Siemen's Sustainability Program
From Green City Indexes to the Urban Sustainability Centre in London
Brown Bag Lunch Series
March 2, 2011
This session introduced SIEMENS’ pioneering sustainable cities program including Green City Indexes-Europe, LAC and Asia, Sustainable City London and a new Urban Sustainability Centre in London.
Sustainable Urban Infrastructure (pdf 446k)
Stefan Denig, Vice President, Siemens Sustainable Cities Program
The Green City Indexes
Together with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Siemens has conducted a unique study of the environmental sustainability of 30 major European cities that was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. In addition to analyzing these cities’ achievements and objectives in the area of environmental and climate protection, the European Green City Index makes the differences transparent. The study evaluates the 30 cities in eight categories: CO2 emissions; energy; buildings; transportation; water; air quality; waste and land use; and environmental governance. The latest reports in this series have recently been published for Latin America and Asia. Further indices are planned for Germany, US/Canada and Africa. The World Bank Eco2 Team contributed to the development of the Green City Indexes for cities in developing countries as a member of the International Advisory Panel.
Sustainable City London: An implementation study
Building on this, a second research project, conducted by McKinsey & Company and Siemens, assesses a series of technological levers of varying effectiveness, and with different cost implications, which can all contribute to greater environmental sustainability in cities in the future, drawing in particular on the example of London. It is the first comprehensive research focusing on technological and economic implications of a city’s infrastructure management in the fields of energy, buildings and transportation. The encouraging message is that many of the levers to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in urban agglomerations are available today and not only do they help protect the environment, they also pay back from an economic point of view.
Urban Sustainability Centre, London
A new landmark in London’s "Green Enterprise District" will demonstrate Siemens’ dedication to creating sustainable cities and will bring together city decision makers, planners, architects and all those interested in urban sustainability from around the world. This exciting new building will contain conference facilities, research space, and an interactive exhibition. The Urban Sustainability Centre will open in the spring of 2012, and is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors a year.