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Smart Future London 27-28 Oct 2014

“Cities harbour the scale for low-emission transport, effective land-use planning, mass retro-fitting, building efficiency, viable water and electricity systems, and product recycling.”

(UNEP, 2014)

Cities In Percentages


human generated carbon emissions from cities


2040 world energy consumption from urban locations (Booz & Co)


2030 world population living in cities (UN)


urban energy consumption growth from 2010 to 2040 (Booz & Co)


London in Numbers*

1 million:

growth in population 2011-2021


new homes required by 2031


extra public transport peak time passengers by 2031

* Smart London Plan


Over half of the world's population lives in cities. We are currently undergoing what has been described as a period of “great migration”, and the UN estimates that cities will be home to 70% of people globally by 2030. Cities are economic powerhouses and account for 80% of global GDP according to the World Bank, so accelerated urbanisation may also mean accelerated economic growth in cities, the hubs of technical innovation and collaboration.

However, rising numbers of increasingly wealthy city dwellers pose a challenge in a world of diminishing natural resources.

According to Booz & Company, cities accounted for 66% of global energy consumption in 2010 and that number is set to climb to 80% by 2040. In terms of actual energy, this implies that demand from cities will almost double by 2040, from 7.5 BTOE (billion tons of oil equivalent) to 14.9 BTOE, according to the Booz & Company forecasts.

Some 80% of human generated carbon emissions come from cities, according to research by Barber (2013). And air quality is increasingly becoming an issue in cities.

Join Cleantech Investor at Smart Future London 2014 on 27 -28 October 2014, to hear expert speakers debate the challenges – and opportunities – resulting from urbanisation.



Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things, a breakfast briefing on 16th July 2014, will address how recent advances in data gathering, management and analysis are opening new markets and business opportunities in the urban regeneration and development space.

It is forecast that up to 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, consuming the vast bulk of the world's resources. New insights and solutions are urgently required to manage these scarce resources efficiently and to operate new and regenerated urban spaces for the benefit of all.

Cisco estimates that US$10-13 trillion will be spent over the next decade on the construction of new cities and retrofitting existing urban spaces, creating an addressable technology market of $400 billion. The smart grid, and the sensor network that will support the management of big data flows, is already in development, with new generations of sensor networks in public and private managed physical spaces under deployment. The real questions are: Which technology areas provide the greatest growth opportunities? and: How is the market likely to develop?





LowCVP Sustainable Urban Mobility Challenge 2012

First published in Cleantech magazine Issue 5, 2012

With over half of the world’s growing population living in urban environments, city transport is an increasingly acute challenge for city dwellers and governments alike. Cities suffer a particular problem in the form of air pollution. The LowCVP, however, set out to identify potential technology solutions to the low carbon challenge.

The LowCVP’s 2012 Technology Challenge, based around low carbon urban mobility ideas, aimed to accelerate the market introduction of new and innovative products and technologies, and to identify the most promising new ideas. It also aimed to provide an opportunity to emergent supply chain companies and technology developers, to promote themselves and add credibility to their low carbon urban mobility solutions.

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