When I visit a city for the first time, I try to imagine what it’s like to live there. What it’s like to be a local in this unique urban space today, and what it will be like in 10 years. Or 20 years.
When I revisit, I look for changes. Sometimes I see them, sometimes I don’t. But the fact is that each city is a complex, ever-evolving ecosystem. Managing its daily needs requires the foresight to see what it will need tomorrow, not just today.
Foresight is critical, because our urban ecosystems are growing. In fact, estimates suggest that almost 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2045, compared to around 54% today. This exponential growth rate of urbanization is bringing new challenges to leaders charged with making modern cities more livable, more efficient, and more sustainable.
Running a city is in some ways similar to running a global company. Both jobs require the ability to gather key data, as well as the expertise to use that information effectively. Both require a need for a clear, long-term strategy.
At Schneider Electric we work in collaboration with municipalities and our network of trusted partners to ensure that city leaders have all of these things in place – data, expertise, and strategy.
Our Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) help cities to design and implement strategies customized to their unique needs. This might involve purchasing energy, optimizing the performance of building infrastructure, developing long-term sustainability plans, and more. Our mission is to implement real-world efficiencies that deliver measurable savings.
The right strategies for cities are data-driven, and our experts bring the most powerful tools available. Resource Advisor, an industry-leading component of the Schneider Electric StruxureWare suite, can manage over 400 types of resource streams. The upshot is that data is delivered with confidence, silos are broken down, complexities are simplified, and the most efficient actions are prioritized.
Urbanization requires bold new strategies for energy management that touch all aspects of city infrastructure, including transportation, healthcare, water and waste treatment, buildings, and other resources. At Schneider, we take a collaborative approach to achieving urban efficiency and sustainability, and we look to the future of cities with confidence.