Smart living, decarbonisation and sustainability

Cities consume more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions – and the planet’s urban population is growing, placing increasing pressures on natural resources.

Researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses have responded by combining domain expertise, data sources, and machine learning and AI to better understand the science behind climate change, and to innovate across a variety of sectors to support smarter urban living.

Following its December 2019 Thought Piece on Disruptive Technologies and Sustainability (, the IEMA Fellows Working Group on Disruptive Technologies and the Digital Economy is collaborating with experts from IEMA policy networks to take a closer look at the role of smart living in decarbonisation and sustainability. This document, scheduled for publication at the beginning of 2021, provides an opportunity to bring in further case studies highlighting the specific role that new technologies and smart systems can play in areas such as infrastructure and waste, the energy sector, agriculture and transport. Should you wish to support this project or submit a case study proposal, please email Marc Jourdan at [email protected]

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