2016 – Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany have embarked upon a project to achieve a fully sustainable energy supply after hitting 2025’s renewable energy targets nine years early. The Northern German cities, with a combined population of 4.5 million people, have already achieved Germany’s ambitious targets of obtaining 40 per cent of their energy from renewables on an annual basis.
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Both cities now aim to hit 70 per cent renewables by 2025 and 100 per cent by 2035, using the “NEW 4.0” project initiative to do so.
According to the report, “NEW 4.0 is a unique project initiative in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein combining the forces of business, science and politics.”
‘NEW’ stands for the Norddeutsche Energie- Wende (Northern German Energy Transition) and ‘4.0’ refers to the “brink of the fourth industrial revolution: the digitisation of industry resulting from the smart networking of systems, an increasingly important component in the energy transition.”
As a large-scale transnational project, the aim of NEW 4.0 is to achieve a sustainable energy supply, ensuring the future viability of the region.
More than 60 regional and trans-regional partners have formed an “Innovation Alliance” combining all necessary competencies and solution potentials to accelerate the energy transition in Northern Germany.
This alliance will invest around €90 million over the next four years. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will put in another EUR 44 million.
Committed partners include Trimet, Aurabis and ArcelorMittal – Hamburg’s three largest energy-consuming enterprises – as well as grid-operators, energy suppliers and educational institutions.
Dr. Werner Beba, Head of the Competence Centre for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E), said: “As part of the overall venture we will be coordinating a total of 101 individual projects. The partners of our Innovation Alliance will be developing projects aimed at improving flexibility, load transfer and storage.
He added: “The novelty of our venture lies in merging all these components via communication and network technologies and operating it under the roof of one overall system, which is yet unprecedented.”
Germany’s emissions are already 20 per cent below the 1990 emissions benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord and the NEW 4.0 is expected to reduce the region’s carbon dioxide emissions by a further 50 to 70 per cent.
The arrival of 5G – the next generation of wireless networks – unleashes an opportunity for smart cities to take full advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where everything that can be connected will be and the full force of transformative technologies like artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles will permeate where we live, work and play.
What 5G delivers that 4G and earlier networks cannot are the blazing speeds and ultra-low latencies (data transfer delays) that allow massive amounts of data to be relayed between connected devices, systems, and infrastructure in near real time. In other words, 5G enables the super-fast response and data analysis that can allow driverless cars, cloud-connected traffic control, and other sensor-laden smart city applications to truly thrive.
SOUTH AFRICA – NOTICE 764 OF 2018
INVITATION TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
I, Ms Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams, Minister of Communications hereby invites interested
parties to nominate candidate(s) to be considered for appointment to the Presidential
Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as announced in the State of the Nation
The Commission will coordinate the development of South Africa’s national response
through a comprehensive action plan to deal with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As part of this effort the Commission will identify and recommend policies, strategies and plans that are needed to position South Africa as one of the leading countries in the evolution and development of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.