This experimental programme—launched in June 2009 by Amsterdam Innovation Motor, a government body, and the Dutch energy grid manager Liander—uses the city as an urban guinea pig to test new sustainable technologies, creating a collaborative R&D lab between citizens, enterprise and local government. Since its launch, 36 new technologies have been tested with 71 partner companies, and 16 projects are now running in four sustainability target areas : living, working, mobility and public space. Examples include the world’s first fuel-cell-powered offices in the De Groene Bocht canal house, a green power station for ships to dock onto when in port, and a sustainable shopping street. In one district, IBM has teamed up with Cisco and electricity provider Nuon to help 500 households monitor their energy consumption by providing them with a Smart meter and an energy management system. These have the added benefit of lowering consumption through a more efficient grid, thereby helping the city to reach its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 40 percent by 2025. For a full list of projects, please visit the Amsterdam Smart City website.
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