Smart and Sustainable Cities

Smart and Sustainable Cities
2016 - present
A new strategic direction for greening our cities and making them smart to reduce the environmental impact of their performance, increase employment and economic viability, and to enhance the quality of life requires a thorough assessment of sustainability and smart urban performance. This paper considers a database of over 90 global cities including London, New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo exploring linkages between different sustainability and smart city dimensions. To assess urban sustainability performance, this study applied a multi‐criteria approach using a panel of 20 indicators to a set of 57 global cities. The assessment comprised important aspects of energy transitions, focusing on the drivers of CO2 emissions in cities, including the share of coal in the energy mix, public transport and cycling patterns, waste recycling, the water‐energy nexus, as well as the role of smart and creative economy. The results show that San Francisco leads in economic and environmental priorities, and Stockholm leads in
social and smart city priorities. Seoul consistently performs very successfully across the whole spectrum of indicators. We devote considerable attention to the strategies, policies and performance of the leading cities, namely, San Francisco, Stockholm and Seoul. This assessment could be a valuable tool for policy‐makers and
investors, and could help identify linkages between different sustainability dimensions, as well as investment opportunities in cities with sustainability potential.
Stanislav Shmelev Multidimensional Benchmarking for Smart and Sustainable Cities
UN HABITAT World Urban Forum
Environment Europe has taken part in the Unite Nations World Urban Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we organized a panel discussion on Multidimensional Sustainability Benchmarking for Smart Cities and Regions. Representatives of the following organizations were invited to share their views on different ways of assessing urban sustainability: UN HABITAT, UNDP, OECD, National University of Singapore and, of course, Environment Europe. More information about our panel is available following the link below:

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Oxford Forum for Sustainable Cities
Oxford Forum for Sustainable Cities explored the state of the art and policy applications in sustainable urban development, drawing on the expertise of the leading experts in the field. With a clear interdisciplinary and sustainable development focus, the forum brought together practitioners, experts and policy makers form range of disciplines: regenerative cities, sustainable urbanism, renewable energy, sustainable transport, ecological economics, environmental sciences, geography, architecture, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability in the urban context. At its source of inspiration, the forum had a range of ecological economic ideas, namely material balance approach, multidimensional assessment of sustainability, and thinking beyond GDP. Particular attention was paid to sustainable urbanism, green economy and new architecture in the context of London and beyond.

The important contributions to the forum were made by the leading urban sustainability thinkers and practitioners: Sustainable Cities: A Pathway towards a Regenerative City (Prof. Herbert Girardet, World Future Council); Green Capital of Europe (Dr Stefan Speck, European Environment Agency, Denmark). A Sustainable Transport System (Transport for London, UK), Multidimensional Sustainability Benchmarking for Megacities (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK), Sustainable Urbanism (Prof. Bill Dunster, ZedFactory, UK), Development of Renewable Energy around the World: The Urban Trends (Prof. Dave Elliott, The Open University, UK), New and Sustainable Architecture (Foster and Partners, UK), Policies for a Sustainable London (Mayor of London's Office, UK), Smart and Sustainable City, The View of the Industry (Siemens, Germany), Ecological Consciousness: Values, Attitudes and Decision Making (Prof. Irina Shmeleva, Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies), Operational Sustainability in the Corporate World (Price Waterhouse Coopers, UK).
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Sustainable Cities
A series of international interdisciplinary workshops focused on urban sustainability with a focus on London and St Petersburg – the second and the fourth largest cities in Europe. The two workshops held at the University of Oxford and St Petersburg State University gathered the leading specialists in urban design, environmental psychology, ecological economics, sustainable transport, renewable energy, material flows and waste management to discuss urban sustainability issues. A methodology for urban sustainability assessment has been developed. The workshops resulted in a special issue of the International Journal for Sustainable Development and a book, Sustainable Urban Development: an Interdisciplinary Approach.
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