Keywords: smart infrastructures, smart grid, fibre to the home, ecosystems, growth, services products, SMEs, small and medium–sized enterprises, user centric, living lab, sustainable energy, carbon reduction, sustainable development, sustainability, energy transition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, renewable energy, sustainable living, sustainable work, mobility, public space, intelligent technology, smart metering, critical infrastructures, smart cities
Supporting sustainability through smart infrastructures: the case for the city of Amsterdam
With more than half the world's population living in densely populated cities, cities are the best platform to share energy, ideas and enthusiasm to build a movement towards a more sustainable future, enabled by a new generation of grids. Some of the key questions are how to create initiatives with substantial impact to reach sustainable energy and carbon reduction goals, how can cities mobilise their inhabitants to sense the urgency and take action, and how can cities mobilise businesses to realise technologies that support the energy transition. Together with local grid operator, the City of Amsterdam recognised this challenge. The programme Amsterdam Smart City is designed around a continuously growing innovative alliance of partners, containing both public and private parties from all different sectors, focusing on four areas (sustainable living, working, mobility and public space), and all enabled by intelligent technologies like smart meter or smart grid technology.