Zero emissions and a better quality of life: “That's Smart City”

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A plan for the total reduction of CO2 emissions. The primary objective is to improve the environment and significantly reduce the risk of natural disasters. Innovate transport and mobility, inviting people to change their habits and thus improving the quality of their lives.

This is the identikit of Smart City, defined by IESE Business School. We are talking about the cities of the future that base their existence, first of all, on three specific resources: 1) The development of a plant flora that "coexists" and accompanies people's lives every day, making them breathe "green" air ”, clean and sustainable; 2) Recycling and use of water, as well as other recyclable materials to produce alternative and autonomous energy; 3) A new form of organic and sustainable agriculture, "ready to take center stage" within urban areas and become one of the pillars of the city's economy.

This is the way to live in a clean environment, with zero emissions, therefore with zero environmental impact.

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In Smart Cities or futuristic cities for man and the planet, a new mobility is advancing: Smart Mobility (Photo: Freepik website)

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A real path of change that also involves another aspect: mobility. For some time, the world has been talking about having alternative mobility, with efficient and innovative transport at very low environmental impact if not nothing at all, and with the bicycle which in a few years, at least in some parts of the globe, could completely replace the car.

The plan to get to adopt this new form of mobility, sustainable mobility, precisely involves: 1) the circulation on the roads of one hundred percent hydrogen and electric vehicles; 2) the design and construction of cycle paths with the intention of reducing the use of the standard car and replacing it with the bicycle or, alternatively, with electric scooters or scooters; 3) aim, possibly by 2035, for the total electrification and modernization of the existing vehicle fleet; 4) introduce new forms of mobility, also resorting to the use of special drones. The latter are already used by more than a few logistics operators for transport and shipping operations.

The magnificent ten smart cities according to the IESE report

Ten cities, scattered across theEurope and for the IT world;, have been defined as “Smart” from the latest report, “IESE Cities in Motion“, presented by IESE Business School At the end of August.

We are talking about cities with famous names: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, New York, Paris, Oslo, Singapore, Tokyo Washington.

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Why the need to have Smart Cities or futuristic cities?

High tech, artificial intelligence, new IT services, above all a new type of WiFi connection, plus the improvement of infrastructure, transport and services. These are the main factors that contributed, and not a little, to this definition and, consequent, drafting of the ranking.

Equally positive and convincing was the program adopted by all these cities for the decarbonisation of transport, with the official introduction of hydrogen vehicles, and a program aiming at the total reduction of carbon emissions (CO2).

A reduction which, obviously, must start from the process of total electrification of vehicles, especially cars. No more petrol vehicles, but one hundred percent "full electric".

The modernization of infrastructures, both road and otherwise, must also play its part: it is no coincidence that for some time now more than one person has introduced, with concrete facts, the concept of sustainable building.

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Amsterdam is among the top 10 Smart Cities in Europe and the world, representing a point of reference (Photo: Pixabay website)

Amsterdam (Holland): new one hundred percent green policies

It is and will always remain, first and foremost, the city of tulips. In past years, exaggerating a little, more than one person has definitively defined it as "Venezia" by Netherlands.

A platform has been created, Amsterdam Smart City, which focuses all its attention on innovation.

Amsterdam Smart City opens its doors, brings together innovation professionals from different sectors or entities: from Government, companies, up to institutions, and Organizations of civil society.

The purpose of this meeting of professionalism and skills is the planning and development of the city and region of the future.

This offers a meeting place, a work space that can also be online or in streaming, for challenges and solutions aimed at improving life in metropolitan areas.

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La city ​​of amsterdam, as it is obvious, is the one at the center of particular attention of this community where innovation and sustainability professionals share updates, opportunities, challenges, projects and events on smart cities.

On the mobility front, the "Orange City” she is known for her endless love of cycling.

The bicycle is and remains in first place in the minds and hearts of the Dutch "tulips", but other new forms of mobility are gradually being introduced which aim at the total exclusion of emissions and a "full green" life.

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Berlin: yesterday divided, today a leader in unlimited mobility, in its capacity as the capital of a modern Germany (Photo: Pixabay website)

Berlin (Germany): yesterday divided, today leader in unlimited mobility

Unfortunately, it has become known for having been the city blocked and divided by the terrible for many years Iron Curtain. The beginning of its rebirth dates back to 1989, with the political weakening of the old USSR, and the subsequent fall of its historic Wall. Today only the distant memory of that Wall remains, depicted and told by Brandenburg Gate.

For years now, we have no longer been able to talk about a divided city East Berlin e West. Walls, divisions and suffering are a distant memory.

Today, let's talk about one Berlin one. A city already reborn in the second half of the 90s, today an increasingly popular destination for tourists and, for this reason, a city that constantly aims for renewal.

The infrastructures have been improved, made more efficient as well as the public transport services, now on schedule Smart and with the newborn service of “Mobility As A Service".

What is Mobility as a service?

Those who join and subscribe to this type of service make a monthly subscription that allows them to travel, at sustainable prices, on board cars, surface vehicles, use bike sharing, taxi service, travel on trains, and much more.

All services can be used in a single monthly subscription and with a single application.

There are several European and world capitals that offer residents and tourists such practical and eco-sustainable services, like the German capital.

A complete and “all in one” service

The city works every day to improve infrastructure and transport. It did this by allowing its citizens to use a specific service, through the use of an application, as already mentioned before.

Within this App, there is the availability of transport and mobility services, both public and private: in addition, every citizen or tourist who comes to visit the city can also use shared mobility services.

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Copenhagen in Denmark: from there a "green" Viking mobility focused on the bicycle (Photo: Pixabay website)

Copenhagen (Denmark): “green” Viking mobility and by bicycle

In the land of the Vikings, social cohesion and sustainability are the two themes and objectives that are dear to the entire Danish community, but even more so to Copenhagen.

It has always been a capital which, together with the other metropolises of Denmark, has never experienced problems of high vehicle traffic and therefore high CO2 emissions on the mobility front.

Despite practicing, by habit and culture, a policy aimed, always and constantly, at respecting the environment, never before have the Danes been so determined to become "carbon neutral". Objective that, possibly, the entire nation wants to achieve by 2025.

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If she's next door Oslo, as we will see later, is the pioneer of electric mobility, Copenhagen has always been a forerunner of sustainable mobility with the sole use of the bicycle.

Riding a bicycle is by no means an absolute novelty: the Danes have been doing it every day and for 50 years. This has resulted in low CO2 emissions, which today have been reduced by 80 percent.

The city has moved to improve infrastructure; after the terrible flood of a few years ago and the humiliation of not having an adequate water disposal system, National government e local administration they took action and many roads were literally changed.

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The renovation work for the rebirth of Copenhagen saw, precisely, the elimination of natural asphalt, replaced with a grassy surface, capable of absorbing water much more easily in the event of heavy rain.

The Copenhagen sustainable program is characterized by these four steps: 1) intelligent management of energy consumption; 2) high energy efficiency; 3) “green” and sustainable mobility; 4) a series of initiatives by local authorities for the environment, environmental health, climate, and population.

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London in Great Britain: London citizens have quickly converted to the “Ultra Low Emission Zones” (Photo: Pixabay website)

London (United Kingdom): Londoners converted to "Ultra Low Emission Zone"

Ancient, medieval city. In the modern era, it has always been a city of economics, finance, and big business.

Both before the Brexit that after leaving theEuropean Union, it has continued to be one of the strongest global economies in Europe and the rest of the world. Governance and urban development have ensured that London ranked first in the index drawn up by IESE.

What are the ULEZs of the smart city of Albion

ULEZ or, to put it better, Ultra Low Emission Zone. They are areas or neighborhoods of the city where, by order of the local administration, access to traffic by petrol or diesel vehicles, which are decidedly more polluting, is regulated on the basis of established days and times.

The city of the legendary “Big Bang” decided to experiment with ULEZ.

It began by limiting access to high-emission vehicle traffic in some areas of the city and, from August 28, extended its "Ultra Low Emission Zones", reaching as far as the suburbs and Heathrow airport.

In four years, since 2019, harmful emissions from those vehicles, regularly authorized to pass through the historic center of the city, have been significantly reduced. Outside of central London, many residents have become convinced to leave their cars in the car park, in front of their house, or in the garage.

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New York (USA): the Big Apple remains a city that lives to innovate

It is said that, after the dramatic attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent fall of the historic Twin Towers, Big Apple has changed a lot in her soul.

However, despite the difficult moments experienced for 22 years now, including the pandemic period, the city of New York she has always wanted to show that great extra gear that has always allowed her to get back on her feet and work for development and progress.

It is a metropolis that continues its existence in the name of evolution.

Economically it is a very strong city, where there is no shortage of important investments, and the innovation process has also involved mobility/transport and the environment.

In fact, special sensors have been installed which, day by day, monitor movements in the city and waste sorting.

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Environment and transport are the two pillars for a quality of life that is always at the top.

Norwegian citizens, national politicians and local administrations are strongly convinced of this and are working together on a series of projects aimed at achieving these specific objectives.

Oslo, with its plan to fully achieve sustainable objectives, has earned the reputation of a pioneer of transport and electric mobility.

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For some time, the capital of Norway works at 360 degrees to educate its inhabitants about the culture of "full electric" transport and mobility without any type of emissions.

Around 9 out of ten Norwegians have converted to electric cars and the number of charging stations has increased significantly.

Oslo's main, perhaps only, objective is to become a truly "green" laboratory.

Furthermore, we want to speed up the process by reaching 2030 with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of around 95 percent.

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Paris (France): ZTL galore and more cycle paths for residents

In the city of Eiffel Tower, The Champs-Elysees, the Louvre, And Montmartre, you want to live in a sustainable way, with zero environmental impact.

The Parisians, along with the rest of the France, they hope to eradicate carbon, thus becoming “carbon neutral” by 2050.

To do this, an environmental sustainability plan is necessary that focuses on green infrastructure, efficient transport and mobility, both with zero emissions.

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After the Paris Agreements on the climate of eight years ago, the French political leaders have committed to strengthening infrastructure and transport, thus offering the entire city mobility with very low emissions.

La French capitalOn this front, it has worked hard to try, immediately, to fill that gap and achieve those sustainability objectives requested by climate experts.

From 2015 to today, Parisians have known and seen Limited Traffic Zones, a greater availability of cycle paths and walking routes, breathing decidedly cleaner and healthier air.

A very significant result, especially in view of next year's Olympics.

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A well-known, dynamic, constantly moving city-state that has always made evolution its "daily bread".

Il IESE report put it in the list of Smart City thanks to the program “Smart Nation”.

A plan with which various technologies have been introduced which have led to greater development and modernization of various sectors, infrastructure, mobility and transport among all.

Smart Nation: what it is, why and the possible advantages

Smart Nation or “intelligent nation” is an identikit of Singapore which would play a slightly different role from Standard Singapore that is known. Its inhabitants would have a better life, with greater satisfaction.

This, thanks to technological progress which would offer these people greater opportunities.

It is a technology which would also have a certain weight within corporate life, where the advantages and benefits of the digital economy can be better understood.

The prime minister Lee Hsien Loong  has always believed in this ambitious project since its inauguration almost 10 years ago, in 2014.

Smart Nation is an integral part of the next phase of construction of the “Nation of Singapore”.

A real revolution, digital-technological indeed, which will involve the planets of education, healthcare, transport and urban planning.

Roads, residential neighborhoods, and homes will be safer, thanks to the help of special sensors that would monitor the situation.

A big step forward has been made: with Smart Nation, Singapore, until yesterday an independent city, tomorrow it will become a real one State with great ambitions.

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Tokyo (Japan): fully sustainable micromobility and hydrogen vehicles

Thanks to the initiatives, development plans and designs put in place by various automotive and transport giants, the Land of the Rising Sun he is one of the first to believe in 100 percent "green" transport and mobility.

This, thanks to the introduction, without any doubt whatsoever, of hydrogen vehicles: hydrogen which, in the current state of affairs, is the number one enemy of oil companies.

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Il Japan, and all or almost all Japanese, blindly believe in the program of decarbonization total infrastructure, mobility, and transport.

Going into the merits of the issue, one cannot help but talk about "Future Tokyo: Tokyo's Long-Term”. 

It is the long-term strategy adopted by the city and the entire Japanese country to have sustainable transport.

Approved by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), wants to offer citizens zero-emission transport and various services micro-mobility.

How to Berlin, also Tokyo has converted to the services of “Mobility As A Service” and, three years ago, on the occasion of Olympic Games 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic da COVID-19, a glossary entirely dedicated to sustainable mobility.

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Washington (USA): better lighting with smart streetlights

It doesn't make people talk about itself just because of the presence of White House and its privileged tenant, the President of the United States of America.

Washington it is proving to be a very innovative city, categorically denying those who have never believed or looked favorably on its evolution.

Special street lamps, defined as "intelligent street lamps", have recently been adopted to improve the urban and street lighting system.

In addition, the services have been significantly enhanced WiFi.

The latter are available free of charge, installed in every point or main street of the city, thus allowing each citizen to connect in real time to read news, find moments of leisure, obtain specific information, always in real time.

Like New York, also Washington works to offer residents a modern waste management system, oriented towards sustainability.

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Cutting-edge materials and technology: the three “keys” of Terra Solida

A city aiming for flooding sustainability, must start from two indispensable pillars: infrastructure and technology. Both must be cutting-edge, promote energy development autonomously, not pollute, and maintain the health of the environment.

Prerequisites for living well and in community. On this point, the Italian company Solid Earth carries out a very specific work program.

So far, several significant works have been carried out which have presented, in the eyes of professionals and non-experts alike, cities or residential areas with road pavements designed with new, clean materials with zero environmental impact, also better in terms of appearance. aesthetic.

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Just think of the mixed granular paving that today covers the naturalistic path of Muzza towpath in Cassano d'Adda (Milano), the eco-friendly cycle/pedestrian path of Ponte San Giovanni (Perugia), the new road cycle path Pinerolo windows (Torino), and the new Vanessa Russo Park a Roma.

These are only four of the many works carried out by this company. Significant works that offer alternative, sustainable mobility that respects people, the environment and health.

What has been described is everything that revolves around Smart City. The cities of tomorrow, already out of their embryonic phase and not so far from completing their development.

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