Information Marketplaces

The New Economics of Cities
Reading time: 27 minutes
29 November 2011

As part of our SMART2020 programInformation Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities, is written in partnership with The Climate Group, Arup, Accenture, Horizon and the University of Nottingham, and investigates how technology can be used in cities to meet the growing challenges of expanding urbanization.

A Clean Revolution is quietly underway around the world. It is a revolution based on leadership and the belief in a better, more prosperous future for the 9 billion people that will be on the planet by 2050. And most of those 9 billion people are going to be living in cities.

The 21st century is an urban century, and cities are going to be in the forefront of driving the Clean Revolution forward.

Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities, shows how a smart, technology-enabled city is an untapped source of clean energy growth and will pay off hugely in the coming decades if we act now.

This report will inspire city leaders across the world to take transformational action on the low carbon economy and bring on board private sector partners who will benefit by providing “smart” solutions, and unlocking the technology, infrastructure and public data needed for a smarter, cleaner, better world for all.

We would like to offer our thanks to HSBC and Cisco.

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