The UK-based Environmental Industries Commission, a trade association for the environmental tech and services sector, has rolled out the Sustainablesmartcities.org hub. The online destination will provide an industry-led resource for all organisations leaning on smart tech and big data to create cleaner, greener, and more sustainable cities.
The hub will provide thought-leadership, market intelligence an investment insight, connect people and encourage partnerships, plus lobby governments and policymakers to develop a regulatory framework that supports and encourages innovation.
Current case studies on the website include The Copenhagen Wheel from Superpedestrian that captures kinetic energy when cyclists brake or head downhill and than provides assistance via its electric motor powered wheel. There are also Big Belly solar-powered rubbish bins fitted with volume sensors to detect how full bins are along with a compressor mechanism to compress existing rubbish.
“As a neutral industry broker, the EIC is bringing together all the key stakeholders that make this market work, to share best practice, open up new collaborations, and improve the quality of life of citizens living in cities at home and around the world,” says EIC executive director Matthew Farrow.