Smart Cities combine technological and non-technological solutions to overcome challenges and foster their sustainability. A range of examples of how cities draw on technological and non-technological innovation to address urban challenges through their smart city initiatives were presented at the Smart CITIES 2.0 conference, held by ICLEI at Metropolitan Solutions in Berlin on June 1-2.
ICLEI was delighted to welcome leading figures from Chinese cities, institutions and government to Berlin for the Sustainable Urban China conference, which took place on the opening day of Metropolitan Solutions 2015. Aixing Han (Deputy Director General, Department of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Science and Technology, Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development, Beijing, China) emphasized
Urban Sustainability needs City-Business Cooperation The impetus for sustainable development generally comes from local governments: they are the drivers of sustainability in cities and advocates of citizens’ needs. However, there are limits to what city leaders can achieve on their own. Many urban systems, including those of food, energy, waste, water and transportation, are partly