En­ergy, in­no­va­tion to­gether

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The goal of the Am­s­ter­dam Smart City pro­ject i s t o ex­per­i­ment with smart tech­nolo­gies that save en­ergy and to en­cour­age and en­able sus­tain­able en­ergy choices by those re­sid­ing in Am­s­ter­dam. The pro­ject ad­dresses en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and CO2 emis­sion re­duc­tion and in­no­va­tion-based eco­nomic growth.

The Am­s­ter­dam City Pro­ject fol­lows a 50:50 pub­lic-private model jointly funded by EU, city gov­ern­ment, and private par­tic­i­pants.

A sep­a­rate fund­ing body called the Am­s­ter­dam Smart City foun­da­tion ( ASC) has been cre­ated to over­see smart city ini­tia­tives. The Am­s­ter­dam City Foun­da­tion (ACF) is funded and co-owned by Am­s­ter­dam In­no­va­tion Mo­tor (AIM) and Al­lian­der. While, AIM is a gov­ern­ment en­tity re­ceiv­ing funds by EU, Al­lian­der, a Dutch en­ergy com­pany, is a private par­tic­i­pant. AIM and Al­lian­der are sources for the Fund. ACF man­ages ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds and out­sourc­ing of ser­vices, private par­tic­i­pants and ser­vice providers. The re­cip­i­ents of this fund who help build the smart city are private play­ers such as Philips, Cisco, JC De­caux, IBM, Telem­at­ica, Rabobank, GVB and Far West.

Through this suc­cess­ful fund­ing mech­a­nism, Am­s­ter­dam aims to pro­mote smart and sus­tain­able ur­ban living by re­duc­ing CO2 emis­sions by 40%, from the 1990 lev­els, by 2025. More­over, the Smart En­ergy Pro­ject in Am­s­ter­dam has a mul­ti­tude of stake­hold­ers con­tribut­ing in dif­fer­ent ways to the pro­ject. Cisco is de­vel­op­ing a net­work to con­nect house­hold ap­pli­ances to an en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tem. IBM is work­ing to cre­ate house­hold net­works, in­clud­ing con­nect­ing the home net­work to the In­ter­net. Ac­cen­ture is managing the in­te­gra­tion of smart grid tech­nol­ogy such as smart me­tres. Nuon, a Dutch util­ity, is de­vel­op­ing applications for the en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tem.

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