The City of Vancouver, Cisco and Pulse Energy announced a collaborative relationship designed to accelerate the development of Vancouver’s green-energy goals. The effort with Cisco and Pulse Energy is the latest in Vancouver’s ongoing initiatives to showcase the city as an economic hub for the advancement of clean technology, develop a network of specialized partners, and improve energy efficiency and management.
“By forging collaborative and innovative relationships like this with Cisco and Pulse Energy, Vancouver is advancing its goal to be the greenest city in world and strengthening the green economy in the process. This collaboration will allow us to become a living lab for energy innovation projects, discover and explore best practices, showcase green capabilities, and become a business hub for ‘clean’ technology development and use,” said Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver.
“All over the world, cities like Vancouver are facing significant population growth and the need to sustainably balance social, economic and environmental resources. This collaboration will help Vancouver lead the way in energy management and efficiency innovation. Using networking technologies as the platform, Vancouver is setting an example for sustainable productivity, growth, and innovation,” said Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Cisco Services, and chief globalization officer.
Beginning in 2010, the three parties will work to advance Vancouver’s green-energy vision by implementing technologies for building-energy management, home-energy management, urban carbon-footprint reduction and data center efficiency. In February 2009, Mayor Robertson launched the Greenest City initiative with a goal of making Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.
Principal areas of collaboration will include:
- A showcase for Vancouver technologies: Creating a ‘living lab’ culture that enables and showcases Vancouver and B.C.-based technologies developed in partnership with the city, Cisco, and other local partners like Pulse Energy.
- Building-energy management: Deploying a comprehensive pilot of the Cisco Network Building Mediator, combined with Pulse Energy software, to monitor and manage energy consumption for several city-owned buildings, including City Hall.
- Residential-energy management: Conducting pilot deployments of the Cisco Home Energy Controller, focused on enabling consumers to monitor and reduce residential electricity consumption. IDC found that customers reduce overall energy use by 4 to 15 per cent when they receive real-time feedback on power consumption. According to a study by Zogby International, 74 per cent of users are likely to change their energy use if they are given the technology solutions to do so.
- Energy sustainability: Enabling Vancouver to provide climate-change information and actionable steps for its citizens to take to minimize their environmental impact. Vancouver will utilize Cisco’s Urban EcoMap, an Internet-based tool, to create awareness among its residents of the impact of carbon emissions on their urban environment. The tool provides information on carbon emissions from transportation, neighbourhood energy and waste use, and delivers tips on ways to reduce a resident’s carbon footprint.
- “Green” data center: Establishing a model energy-efficient data center to foster research, development and deployment to advance the transition to the real-time data acquisition and integration of smart-grid applications.
“This collaboration will help drive a transformational showcase of world-class green initiatives and technologies in the city of Vancouver. These initial pilot projects and subsequent field trials also provide the opportunity to further stimulate green economic development opportunities in the Vancouver and B.C. Lower Mainland, creating a new category of green-collar jobs,” said Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada.
“This collaboration is a next step in our existing relationships with both the city and Cisco. We look forward to working with the city to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings, and then to report on the financial and environmental return from its energy-efficiency investments
. The model that we’re launching today with Cisco and the city of Vancouver is directly applicable to other progressive and innovative cities around the world,” said David Helliwell, co-founder and CEO, Pulse Energy.