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SMART 2020

Enabling the low carbon society through information and communication technologies

Whether ICT is used to drive behaviour change or efficiency, it will be a crucial enabling force behind the transition to a viable society that breaks our reliance on fossil fuels. Molly Webb and industry guests are the authors of the blog. Molly co-authored the SMART 2020 report and directs The Climate Group's work on ICT and climate change.

  • Mining the Surplus City

    07 December 2011

    With over 50% of us living in urban areas, how do we make them more sustainable? One set of tools in our arsenal is the increasingly ubiquitous information and communications technologies that drive our global economies to be ever more integrated and productive.

    New York City skyline solar
  • Campuses as Smarter City Test Beds

    23 November 2011

    Jerry Sheehan, Chief of Staff, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, guest blogs for us on campuses as 'smarter city' test beds.

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  • Intelligent cities are also green cities

    09 November 2011

    Review of Intelligent Cities Expo, Hamburg, where the theme is governance. What are the initiatives underway in Europe and around the world to support cities in meeting their challenges through ‘intelligent’ solutions?

  • Vision for a 'shareable' city

    11 August 2011

    Alex Steffen (author of World Changing) describes in his recently-posted TED talk a version of what The Climate Group is calling the Clean Revolution. It describes how we will need to live differently when 8 billion of us are living in or near cities, and the signs today of what is to come.

    Melbourne skyscraper, buildings
  • Is today’s energy bill costing me less than yesterday’s?

    08 August 2011

    Why don’t we care much about our energy bills? Well, it is very hard to care about something that you don’t seem to be able to control, even if it is expensive or the prices are going up. Most of us probably have no idea whether our bill is up or down from last month, or whether we’re consuming more today than yesterday.

    India clean renewable energy
  • Moving ICT to the clouds

    12 July 2011

    Cloud computing reduces carbon emissions by using energy more efficiently.

  • Adopt smart grids to foster innovation and jobs

    12 July 2011

    A smart grid enables a clean energy future. The Climate Group's SMART 2020 report showed that a smart grid can deliver 2 Gt CO2 equivalent savings in 2020, globally, or four times the size of the UK's carbon footprint.

    Information and communications technologies
  • Why smart cities will help save the world

    12 January 2011

    The carbon impact of data centres and whether companies should switch to cloud computing.

    HK city at night
  • Hello World in 2011 (and goodbye to 2010)

    04 January 2011

    Summary of key trends in ICT and climate change, and predictions for 2011.

  • I want my 'smart' home! Or do I?

    26 October 2010

    Are consumers getting the best designed 'smart' services and benefits that smart meters, home energy management systems and smart grid can provide?


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