Measurements matter for smart cities

All types of companies are now working harder than ever to make urban areas more efficient and more sustainable. More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This trend is expected to continue and by 2050 the United Nations estimates that nearly 69% of humanity will live in cities.

This ongoing shift is putting more strain on our energy infrastructure, food and water supplies, transport systems, housing stocks and natural resources. All together, these impacts form the basis for the whole smart-city movement, unless we start making our urban areas more efficient, there is no way they can continue to support the growing demands placed upon them by our population,
The only way we can manage efficiency in food, water, energy, transport and other necessities is my measuring it first. Good progress has been made in some areas.

Industry leaders are taking the first step to become greener and having less impact on the environment. For example car manufacturers are now introducing electric cars. Stationery supplies leader Wiles Greenworld based in West London has total control over their waste. By reducing their waste to landfill to 0% their impact on the environment is minimal and they support activities such as recycling.

The main message which is illustrated by these industry leaders is that everyone should measure their impact on the environment and consider the harm that they are doing to the future. By putting procedures in place such as measuring waste, water using and changing to alternatives where possible homes and offices in urban areas can become more energy efficient.

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