Could Smarter City Lighting Lead To Carbon Neutrality?

In an effort to become the world’s first carbon neutral city by the year 2025, Copenhagen is working to implement a sophisticated system of sensory lighting that will make it a more efficient and safer place to travel, live, and work. Through a complex network of public outdoor lighting and sensors, drivers, city workers, pedestrians, and especially bikers would be able to better interact and move within their city.

Adjustments already in place have helped make Copenhagen one of the most cyclist-friendly and subsequently greenest cities in Europe.  

“The system, still in its early stages, has put Copenhagen on the leading edge of a global race to use public outdoor lighting as the backbone of a vast sensory network capable of coordinating a raft of functions and services: whether easing traffic congestion, better predicting where to salt before a snowstorm or, to the alarm of privacy advocates, picking up on suspicious behavior on a busy street corner.”

What are your thoughts on this technology? Do you think more cities will start planning and implementing systems like this? 

3 thoughts on “Could Smarter City Lighting Lead To Carbon Neutrality?

  1. Richard says on December 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I saw another video which demonstrated how Copenhagen has designed their city’s infrastructure to accommodate electric cars, bicycles, public transportation and pedestrians. That is what I call a green, smart city. They are clearly at the forefront of the green initiative. I am not quite sure why other large cities in American haven’t already made a commitment to improve the efficiency of their city. I can’t wait till the day when shared transportation becomes the norm and we no longer have to buy a gas powered car at such expensive prices.

  2. James says on December 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    When it comes to smart cities, it seems to me that Europe is the model for the rest of the world to learn from. European cities tend to be denser, have better public transit, larger commitment to cycling and walking, a stronger focus on sustainability and low-carbon solutions, and perhaps most important, a culture and citizenry more engaged in the journey towards more sustainable and smarter cities. But our urban centers “demand 21st-century solutions to accommodate their growing populations in ways that not only maintain the quality of life, but also improve it.

  3. Francis says on December 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I learned that in September 2009, ASU issued a Carbon Neutrality Action Plan, which commits the university to eliminating GHG from building energy sources by 2025, and from all sources by 2035. That plan provided the vision, the commitment, and the overall structure for moving toward fulfillment of the goal. The climate action plan will include information about each of the important aspects of ASU’s responses to climate disruption, including an emissions reduction plan: a GHG reduction strategy, which includes plans for energy conservation and efficiency and renewable energy systems development.

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