About Connected Urban Development

About Connected Urban Development

Connected Urban Development (CUD) was born from Cisco's commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to participate in helping reduce global carbon emissions.

Reducing CO2 by cutting consumption of greenhouse gas-producing fuels has been unsuccessful for the most part; reducing energy consumption is viewed by many as counter-productive to economic growth, and such measures have been difficult to implement and impossible to enforce. Developing a new way to approach the problem is critical, given the urgency posed by rapid climate change.

Cisco relies on its networking expertise of bringing information to users instead of bringing users to the sources of information to provide a viable and sustainable solution to help cities reduce their levels of CO2.

The Connected Urban Development program draws on expertise from the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)—Cisco’s global, strategic consulting arm—and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Connected Urban Development demonstrates how to reduce carbon emissions by introducing fundamental improvements in the efficiency of the urban infrastructure using information and communications technology (ICT). The CUD approach is unique because it changes the way cities work and use natural resources.


The CUD program has gained significant recognition as a result of the successful development of its proof-of-concept pilots achieved to date. Connected Urban Development has been selected by the European Commission as a top "Benchmark of Excellence" program within the continental "Covenant of Mayors" energy efficiency initiative, an official partner of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign. The program has also been recognized as one of the most successful project commitments to the Clinton Global Initiative.

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