City of Lisbon, the Portuguese Ministry of Education, EDP (Electricity of Portugal) and Cisco Outline Innovative Integrated Energy Efficiency Project
Public private partnership part of Connected Urban Development Initiative
LISBON - May 8, 2008 - Today, the Mayor of Lisbon, Antonio Costa, outlined the scope of the agreement signed with Cisco, the Portuguese Ministry of Education and the EDP (Electriciy of Portugal) to create a sustainable energy efficient environment for the citizens of Lisbon. This is part of the City of Lisbon's commitment to Connected Urban Development - www.connectedurbandevelopment.org - as part of Cisco's role in the Clinton Global Initiative.
This agreement aims at developing in Lisbon innovative pilot projects in the area of energy efficiency. These projects will showcase how information and communications technologies can play a relevant role in improving energy efficiency both on the build environment and energy networks, through integrated approaches to energy generation and management involving a network of public office buildings and schools spread throughout the City.
Together with Hamburg, Madrid and Birmingham, Lisbon was one of the 4 new cities that recently joined San Francisco, Seoul and Amsterdam, in the global Connected Urban Development Program. These cities will perform a spearheading role in the implementation of projects aimed at reducing the urban emissions of carbon dioxide, acting subsequently as references for their widespread implementation in other cities in the world.
The President of Cisco Europe, Chris Dedicoat, said, "We are pleased to join the leading teamwork and commitment among the partners of this initiative to put Lisbon in the global forefront of environmental sustainability. As a technology company, we are approaching this by managing our own carbon output, but also helping our customers and partners use the network as a platform for sustainable business and government progress".
About Connected Urban Development
The Connected Urban Development initiative was established in 2006 as part of Cisco's commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. It is an effort to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions in world cities by introducing fundamental improvements in the efficiency of the urban infrastructure through information and communications technology.
Initially launched in partnership with the cities of San Francisco, Amsterdam and Seoul, the CUD program is directly managed by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group ("IBSG", the global strategic consulting arm of Cisco) and presently involves seven partner cities, developing proofs of concept and pilot projects in relevant areas for reducing CO2 emissions such as transportation, energy and built environment.
As a result of the commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, learnings from those CUD partnerships will serve as a blueprint of best practices and methodologies that can be used as a reference by other cities worldwide. The scope of the program aims at transcending the environmental dimension, delivering innovative, sustainable models for urban planning and economic development.
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