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Lessons From Denmark: Urban Sustainability in São Paulo

23.08.2017  17:00

At the event, Brazilian experts took inspiration from Danish solutions within smart cities and urban sustainability. With over 20 million inhabitants, greater São Paulo has around four times the population of Denmark. This is a significant difference when discussing contemporary issues like smart cities and urban sustainability. However, the event emphasized that Danish solutions and expertise can certainly be adapted to Brazilian cities and São Paulo specifically, transforming its urban spaces and increasing quality of life of Brazilians.

PhD. Marcelo Romero, provost for Culture and Extension at University of São Paulo and professor at the Architecture and Urbanism Department (FAU-USP) emphasized that urban sustainability and efficiency must be implemented as economically sustainable and long-term policies, which is currently not the case in Brazil.

Mr. Luis Carlos Silva, PhD from Electric Engineering Department at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and responsible for upgrading energy efficiency on the university campus, also stressed the importance of sustainably managing Brazil’s vast amount of natural resources. He also presented a recently approved research and innovation project on improving the energy consumption of public universities. With this project, it is expected that UNICAMP will decrease its costs on energy by 20%, setting a great example for other universities. As Silva has worked as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), his work is highly inspired by Danish expertise and experience related to smart energy. It was in Denmark that he first heard about the concept of living labs, which is now implemented in his project.

The event was a closing mark to an exhibition about sustainable urban living and architecture in Denmark. The exhibition developed by the Danish Architecture Centre and the City of Copenhagen, presented a model for innovative solutions ensuring high quality of life and the optimum utilisation of natural resources. Key issues for the city of São Paulo, as increased urbanisation entails that the city is undergoing intense development and growth increasing demand for such solutions.

It is no surprise that so many participants showed up at the event: In Brazil, Denmark is widely known as one of the pioneering countries on sustainable solutions. The round table was an outstanding opportunity for students and researchers to exchange knowledge and ideas.

For additional information about innovation and research, please reach us at:

São Paulo Office
Phone: +55 (11) 2127-0750
E-mail:
 São gkl@um.dk

The Trade Council in Brazil assists Danish companies within energy and environment. For more information contact:

São Paulo Office
Phone: +55 (11) 2127-0750
E-mail:
rafote@um.dk



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