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How can "smart cities" address climate change?
Increased knowledge that allows targeting of policy and programs
Mar 24, 2015 Kirk R6

No, smart cities will not be enough to tackle climate change. National economic policy is needed (ie a strong carbon tax or cap and trade) to drive changes in behavior and renewable/low-carbon energy technology adoption.

However, smart city data technology can provide information to city departments on the largest sources of GHG emissions, provide industry energy consumption data that can be used to suggest alternatives and provide efficiency incentives, and apply fees on industry where appropriate.

Individuals are not the largest GHG emitters in cities, but industry and buildings are.

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