Bergen Energy Lab (BEL)

Half-day seminar: smart cities

'Smart Cities' is a catch-all phrase. It mobilises funds and is a critical part of urban plans today.

Smart city
Anja Lindgaard Molnes

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Energy plays a vital role in ’smart’ projects. If urban smart shifts are sustainable, the energy sector will undergo a massive transition.

  • What redefinition do such transitions imply?
  • Who decides and on what basis?
  • Are smart city energy systems more tech-savvy and people-friendly?
  • Do they improve information flows and infrastructure governance?
  • What makes the difference, what defines this smartness?
  • Which pieces of the puzzle are still missing?

In this seminar, experts will draw on deep insights to discuss where we are going and what changes might get us to smart, sustainably energised cities.


12:00-12:30 Mingling over light lunch

12:30-12:45 What is an energy-smart city to whom? – Siddharth Sareen, UiB

12:45-14:00 Panel discussion 1 – moderator Camilla Moster, BKK
How do businesses contribute to low-carbon energy transitions in cities?
- Three 15-minute talks followed by 30 minutes of audience discussion
- Tor Krog, Nordic Director of Business and Development, Siemens
- Fredrik Seliussen, Development Director, Lyseparken, Os Kommune 
- Monika Inde Zsak – Head of Innovation and BKK Grønn Invest,BKK

14:00-14:15 Coffee break 

14:15-14:45 Interactive session – Why are you at this seminar?
Stakeholders, roles and expectations in energy-smart city-making

14:45-15:45 Panel discussion 2 – moderator Corina Guder, UiB
How do cities move from energy ambitions to really smart urban solutions?
- Two 15-minute talks followed by a concluding audience discussion
- Torkell Pettersen, Smart City Coordinator, Bergen Kommune
- Håvard Haarstad, Director, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation

The event is free of charge and open to everyone interested.

We kindly ask that all attendants register in advance.

The presentations are now uploaded, and can be found under "Documents" below, while the video of all the talks can be found at Vimeo through this link