This week one of Keystone’s founders, Gordon Mitchell, was invited by KPMG to their European Headquarters in Munich to participate in discussions with leading industry peers on the problematic of aligning digital transformation, wellbeing and best practice with a clear and reliable financial model. 

Smarter Together 

Under the umbrella of the Smarter Together project, the City of Munich is cooperating with eleven partners in the business and academic communities to implement a pioneering smart city solution in its Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham districts. The project will impact around 30,000 people living in this district on the western edge of the city. Whereas Freiham is a new housing development area, many of the residential properties in Neuaubing-Westkreuz were built in the 1960s and 1970s and their energy-efficiency standards are comparatively poor. 

20 is the magic number 

With the aid of cutting-edge technology and the intelligent use of data, the aim is to reduce fossil fuel consumption and improve residents’ quality of life. In Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham, Smarter Together aims to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20%, raise the use of renewable energy to above 20% and increase energy efficiency by more than 20%. By 2050 Munich strives to be CO2-neutral in Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham. 

Munich is not alone – since 2015 ViennaLyon and Munich have been working together on intelligent solutions for the smart city of tomorrow: Energy system refurbishment in housing complexes, mobility stations, neighbourhood sharing boxes and smart lamp posts are only a few of the sustainable measures on which Munich’s local government is collaborating with local residents and partners from industry, and research to transform the Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham project area into a smart urban district that is fit for the future. 

Gordon’s passion and expertise in the field of IoT and smart Facilities Management, coupled with his leading role in developing ISO TC/ 267 Standards to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goalsmeans he is ideally placed to both feed into and learn from Smarter Together.  

In the spirit of embracing both the net zero target and his own interest in workplace wellbeing, Gordon commented: 

“I loved how many electric scooters I saw. FM’s digital change has to literally think outside the box (or the building) for holistic lasting change!” 

We are looking forward to sharing more on how his valuable contributions will help shape this project going forward.  

Between now and 2021, Munich will invest a total of around 20 million euro in the 350-hectare district, of which 6.85 million euro will come from the EU. The model measures they are developing through Smarter Together set an example for other urban districts and cities throughout Europe. 

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