CUD Global Conference Amsterdam Breakout Sessions

The Connected Urban Development Conference included breakout sessions in which attendees learned how information and communications technology ICT and broadband technology can help cities address issues regarding global climate change. Attendees learned how cities are using innovative solutions to increase the efficiency of traffic, manage public transportation systems better, create sustainable real estate models and new work environments, establish new models for public services, and enable city residents to self-manage their carbon footprints.

Breakout Sessions
Each workshop was held in two sessions, September 23 and 24. Day 1 sessions focused on models, innovations, and solutions. Day 2 sessions provided a visionary exchange on the session topic.

Connected and Sustainable Mobility

Overview
Increased carbon emissions, congested roads, rising transportation-infrastructure costs, and increased energy consumption are just some of the biggest challenges cities face today. Solving these problems requires new approaches to urban mobility—solutions that improve quality of life, urban environments, and resource efficiency while respecting the environment.

The Connected and Sustainable Mobility workshop examined approaches cities can take to provide citizens with more choices in urban mobility, making use of the Internet and ICT solutions that address traffic and parking issues; offer convenient public transportation options; provide personal travel assistants; and create intelligent, multimodal traffic management systems.

Connected and Sustainable Mobility I: CUD Projects, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

This session introduced Connected Urban Development (CUD) mobility solutions and provided updates on CUD city projects regarding smart-road pricing, connected bus, and intelligent traffic management. Cities shared their challenges, achievements, and lessons learned through demos and progress updates on CUD projects, feedback on CUD projects, and by providing next steps and directions on additional CUD mobility solutions development.

Connected and Sustainable Mobility II: The Future of Urban Mobility and the Role of Broadband
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This session focused on the future, exploring the urban mobility revolution and the role of broadband in personalized travel-information service and intelligent transportation systems. Discussions on what sustainable mobility will look like in the future and how broadband can enable and accelerate this process also took place.

Connected and Sustainable Work

Overview
Information technology has dramatically changed the way people work. Modern issues such as climate change, mobility, and evolving demographics are creating further change. New network capabilities and IT solutions are needed to allow people to work in innovative, sustainable, and more collaborative ways. How and where people work will determine how energy is consumed, how buildings are designed and where they are built, and how transportation infrastructures will support a mobile workforce.

The Connected and Sustainable Work breakout session explored the main drivers that are revolutionizing the way people work, the characteristics of sustainable work, and current solutions being implemented.

Connected and Sustainable Work I: CUD Solutions, Business Models, and Replication Blueprints
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

This session introduced CUD solutions and examined business models and replication blueprints that can serve as a basis for CUD projects.

Connected and Sustainable Work II: The Future of Work
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

In this session, participants discussed the long-term vision for Connected and Sustainable Work and how this vision is designed to evolve over the years.

Sustainable Energy in Connected Urban Environments

Overview
Cities are vital hubs for work, leisure, social interaction, culture, and education—resulting in a boom in urban living. Cities are also responsible for 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Finding creative ways to reduce CO2 emissions and sustain urban growth without destroying the environment is a major challenge of the 21st century.

In this session, attendees learned how ICT can help improve the energy efficiency of public and commercial buildings—from smart grids, local and distributed renewable energy sources, to advanced digital energy management and control systems.

Sustainable Energy in Connected Urban Environments I: CUD Projects, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

This session introduced CUD projects regarding energy-efficient urban living; cities shared their challenges, achievements, and lessons learned.

Sustainable Energy in Connected Urban Environments II: The Future
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This session focused on the future, exploring urban living as buildings and homes continue to evolve in tandem with smart grids, advanced energy management solutions, distributed energy-generation systems, and community microgrids.

Connected and Sustainable Urban Design

Overview
Digital communications and the Internet have become the "fourth utility" for cities, governments, citizens, and businesses—in addition to transportation, water, and electricity. Cities are looking to apply digital communications to the design and development of sustainable communities that improve quality of life and economic development, and reduce environmental impact.

Connected and Sustainable Urban Design I: CUD Projects, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

In this session, CUD cities shared their challenges, achievements, and lessons learned with connected and sustainable urban design and development programs.

Connected and Sustainable Urban Design II: The Future
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This session discussed how ICT can be applied in three major ways in the sustainable design and development of cities: urban ICT infrastructures, digital tools, and intelligent communities.

Green ICT

Overview
While ICT provides the building blocks for a sustainable and distributed urban environment, it is a large consumer of energy. Researchers predict that the IT sector will soon surpass, if it already has not, the aviation industry as a contributor to CO2 emissions. Much can and must be done to create green ICT solutions.

The Greening of ICT and Carbon Impact from Next-Generation ICT Infrastructures
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

This session examined approaches and solutions that can help reduce the IT industry’s carbon footprint, including green datacenters, green PCs, and next-generation fiber networks.

ICT for Community Awareness
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

During this session, participants examined how ICT can be applied to create community awareness of how urban carbon emissions can be dynamically measured and how citizens can change their behaviors to help reduce their carbon footprints.

Strategic Role of Carbon Markets: Implications and Responses

Overview
This session examined the strategic role of "carbon markets"—carbon emissions trading for carbon dioxide—in harnessing private sector capital to replicate and scale low-carbon infrastructure deployments. To be efficient, markets must cover as many sectors as possible using permits that are bankable and tradable over time. To start, markets must be linked to developing countries that have not taken on emissions caps. This will require new institutional architectures at the urban level to provide extensive monitoring, verification, and accreditation of carbon instruments. Participants learned about the implications of refocusing urban infrastructures and services and how intermediate with the new institutional architecture.

Principals and Applications
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00-4:15 p.m.

This session introduced principles and applications of global carbon markets and institutions, and examined business models and local institutional structures as a basis for CUD solutions.

Connecting Cities to Carbon Markets: The Future
Date: September 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

In this session, participants engaged in dialogue about the long-term vision for connecting cities to carbon markets and how this will likely will evolve over time.