2000WSCA, the 2000-Watt Smart Cities Association, is seeking a six-fold reduction in every American’s energy use.
The 2000-Watt Smart Cities Association (2000WSCA) is a non-profit agency authorised by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy that proposes a target of 2000 watts of energy usage per citizen be achieved by the year 2035. Today it is estimated that the annual energy usage per capita in the United States is 12,000 watts.
Now the US Climate Institute is teaming up with the Swiss-Based 2000WSCA scheme to develop new climate change mitigation and carbon emission improvement programs in the United States.
Both organisations have a track record of embracing technological innovations and creating policy initiatives to foster positive environmental improvements throughout the globe.
The 2000WSCA program has an impressive track record globally. In Switzerland 46 local communities have implemented the Swiss ‘Smart City’ program and received a certification. To be certified as 2000-Watt Smart City, the community must exploit at least 50 per cent of its sustainability potential in each of the six subject areas over the coming 12 years: Smart Energy; Smart Mobility; Smart Buildings; Smart Governance, Smart Food Production & Tech Centres and Smart Centrality.
Meeting this threshold, communities are on track to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions due to city development activities and operations by 100 per cent by 2050 and fulfil the relevant SDGs (sustainable development goals) and ESGs (environmental, social and governance).
To meet this aggressive target, 2000WSCA provides proven methodologies, a certification program and a structured toolkit to work with communities, corporations, cities and state governments. The program objectives are to create optimised and smart technological and management solutions to confine the per capita primary energy consumption through combustible fossil fuel to 2000 Watts and GHG emission to one ton per person by 2035.
“Working with the Swiss WSCA2000 smart cities team, we look forward to introducing their innovative methodologies, tools and certification process to help US entities address today’s climate change issues,” said Nasir Khattak, vice president of the Climate Institute. “Today, 4 out of 5 global corporations report on sustainability issues – we believe our new initiative can make a substantive contribution helping address today’s climate change and sustainability challenges.”
A new WSCA2000 Program Management Group is now established in the Climate Institute HQ office to manage US program activities. The Program office will be supported by TechNano Development Group that is developing new global renewable energy solutions in areas of graphene-based material sciences, next generation battery technology, smart city mobility solutions, robotics, autonomous vehicles, sensors, e-rickshaws, e-buses and other applications.
“We look forward to collaborating with the US based Climate Institute to achieve our common goal to save our planet through a systematic program with a proven track record,” said Andreas Binkert, president of 2000WSCA. “Carbon emission improvement is particularly important in the United States, still one of the largest emitters of carbon worldwide. The 2000-Watt Philosophy is unique in its approach: we do not certify buildings – we certify communities.”