Dutch Mayor Encourages City to be Active in Achieving Low Carbon Development
According to Annemarie Jorritsma the mayor of the Dutch city of Almere that Shenzhen must be active in stimulating and facilitating in achieving a low carbon development rather than directing its people and businesses. Jorritsma statement was made during the opening ceremony of the Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Forum in Longgang.
Shenzhen and the city of Almere develop and successfully planned new towns in just s short period of time and both cities have faced the same challenges in sustaining development and that some of the best practices that Almere used can be adopted by Shenzhen. cities such as Amsterdam and Almere created smart city platforms using public private partnership in which the city government, non government organizations, companies and its citizens have combined forces in creating smart solutions.
These cities then invest million of euros in small and large initiative such as hosting energy saving competitions among schools to promote low carbon knowledge among students. Installed energy efficient street lights which improved security, created kilometers of bicycle lanes and installed numerous charging stations for electric vehicles.
Jorritsma stated that these initiatives are not top down arrangement but only in the matter of the government providing just enough of the funding to stimulate the initiative of smart citizens. She further urged that the city should allow its resident the empowerment, businesses and academia to develop the city by supplying the funds, implement favorable policies and a flexible environment.