Dr Ahmed Al-Dubai is a Member of Europe Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform.
About Smart Cities
Energy is essential in modern cities. It supports economic activities, allows transport and other infrastructure to function, and provides heat, cooling and electricity for people to live comfortably. Smart Cities distinguish themselves by using innovative solutions for supplying energy more effectively and efficiently, in terms of costs, environmental footprint and/or social impacts.
Urban energy solutions can be innovative in different ways. Cities can use and combine innovative (local) generation technologies for the production of energy, or develop network systems that distribute it more efficiently and manage supply and demand better (smart electricity grids). Innovative solutions also exist on the interfaces of energy supply with other urban systems, such as transport, waste processing and water supply.
About the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform
The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform is about promoting innovation. It aims to accelerate the development and market deployment of energy efficiency and low-carbon technology applications in the urban environment. The Platform supports the EU towards its goal of an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the Europe’s primary energy technology policy, the SET-Plan.
The main focus: technology integration for European cities. Emphasis will be on their integration, which is a key challenge for all SET-Plan technologies, and particularly for Smart Cities’ technologies
To achieve its goal, the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform will set up five groups: three thematic expert (technical) Working Groups (energy supply networks; energy efficiency in buildings; mobility and transport) and two horizontal Coordination Groups (Finance; Roadmap).
The main stakeholders will be technical experts, allowing the platform to draw in expertise from those experts who are directly involved with developing, testing and demonstrating new technologies. Working Groups operate using a bottom-up approach and the overall themes will be fine-tuned by participants based on guidance and the framework provided by the Chairs.