Major Dublin energy summit aiming for ‘power shift’ in sector

Tomorrow (18 September), a number of major figures from the energy sector, both Irish and international, will be descending on the Mansion House, Dublin for the Powershift energy summit.

The Dublin energy summit is being hosted jointly by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) and ESB and will raise many issues, but will particularly challenge long-standing assumptions on energy and discuss how connectivity will shape the future of the energy industry and review how policy will impact it.

The concept of ‘smart cities’ is becoming an increasing topic of conversation among those developing technologies in the internet of things (IoT), whereby more efficient policies developed through data mining could make cities not only cheaper to run but better for those living in them.

Putting it into figures, a recent report has shown how climate-smart cities specifically could save as much as US$17trn in the world economy by 2050.