography, Lisbon has managed to transform the way people think about moving around the city – it’s implemented an electric bike sharing scheme managed via the Sharing Lisboa app that incentivises users, along with other measures including deep energy retrofits on buildings across the city, LED upgrades on lampposts, and a Digital Social Market to encourage sustainable behaviour change among citizens.
DEEP ENERGY RETROFITS FOR BUILDINGS
Cities play a crucial role in driving global energy demands. It is therefore key to create energy systems that are are safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable. Whilst new buildings are now built to be energy efficient, most building stock in our cities is old. Through Sharing Cities, we’ve explored how to retrofit older buildings in the three lighthouse cities with energy efficiency measures and smart controls, enabling us to reduce the energy consumption in these buildings and increase the level of comfort experienced by occupants.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
The Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) is a modular system which centralises information from, and control over, many local energy systems and devices. SEMS integrates heat, power, transport, and the built environment, combining data connectivity and the internet of things to optimise energy systems and strategies. The SEMS helps to process data inputs in real time; improving decision making, reducing system inefficiencies, and delivering financial, social and environmental benefits.
This webinar on e-mobility showcases examples of implementation in Lisbon (focusing on electric vehicles as municipal fleet, charging infrastructures, and smart parking) and Milan (focusing on e-logistics, and electric vehicle sharing scheme).
IMPROVING URBAN MOBILITY: E-BIKE SHARING
E-bikes are a key part of a sustainable and holistic mobility solution in cities. They can be integrated with regular bike share, or as flexible, longer-term rental schemes to encourage modal shift from cars. In recent years, private sector companies have been rushing to introduce ‘dockless’ (or free-floating) e-bike/bike sharing schemes into cities. However, these schemes can sometimes be short lived. City-led, docked e-bike schemes can provide a longer-term solution to mobility.
A smart lamppost is a lamppost that uses Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and that also includes applications such as WiFi, air quality and parking sensors, video cameras for public security, and electric vehicle (EV) charging. They can also be used by telecom operators as existing infrastructure for next generation mobile networks. The well-proven lighting and maintenance savings of the smart lamppost offer an attractive bankable initiative. The smart lamppost also presents a proven and visible ‘quick win’ for smart cities, and involves relatively mature de-risked technologies.
ENGAGING COMMUNITIES DIGITALLY: DSM
The DSM (Digital Social Market) is a new approach to citizen engagement developed by Sharing Cities’ partner, Future Cities Catapult. DSM uses online engagement to trigger real-life behaviour change. It presents citizens with alternative ways of making a sustainable impact in their communities and neighbourhoods, using peer to peer incentives and rewards. Using an online app customised to the needs and objectives of each city, the DSM supports a stronger connection between cities and citizens, leading to greater uptake of sustainability services.