The SlimCity initiative began at the Annual Meeting 2008 and wrapped up two years later. The focus of the project was on the sustainable development of all aspects of a city to achieve reduced carbon emissions and increased resource efficiency across all sectors, involving the following industries: Energy, Mobility, Engineering and Construction, Chemicals, Real Estate and Information Technology.
Download the SlimCity Knowledge Cards which identify key trends and best practices in the areas of Smart Energy, Urban Mobility, and Sustainable Construction.
New Initiatives developed within this project are:
Smart grids hold the promise to enable energy efficiency, integration of renewable energy, electric vehicles at scale and new energy services to customers. The “digitization” of electricity could therefore become the backbone and a "must" for tomorrow's energy solutions and the low-carbon economy. For more information, please contact Johanna Lanitis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The objective of the Repowering Transport project is to facilitate the adoption of clean and secure energy sources for the transportation sector through structured multistakeholder dialogue. The project integrates executives from the Forum’s Industry Partnership programs in mobility (automotive, aviation, and logistics), energy (oil and gas, utilities, alternatives) and chemicals. The project explores in depth three specific areas at the intersection of mobility and energy: Alternate Fuels, Energy Efficiency, and the Electrification of Transportation. For more information, please contact Mariana Torres-Montoya at Mariana.Torres-Montoya@weforum.org
Buildings represent 40% of the world’s energy requirements. With the world’s building stock turning over at a rate of only 5% per year and new building construction further hampered by frozen capital markets, achieving meaningful reductions in energy use and carbon emissions increasingly depends on retrofit investments. The project aims to scale up building retrofits by exploring sources of financing; considering value capture for a range of stakeholders; and identifying policies and investment vehicles to catalyse action. Conceived by the World Economic Forum’s members and partners in Davos in January 2010, Retrofit Finance & Investment is a collaborative, industry-driven project that provides the multi-stakeholder leadership platform to advance this critical issue. For more information, please contact Robin Ried at email@example.com.
Housing for All
The project gives industry leaders and experts the opportunity to sound off on the challenges and opportunities to address the world's lower-income housing needs. At the direction of the Forum's Real Estate community, the Forum established a Steering Committee and Advisory Board, currently involved in a collaborative effort to heighten awareness about the issue amongst the business community; to track impacts of inadequate housing supply on business and the economy, and to catalogue best practices and government policies that create incentives for private sector engagement. The effort will be crystallized in the development of a set of Knowledge Cards, a report, and a living Knowledge Library which will enable the greater Forum community to access information on an ongoing basis. For more information, please contact Robin Ried at firstname.lastname@example.org.