The global shift towards low-carbon, circular economy has started and its pace is accelerating. To ensure Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods, theEuropean Commission’s low-emission mobility strategysets clear and fair guiding principles to Member States to prepare for the future.
Government Projects & Initiatives
TheGovernment of Canadaand theUS Department of Transportation (DOT)have committed resources on sustainable development strategies focused on preserving and strengthening the transportation system by providing a framework that addresses the three elements of sustainable transportation – social, economic and environmental.
Government Projects & Initiatives
Transport Mobility Management (TMM)is the application of policies and strategies to reduce travel demand, number of vehicle trips generated and encourage mode shift to more sustainable forms of transport. The main objective of the strategy is improving the way of travel, making Abu Dhabi an attractive, efficient and healthier place for the public.
The CIVITAS initiative is co-financed by the EU and it was launched in 2002 to redefine transport measures and policies in order to create cleaner, better transport in cities. Today, they are introducing change to over 200 European cities towards greener transport under one dynamic and very active network.
Over the last ten years it has has helped introduce numerous innovations that have already made transport more eco-friendly in over 60 European metropolitan areas and managed to test over 800 measures and urban transport solutions, supported by the intensive exchange of good practices in the field.
With a focus on smart cities, energy efficiency, transport and mobility, and ICT, SCIS showcases solutions in the fields of sustainable building and district development, energy efficiency and low-carbon technology applications.
The US Department of Transport (USDOT) has pledged up to $40 million to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City“ and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network.
This year’s finalists were: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. Columbus won the $40 million grant in June 2016. In addition, Vulcan Inc. has contributed another $10 million to incorporate electric vehicle infrastructure.
The Embassy of Canada in Rome organized “Smart and the City,” a one day event where leading Canadian and Italian Smart Cities experts created international connections, shared best practices and strategically discussed cutting edge approaches for the future of our global cities.
A repeated message throughout the event was that a city’s success as a Smart City is dependent on prioritizing the people’s needs first. Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Urban Planner of the City of Toronto, also reiterated that “Smart Cities require smart people that know what to do with technology to advance prosperity.”
Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai was established to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors.
Smart Dubai builds on a legacy of innovative programs developed by the Dubai government to drive global competitiveness. Early examples include the launch of Dubai eGovernment in 1999, when global internet penetration was less than 5% of the establishment of the first excellence program of its kind in the world.
The India Smart Cities Challenge is a competition designed to inspire and support municipal officials as they develop smart proposals to improve residents’ lives. The Smart Cities Mission aims to promote economic growth and produce better results for India’s urban citizens.
In 2015, of the 97 cities that submitted their proposals, 20 cities received funding. The Challenge required municipal leaders and their partners to consult the public to develop proposals that were both sound and had a high likelihood of being implemented.