Sweden and Brazil share a deep commitment for sustainable development. Both our countries have hosted multilateral and mind-changing conferences uniting thousands of people working for a sustainable future. Population growth and the expansion of cities, leads to a series of management problems and increased costs, both related to management and maintenance of services and infrastructure. Therefore, it is important to consider the objective, while reducing costs and focusing on intelligent and innovative use of technology related to topics such as energy, environment and transportation. These unique challenges and opportunities have resulted in the concept Smart City.
The Smart City concept focuses on innovation for sustainability, improved mobility and energy efficiency. A consortium of Swedish and Brazilian stakeholders are promoting system innovation, combining information technology and smart grids to develop electro-mobility as well as energy efficient and low-carbon transport services. All this aimed at toward sustainable urban development and the opportunity to rethink the development of cities.
Solutions to urban issues such as waste treatment projects; power distribution; large-scale events; security; mobility; resource management; and capacity development for better decision making, are projects that are included in this concept.