Eric Morel is a worldwide recognised expert of energy transition and digitalisation. In the past, he has served as VP Corporate Business Strategy and VP Global Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency at Schneider Electric as well as CEO of Ilevo, a telecommunication start-up. He is a founding member and a former Board member of the Gridwise Alliance, the main professional private/public association dedicated to Smart Energy.
What lies behind this innocuous question? For some proponents of liberalism, energy efficiency should not be an obligation, free to everyone to commit to it: it is clear that few actors feel concerned and the progress we must make will be achieved in almost no country.
The summer allowed me to expose different aspects of Smart Energy Cities: the reasons which make them unavoidable, the founding actions of any initiative wishing to be crowned of successes and accompanying actions that no city can dispense with considering.
In a recent article, I explained the 7 actions that are essential to create a "smart energy city". These 7 actions are the founding pillars of any energy policy of a city. These included the establishment of local energy governance, a public exemplary plan, a plan for carbon-free mobility, and an energy renovation plan for buildings.
Smart cities rely on technology and operational efficiency to share information with the public in order to improve citizen welfare and the quality of government services. The main aim is to optimise city functions and drive economic growth by using smart technology and data analysis. Emerging trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and automation are driving smart city adoption.