2. ICLEI Member News
Copenhagen adopts energy efficient smart lamps
ICLEI member Copenhagen’s (Denmark) outdoor street lamps are getting an upgrade, with 20,000 energy-efficient LED lamps to be installed in 2016. Energy savings of around 57 percent are expected, which is enough to power 4,500 homes in the Danish capital. In addition to saving energy, the new lights will be fitted with smart capabilities. Maintenance officials will be able to remotely dim or brighten the lamps, and will be automatically alerted if repairs are required.
The technology installed in the lamps will also enable them to detect approaching cyclists and shine extra light, improving journey safety. Around half of Copenhagen’s outdoor street lights will be replaced, with the local government deciding to sell the old models at auction, giving potential buyers the chance to own a piece of Copenhagen history.
The iconic, bowl-shaped lamps have proven extremely popular, with already 3,000 sold for an average of $100 each. The new smart lamps will adhere closely to the historic design, ensuring continuity in Copenhagen’s urban aesthetic. The decision to move to more energy efficient lamps is part of Copenhagen’s drive to be carbon neutral by 2025.
For more information, visit citylab.com.
Image copyright: Photo on Flickr by "Amanda Kelso", licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Strasbourg wins smart city award
A jury of international experts has awarded ICLEI member Strasbourg for its achievements in the field of innovative eco-mobility services. Strasbourg won the smart-city category at the EU-China Smart Mobility City Awards, which showcases the most advanced and innovative projects in terms of smart mobility and green transportation in Europe, China and Asia.
The city was recognised chiefly for its efforts to change travel habits and support innovative projects. Strasbourg opened its data to allow the creation of multi-modal information software, such as the StrasMap, implemented contactless ticketing on its public transport network, and created a new car-sharing initiative.
Strasbourg is also involved in the development of electromobility and is improving the living conditions of residents through the consideration of urban mobility when developing new urban areas, or redeveloping existing neighbourhoods. The Awards, hosted at the China International New Energy Vehicle Show in Hong Kong, were organised by the Jean-Pierre Raffarin Fondation Prospective et Innovation and the China Center for Urban Development.
For more information, visit cinev-hk.com/smartmobility.
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ICLEI members provide examples of good practice in procuring low-carbon transport
The EU-funded TRANSFORM project has gathered examples of good practice in procuring low-carbon public transport in a series of publications. The project focused on the experiences of ICLEI members Barcelona (Spain), Birmingham (United Kingdom) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
A final report explains the journey of the three cities as they incorporated innovative practices when procuring transport and mobility products and services. Two policy briefs have also been produced, discussing the policy issues around procurement in transport as well as the implications from evidence gathered through the pilots in the participating cities and stakeholder workshops.
Finally, the project has developed joint statements of demand, inviting European cities seeking clean urban transport solutions to join the project in communicating collective messages to the market.
For more information, visit transform-europe.eu.
Image copyright: Rotterdam - silver tram (Flickr) by "R/DV/RS", licensed under CC BY 2.0