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As Canada’s ONLY trade show serving the waste, recycling and public works markets, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada and the Municipal Equipment Expo Canada are pleased to announce their move to Niagara Falls for the 20th edition, October 25 – 26, 2017, hosted at Scotiabank Convention Centre.

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The role of smart cities in meeting future energy demand

Global population and urbanization are increasing at a rapid pace. According to UN reports, 54% of world’s population was urban in 2014 and this figure is expected to be 66% by 2050. Global energy demand is expected to follow a similar trend and increase rapidly over the next few decades. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s, we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us.

Energy is the most important driver of economic growth and as the world moves towards urbanization, the demand for energy is ever increasing in the cities. This provides us with both a challenge and an opportunity to decide the future course of our cities and more importantly the quality of life of citizens of the future. We need to ensure smart sustainable cities for our future generations.
When we hear or read about smart cities, it is mostly about technology, connectivity, cloud, big data, automation and controls, etc., a lot like sci-fi movies. But cities of tomorrow will require much more than these because the focus is not only on technological advancements but to make the cities resilient to climate change and more sustainable with long term planning. Moreover the cities need to provide a healthy and comfortable environment for the citizens. This includes focus on providing essential resources, smart city planning, effective transport system, safety and security of citizens and speedy governance.

Availability of essential resources will be a challenge owing to rapid growth of cities. So, smart and sustainable infrastructure design at city level is necessary to ensure effective distribution and management of various services. Buildings are the most visible elements of cities. They also contribute to one third of the global Greenhouse Gas emissions. People spend most of their time in buildings and therefore buildings have a major impact on the health and productivity of occupants.

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