Amsterdam has set its sights on becoming Europe’s first “intelligent” city, with an initiative to incorporate a smart grid, smart meters, electric vehicles and “smart” building design.
The goal is to reduce energy consumption in commercial properties, public buildings and areas, housing and transportation.
The city has chosen Accenture to help integrate the technologies. In March, Accenture launched the Intelligent City Network to coordinate efforts of utilities and city managers who seek to deploy smart grids.
Amsterdam recently launched the first phase of its low-carbon project, according to a press release, which includes:
As part of the move to become an intelligent city, Amsterdam is creating a so-called “green energy” company, according to NIS News.
The city hopes to supply a third of its electricity needs with local renewable energy sources by 2025.
The city also hopes by 2025 to slash its CO2 emissions by 40 percent, from 1990 levels.