The world's population is growing and concentrating in cities. This is a process that started with the industrial revolution two hundred years ago and is still on-going in an intense way. A 2011 UN report on human settlements estimates that 70% of the world's population will be living in cities by 2050. In this context, cities need to develop an economic and environmentally sustainable growth in order to improve the quality of life for all.
Cities will have a major role dealing with the fundamental challenges of the 21st century: climate change and other environmental threats; high consumption of non-renewable resources; economic development; growing populations; and ageing infrastructures.
In this context, the Smart City Expo World Congress is the meeting point for companies, public administration, entrepreneurs and research centres to show, learn, share, network and gather inspiration to support today’s development of future cities.
The event will be composed of an Exhibition Area, showcasing innovative companies and reference cities already implementing the smart city initiative, and the World Congress, which will see key note speakers introduce and debate pioneering approaches.
The Smart City World Congress covered topics are:
Technology & innovation
Collaborative city & the smart society
Sustainable built environment
Governance & economy
City resilience & security
Smart drivers in the Congress.
An integrated vision of all interacting areas in the development of smart cities. The Smart City Expo World Congress is built around the concept of a "Smart Society for innovative and sustainable cities".
Of particular importance is the Sustainable built environment:
The world is facing major environmental challenges, and cities are major consumers of energy and natural resources.
A sustainable built environment tackles the environmental challenges of the space where we live and work. Cities must care and protect the environment, and integrate different kinds of green spaces, urban agriculture, urban services and urban utilities into a new urban model.
On cities energy, new decentralised infrastructures for energy production are being explored and also new ways for building zero carbon housing, both for new and existing housing stocks.
Waste and water management has to evolve from today’s recycling model to a new model that includes the product lifecycle, inverse logistics procedures and waste/water consumption reduction.
The problem of emissions and climate change, and the most updated solutions and proposals for reducing CO2 emissions, adapting and mitigating climate change.