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James Bell
yesterday
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Christchurch, a relatively small city in the South Island of New Zealand was severely hit by earthquakes in the years 2010 and 2011. The devastation shook the place with a loss of 185 lives, destruction of many homes and demolition of over 1300 buildings which included many of the heritage sites of the city. Due to the widespread destruction, the economy of New Zealand faced a $40 billion hit.

Since then, Christchurch has been preparing itself against future earthquakes and forging ahead to transform the place into a smart city that is built around resiliency. It is fighting the challenges like climate change by making the city a test bed for technological innovation.

Marc Van Steyvoort
2 weeks ago
Marc Van Steyvoort
Co-Founder at LABCITIES

In the past few years, Schneider Electric — a global specialist in energy management and automation — has partnered with its customers around the world in various capacities to co-create smart solutions for a more sustainable future. It focuses its energy on prioritizing resource productivity and management, promoting energy efficiency and rethinking energy consumption. It has also adopted science-based emissions targets and helped its clients set their own.

https://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/cleantech/sustainable_brands/qa_schneider_electric_banking_science_smarter_cities_pow

James Bell
last month
James Bell
Smart City Expert

The climate in the Caribbean region is “unfamiliar”, “unpredictable”, and “urgent” as explained by Dr. Michael Taylor, Physicist at the University Of the West Indies. Going by the need, an extraordinary league of global giants is spearheading a transformation initiative to make the region the first-ever climate-smart zone of the world.

This part of the story is for those who are unfamiliar with the climate impact in the Caribbean islands. The Caribbean is hit by hurricanes every year, disrupting the economy as well as lives. One year back in 2017, two category five hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the eastern Caribbean leaving the region in darkness and drought – with the communications cut off.

Marc Van Steyvoort
last month
Marc Van Steyvoort
Co-Founder at LABCITIES

Every generation is living in “modern times.” Adam Kirsch, a poet and literary critic, noted that all generations like to think of themselves as living in an age of unprecedented disruption.

Like countless generations before us, we are worried about the impact of technology on society. In fact people have always approached new technologies with a mix of pride and trepidation, from the printing press and automated looms, to electricity and the telephone.

James Bell
last month
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Cities are eating up energy at a pace which accounts for 80% of CO2 emissions globally. And the most energy-hungry infrastructure in cities is nothing but the buildings which consume 41% of the worldwide energy, as reported by the US Green Building Council. The statistics don’t even approximate to the other two biggest urban energy consumers namely the industrial sector (30%) and the transportation sector (29%).

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