Energy management is one of the most demanding issues within urban areas. Cities, indeed, represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and are set to host three quarters of the world's population in 2050.
To cope with this continued urban growth, new alternatives to manage cities and make them more energy effective are necessary. Digital technologies can play a pivotal role in this, making a rational and responsible use of resources. In fact, many ICT-based systems have already been proposed and tested in order to solve a wide variety of issues within the Smart City, such as: public lighting optimization, efficient energy use in buildings and other infrastructures, traffic management, air quality improvement, etc.
On the other hand, the emergence of The Internet of Things (IoT), which enables the connection of almost every city-element to the Internet, provides a huge and appealing amount of data to the Smart City ecosystem. These data also create value by enriching the offer and quality of applications conceived for the management of the city infrastructures.
Considering all the above, this High Level Conference aims to show examples on how ICTs and IoT technologies are currently creating value towards an energy transition by reducing energy consumption and improving management of infrastructures in urban areas.
This High-Level Conference is being run as part of the European Cooperation Network on Energy Transition in Electricity - TR@NSENER – project. This European project, financed by FEDER funds, is led by the French University Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and includes the participation of the Foundation for Energy Sustainability (FUNSEAM), the Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the University of Beira Interior, the CIRCE Foundation, PROMES and the Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA). TR@NSENER aims to contribute to transnational cooperation in order to solve common problems in the southwestern region of Europe.