The Environmental Industries Commission has formally launched a cross-sector free to access smart cities platform, bringing together all those using smart technologies or big data to create cleaner, greener, and more sustainable city environments.
“This initiative meets a real need: bringing together a disparate market; matching cities facing environmental challenges with new, innovative solutions; and providing an evidence base to unlock investment. As a neutral industry broker, EIC is bringing together all the key stakeholders that make this market work, to share best practice, open up new collaborations, and improve the quality of life of citizens living in cities at home and around the world,” states Matthew Farrow, EIC executive director.
SustainableSmartCities.org will assist in the promotion of accelerated industry growth through the following activities:
- Sharing of international case studies and best practice through a new online platform – helping all sectors, from government to industry, learn more efficiently and secure investments.
- Connecting previously isolated stakeholders, creating a nexus of collaboration – through seminars, roundtables, and a series of networking events.
- Providing thought leadership, market intelligence and investment insight – development of in-depth reports on policy and markets, regular blogs from industry and governmental leaders, strategic identification of opportunities for growth.
- Lobbying governments and policy makers for a regulatory framework that supports and encourages innovation and its implementation.
- Fostering needed cross-sectoral collaboration to enable needed change.
Sponsored by AECOM, Bird & Bird, and the Institute for Environmental Analytics, the initiative has been developed over the last three years through extensive stakeholder engagement, renowned research from the Environmental Industries Commission, and essential input across all sectors to turn this industry identified need into reality, including an industry taskforce.