Members of the STEP UP team from Riga Technical University have published an article - "Concept of Smart City: First Experience of City of Riga" in the Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Engineering of Kaunas University of Technology.
Focussing on actions within Riga's new enhanced SEAP, the paper draws attention to areas with high impact to smart city development. In terms of Smart Cities, the paper suggests the most powerful actions are those which directly affect at least these three sectors - energy, ICT and transport. The actions are classified as 'Lighthouse Initiatives' through STEP UP and act as examples of how innovative projects can drive transition to a low carbon and smart city status.
The paper discusses how Riga's projects have reduced energy consumption, reduced heat loss, increased efficiency of data collation, increased energy production from renewable sources and how ICT has contributed to making Riga smarter and better connected.
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