Smart Cities mitigating climate change

IEC advocacy in the G7 Climate change magazine

By Janice Blondeau

To mark the occasion of the G7, held in Schloss Elmau, Germany, on 7 and 8 June under the chairmanship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the IEC published an article about its contribution in dealing with climate change in Smart Cities, written by Frans Vreeswijk.

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Smart Cities promise both a sustainable energy solution to the challenges of urban environment and improved quality of life for city-dwellers across the world

IEC role in making Smart Cities a reality

Smart Cities promise both a sustainable energy solution to the challenges of the urban environment and improved quality of life for the millions of city-dwellers across the world.

On the occasion of the G7, Climate Change – The New Economy magazine published a special issue addressing climate change. IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk wrote an article which focused on how the IEC global platform is playing an important role in the development of sustainable Smart Cities, Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities.

Common focus

Going forward, multi-sectorial, international collaboration must continue, as specialized knowledge and relevant expertise from many different organizations is vital to make Smart Cities a reality. In the article, the IEC General Secretary and CEO noted that one single organization is not able to develop all the standards that are required for the increasingly large and complex systems that are needed for truly Smart Cities. The IEC neutral and independent global platform will play an important role in stimulating this cooperation.

Here is an excerpt of the IEC article:
“Cities are central to any solution to the global climate, energy and environmental challenges. As well as being home to around half the world’s population and generating around 80% of global GDP, cities and urban areas are responsible for around 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.1

ithout a coherent strategy to run cities more efficiently, global targets on greenhouse gas emissions and the ambitions for sustainable growth cannot be achieved. Smart Cities promise both a sustainable energy solution to the challenges of the urban environment and improved quality of life [..]. Only if we combine our forces, can we achieve sustainable Smart Cities.”

IEC at work

IEC Systems Evaluation Group (SEG) 1 was created as part of the systems approach to manage Smart City standardization needs. The SEG 1 on Smart Cities is preparing an inventory of existing standards, a reference architecture model and a roadmap based on the recommendations of its Working Groups and Task Groups. SEG 1 is due to submit a final report in June 2015 and will most likely be transformed into a Systems Committee (SyC) later in the year.

Many IEC Technical Committees (TCs) also enable the development of Smart Cities.  A non-exhaustive list of these includes the following:

  • IEC TC 8: Systems aspects for electrical energy supply. Subcommittee (SC) 8A will develop Standards for the grid integration of large-capacity renewable energy (RE) generation.
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange.
  • Standards prepared by IEC TC 82 and IEC TC 88 cover generation from solar photovoltaic and wind energy sources, form an integral part of the overall portfolio of Smart Grid Standards.
  • IEC Project Committee (PC) 118: Smart grid user interface develops standardization in the field of information exchange for demand response and in connecting demand side equipment and/or systems into the Smart Grid.
  • TC 65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, and its SCs, as well as TCs involved in storage (rechargeable batteries) and fuel cell technologies (TC 21 and TC 105) – to name some of the Technical Committees which contribute to the IEC ‘smart’ project portfolio, without which Smart Cities would never become a reality.

Climate Change – the New Economy

Read the full IEC article Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities here

Read G7 magazine Climate Change – the New Economy here

IEC White Paper Orchestrating Infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities

1. The New Climate Economy Report, The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

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White Paper Cover Smart Cities The IEC White Paper "Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities" provides the what, who and how of Smart City development
smart city skyscrapers Smart Cities promise both a sustainable energy solution to the challenges of urban environment and improved quality of life for city-dwellers across the world