Sufficiently engaged? How smart metering systems help local authorities become smart cities

Bull, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-4372-3589, Stuart, G., Ozawa-Meida, L. and Dooley, K., 2019. Sufficiently engaged? How smart metering systems help local authorities become smart cities. In: eceee (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Summer Study Proceedings: Consumption, Efficiency & Limits, Belambra Les Criques, Toulon/Hyères, France, 3-8 June 2019. Stockholm: eceee, pp. 825-834. ISBN 9789198387841

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A significant cultural shift occurred recently with the majority of the world’s population now living in cities and contributing over two thirds of global carbon emissions (UNEP, 2015). If countries like the UK are to meet their challenging carbon reduction targets, 80% by 2050 for the UK, then how our cities are governed and managed to maximise energy efficiency is of vital importance. Faith is increasingly being placed in what are commonly referred to as ‘smart cities’ to meet these targets. Most visions of these smart cities though revolve around increased ICT efficiency through what has become known as the ‘digital economy.’ Smart meters are an example of this and offer clear potential for automated meter readings and innovative displays to help energy managers as well as facilitate better engagement of building users. Evidence is limited on the impact and challenges of ICT tools that genuinely attempt to engage building users across all levels of the organisation.

This paper contributes to that evidence base by presenting findings from the H2020 EU-funded project EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network). The project has designed three energy focused ICT tools with specific functionalities: 1) to track energy performance and communicate this performance in a user-friendly way (energy data dashboard and league tables), 2) to facilitate communication between stakeholders (online discussion forum), and 3) to manage intervention plans for energy efficiency (energy efficiency benchmarking tool). Do these tools come anywhere near fulfilling the potential of smart cities?

The paper presents results of feedback from interviews with selected building users about the individual, social and institutional changes prompted by the EDI-Net ICT services in the three participating public authorities during the operation of EDI-Net: Leicester, Catalonia and Nuremberg.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Bull, R., Stuart, G., Ozawa-Meida, L. and Dooley, K.
Publisher: eceee
Place of Publication: Stockholm
Date: 2019
ISBN: 9789198387841
ISSN: 2001-7960
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Jun 2019 15:32
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 15:32

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