By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / email@example.com
BRISTOL has received more than £300,000 from the EU for its work combining energy saving and technology.
The European Commission has given the city council the cash for two projects as part of its “Smart City” programme.
The first will develop a model to monitor energy usage within public buildings such as schools.
The council will work with a British systems manufacturer and more than 30 partners across Europe, including IBM and CISCO on the scheme in the new year.
The second project will aim to increase the use of electric vehicles in Bristol by putting information about charging locations and links to public transport options online.
This follows the launch in the spring by council leader Barbara Janke of the first electric car charging units to be installed in city council car parks.
Mrs Janke said: “This recognition by the EU of Bristol’s pioneering work on the importance of green technology is very welcome.
“This is exactly why we commissioned one of the UK’s leading experts, Dr Chris Tuppen, to recommend how Bristol can take forward this agenda.
“His report shows that there are real benefits to be gained in terms of reducing our emissions through the use of user-friendly data and technology.
“The more information that we have as consumers, the more likely it is that we choose to go green and save energy.”
Dr Chris Tuppen said: “Smart cities will rely on high quality information streams which are used for everything from effective energy management to integrated transport systems.
“This data will also need to be presented to users in simple and engaging ways.
“This new funding will help Bristol develop the necessary systems and help it on its path to becoming one of Europe’s leading smart cities.”
Bristol’s Smart City programme was launched in March with the help of funding from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.
The council commissioned Dr Chris Tuppen, hailed by the Guardian newspaper as “one of the 50 people that could save the plant from climatic disaster”, to write the study.