Energy and Smart City Study Tour in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
From May 5-9, the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States conducted an Energy and Smart City Study Tour of Amsterdam to facilitate the transatlantic exchange of dialogue and knowledge between local practitioners on best practices from Amsterdam’s local energy economy. Civic leaders from Torino, Italy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina spent a week touring Amsterdam and the Netherlands to learn about sustainability targets and solutions from the Dutch and each other, laying the foundation for transatlantic partnerships to implement local solutions.
Key themes included energy as an economic driver, strategic partnerships for implementation, sustainable and innovative business models, and the deployment of innovative technologies.
Key Visits included the City of Amsterdam’s Physical Planning Office, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Dutch National Enterprise Agency, Smart City Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Institute of Metropolitan Solutions, Alliander, Metabolic, Green Metropole, and Waternet.
The delegation included:
Prof. Gabriele Ricchiardi, Faculty Researcher in Physical Chemistry, University of Torino
Gianfranco Presutti, Head of Labour, Development, European Funds and Smart City Department, City of Torino
Prof. Marco Filippi, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino
Ettore F. Bompard, Power System and Critical infrastructures Senior Scientist, European Commission
Stefano Pisu, Project Manager, Fondazione Torino Wireless
Piero Gastaldo, Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo
Andrew Butcher, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH)
Debra Lam, Chief of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh
Charlotte, North Carolina
Prof. Johan Enslin, Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Robert Phocas, Energy & Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte