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  1. Japanese cities move towards distributed energy systems to power-proof from natural disasters
    Japanese cities move towards distributed energy systems to power-proof from natural disasters 20 Sep 2017

    According to a research conducted by Reuters in the city of Higashi Matsushima, a ‘silent’ revolution has been happening in Japan in the wake of the 2011 fatal earthquake and tsunami, with more and more municipalities setting up distributed energy systems to reduce reliance on the main grid, and secure electricity supply during natural disasters.

    Asia,Smart Cities,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum
  2. London’s first plastic-free shop is now open
    London’s first plastic-free shop is now open 13 Sep 2017

    In an effort to eliminate plastic pollution and raise awareness, Bulk Market is the first package-free pop up store in Islington, in North London.

    Europe,Smart Cities,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  3. Hydrogen taxi service was launched in Hamburg offering up to 40% lower fares than regular taxis
    Hydrogen taxi service was launched in Hamburg offering up to 40% lower fares than regular taxis 13 Sep 2017

    On 8 September, the German ride-hailing service CleverShuttle launched its first hydrogen fuel cell fleet of taxis in Hamburg.

    Europe,Tech. & Innovation,Smart Cities,Transport,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  4. UK to give £3 million to local authorities for clean energy projects
    UK to give £3 million to local authorities for clean energy projects 13 Sep 2017

    According reports from the Guardian, during this fall, the UK Government will offer more than £3 million to support local authorities to set up clean energy initiatives.

    Europe,Finance,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Smart Cities,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum
  5. France introduces its first hydrogen bus route
    France introduces its first hydrogen bus route 1 Sep 2017

    A consortium between ENGIE’s subsidiary GNVERT and Belgium-based bus manufacturer Van-Hool announced the deployment of the first hydrogen bus route in France in the Pau Pyrénées region.

    Europe,Tech. & Innovation,Sustainable Energy,Smart Cities,Transport,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  6. Oxford to install 100 electric vehicle charging stations, turning the city into a ‘living lab’
    Oxford to install 100 electric vehicle charging stations, turning the city into a ‘living lab’ 1 Sep 2017

    Oxford City Council announced the launching of the Go Ultra Low Oxford (GULO) programme, aiming to install 100 electric vehicle charging stations in the city’s residential streets to help the deployment of electric vehicles.

    Europe,Finance,Policy,Smart Cities,Transport,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum
  7. Dubai announced the construction of 500km new bicycle lanes and other smart-city initiatives
    Dubai announced the construction of 500km new bicycle lanes and other smart-city initiatives 31 Aug 2017

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai approved the construction of 500km of new bicycle lanes as part of air pollution mitigation efforts.

    Middle East,Policy,Smart Cities,Transport,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  8. Kenya passes strict plastic bag ban after a 10-year legislative marathon
    Kenya passes strict plastic bag ban after a 10-year legislative marathon 29 Aug 2017

    Kenya passed a law which made making, selling and using plastic bags illegal and punishable by up to four years' imprisonment or $40,000 in fines, in an attempt to reduce the nation’s plastic pollution.

    Africa,Policy,Smart Cities,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  9. 100% renewable energy fuelled micro-grid successfully operated in 24h test in Illinois
    100% renewable energy fuelled micro-grid successfully operated in 24h test in Illinois 23 Aug 2017

    Ameren Corporation, a Midwest-based utility and S&C Electric Company, a Chicago-based leader in smart grid solutions announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.

    North America,Tech. & Innovation,Sustainable Energy,Smart Cities,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  10. BMW focuses on sustainable production
    BMW focuses on sustainable production 22 Aug 2017

    BMW Group production facilities utilize a variety of methods to achieve an ambitious goal: using exclusively renewable energy in the production of premium vehicles around the world. In South Africa, BMW Plant Rosslyn even uses some four-legged friends to produce energy.

    Africa,Asia,Editor's Picks,Sustainable Energy,Smart Cities,Transport,COP 23

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