• Business Innovation UK - Smart Cities Background Paper

    UK department of business innovation and skills

    This paper, which forms part of the Information Economy theme of the Industrial Strategy, considers the challenges which cities face, the role which Smart City concepts play, the opportunities for business and the role of Government in strengthening UK capability and helping firms to exploit their expertise in global markets

  • Brookings ESADE - Getting smarter about smart cities

    Brookings ESADE

    Over the last five years, the concept of the technology-driven “smart city” has captured the imagination of public, private, and nonprofit leaders alike. Yet for the rapid rise in interest, smart city deployments have failed to meet both private sector firms’ adoption ambitions and the public sector’s expectations for impact. Against this backdrop, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and Barcelona’s ESADE Business School brought together officials from cities throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States to better understand the promise and practice for smart cities around the world today.

  • Bechtel - Guide to smart resilient cities


    This guide provides ideas on how to use smart, resilient infrastructure to help tackle the new and emerging challenges facing cities. It shows how solar energy, fuel cells, smart grids, green infrastructure and more can help to decentralize essential services, to offer the flexibility and adaptability so vital to cities. You'll also get tips on how to identify breakthrough resilience opportunities and  build redundancy into infrastructure so that essential services to citizens can be provided regardless of the challenges faced.

  • Reference Guide Public-Private Partnerships Version 2.0

    International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank

    This second version of the PPP Reference Guide, as the first one, presents a global overview of the diversity of approaches and experiences in the implementation of PPPs, providing an entry point to the substantial body of knowledge on PPPs that has been built up by practitioners in governments, the privatesector, international institutions, and academics. With due care not to increase the overall size of the Guide, this version includes new references and examples. The PPP Reference Guide seeks to provide advice on what PPP practitioners should know, rather than provide advice on what to do. The Guide sets out the main topics, looks at the key issues that must be addressed, and provides what we consider the most important references that PPP practitioners can turn to for answers and to enhance their own knowledge and understanding. It is structured into separate sections that focus on three main areas, firstly what are PPPs, when might they be used and the advantages and disadvantages relative to public provision; secondly the policy, legal and institutional frameworks that should be put into place to help improve their effectiveness; and finally the ways in which PPP projects can be developed and implemented. A diverse range of case studies and institutional solutions, from all parts of the world, are presented in the PPP Reference Guide.

  • SMART grids and its application in sustainable cities

    Inter American Development Bank (IADB)

    The Energy Division of the Infrastructure and Environment Sector (INE/ENE) of the Inter-American Development Bank has launched a technical cooperation project called "Smart Grid and Its Application in Sustainable Cities" to aid countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. This technical note describes smart grid system elements, indicates their costs and benefits, discusses the smart grid initiative in Korea, and includes the case study of the Korean Jeju Island test bed. The publication assesses the possibilities to transfer and implement these strategies in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) cities and discusses ongoing experiences in the region.