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The sustainability battle will be won - or lost - in the citiesHongyan Annie Xu, Senior Vice-President, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric Cities are growing - and so are their challenges. Today, cities contain 50 per cent of the world's population, account for 75 per cent of global energy consumption and give off 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, they will be home to 70 per cent of the people in the world. This means that over the next 40 years we need to provide new urban capacity equivalent to that of the past 4,000 years. As the world wonders how to meet the growing demand for energy and resources, while drastically reducing global carbon emissions, one thing is clear: this energy-climate battle will be won, or lost, in the cities. Cities are facing growing challenges: scarcity of resources such as energy and water; environmental pressure and pollution; aging and overloaded infrastructure; traffic congestion; crime... Yet cities need to compete for talents, jobs and investments, while reducing their costs and managing their debt. Efficiency helps do more with less.Technology and integration make cities efficient...Schneider Electric is working with more than 200 cities across the world. This is why we understand that making cities sustainable is both a vertical and a horizontal challenge. The vertical challenge refers to the most pressing issues facing the many urban infrastructure domains - mobility, energy, water, services, buildings and public security. For each domain, strong technical and process expertise is required to design an effective solution and ensure data accuracy. Take a major city in Brazil. Over the past ten years, Telvent, our information services company, has provided the municipality with a complete infrastructure management solution. Eleven different control centres manage all parts of the city's critical infrastructure: electricity, water, oil, gas, public transportation and urban traffic, air quality, airports etc. This was made possible by our state-of-the-art technology as well as our thorough understanding of the operations involved in each domain. The horizontal challenge is about making the sum greater than its parts. It requires a holistic approach to interconnect all these smarter vertical domains. Interconnection means both technical integration of legacy systems and open platforms. Improved real-time data collection, when interconnected, will help city authorities to better manage, optimise, and make faster decisions.BUT COLLABORATION IS WHAT MAKES A CITY SMARTEach city is unique - from history to size via availability of resources and complexity of urban development. So its ambition will be unique too: to play host to a major event, to expand, to relieve pain points or just to plan its future. And each city is a complex value-chain - involving not only local and regional governments and inhabitants, but also private companies, utilities, real estate developers as well as investors. So one thing is sure: as cities embark on their own journey to "smart", they need to bring in all their stakeholders, including the private sector, from the start. This calls for a new approach that combines " We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children " - An Indian proverb098 smart cities

public governance, people ownership and business collaboration. It is about making multiple stakeholders work together in a collaborative mindset, united by a shared vision of efficiency and sustainability, under strong public leadership. At Schneider Electric, we believe no single company can solve a city's challenges alone. We advocate flexible, customised and localised solutions, developed with best-in-class global and local partners. Because making cities sustainable is also a people challenge.WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES WE HELP MAKE IT HAPPENAt Schneider Electric, we want to help cities become smarter.n We want to help build the vision, develop the roadmap, and deliver efficient and sustainable urban infrastructures.n We want to help design innovative financing models, clever collaborative approaches.n We want to help each city become smarter - in its own way.We can achieve this;n By providing innovative, expert solutions in energy, mobility, water, buildings and public services. n By tailoring our solutions to cities' unique needs. n By bringing our recognised integration capabilities. n And by partnering with others.The sustainability battle will be won, or lost, in the cities. At Schneider Electric, we want to help win this battle." as cities embark on their own journey to "smart", they need to bring in all their stakeholders, including the private sector, from the start "About the AuthorHongyan Annie Xu joined Schneider Electric in 2011 as Senior Vice-President for Smart Cities, in charge of launching and leading the Smart Cities global initiative. From 1997 to 2002, she held various sales and country roles in CATIC. She then joined GE, focusing on acquisitions integration. In 2005, she moved to Siemens and held several roles in alliances, M&A, strategy, and finally leadership development in Corporate Human Resources. Ms Xu holds a degree in Aeronautic Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.About Schneider ElectricAs a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their smart cities 099