The Crystal – Sustainable Cities
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Wilkins Kennedy, Bridge House, London Bridge, SE1 9QR
"The Crystal - Sustainable Cities"
Cities are the growth engines for their national economies and over 50% of the world's population now live in them. All cities struggle with the ambition to become resilient, sustainable and smart, given budget constraints. And all have to face the same questions: how much will it cost? What is the Return on Investment? How many jobs do I create? How do I reduce GHG emissions and improve air quality? How much more infrastructure do I need if my city grows by thousands of people a year? The Crystal in the East of London was established by Siemens in 2012 to encourage discussion on sustainable urban development. More than 200,000 visitors and 300 delegations from around the world have already visited the building itself to look at the challenges involved in developing a "smart" city and relating these to green and efficient solutions.
Our speaker, Dr Willfried Wienholt from the Global Center of Competence Cities Siemens plc, gave examples on how the cities' challenges can and are being addressed. He also outlined India's 100 Smart Cities initiative, a program of the Indian government to cope with the specific challenges of Indian cities in becoming truly smart.
This event, which includes a buffet with wine and soft drinks, was free of charge to members and their guests