Smart Energy Infrastructure for Net Zero Cities

How smart urban infrastructure can play a key role in accelerating the transition to net zero carbon cities

Published on MARCH 25, 2021

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Smart energy infrastructure to decarbonize cities

While cities cover 3% of the earth’s land surface, they create more than 70% of all carbon emissions — mainly from buildings, energy and transportation — while consuming 78% of the world’s primary energy. To keep global temperature increases to 1.5°C or below, cities must achieve net zero emissions by mid-century.


The key to achieving net zero carbon cities is smart city infrastructure that tracks and communicates crucial information — such as power consumption levels — in real time. This is a fundamental step in making the switch from fossil fuels to renewables on the scale necessary to combat climate change.

How smart city infrastructure can contribute to the acceleration towards net zero carbon

The management of smart urban infrastructure is the key to successful decarbonization and achieving sustainable cities. For example, smart city architecture and infrastructure can automatically adapt the cooling or lighting in public buildings to occupancy levels in real time. 
Energy Efficiency for Public Buildings

Energy Efficiency for Public Buildings

Efficient and comfortable buildings for the benefit of all

Integrated technology for smart cities

Smart Urban Design

Smart Urban Design

Making infrastructure interconnected, multifunctional and modular

smart city is one with smart urban infrastructure equipped with integrated technologies such as solar panels, sensors, cameras, USB sockets, Wi-Fi, and electric vehicle charging points.


Enel X provides smart charging infrastructure for electric bus fleets and electric vehicles in cities around the world. It also designs and delivers intelligent public lighting systems with sensors that are connected to a digital platform. This allows decision-makers to engage in smart planning for a smart city infrastructure.

Our commitment to Smart City network infrastructure

As a key player in the worldwide transition to renewable energy, Enel X provides a wide range of smart cities green infrastructure that can generate, store, use, and manage energy more efficiently, sustainably, and strategically.


Smart city network infrastructure is essential to achieving zero emissions, according to a report developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and titled “Net Zero Carbon Cities: An Integrated Approach”.

The acceleration towards decarbonization calls for the development of digitalized infrastructure if cities are to transition safely to renewable, affordable and reliable energy for all — while there’s still time.

Net Zero Carbon Cities: An Integrated Approach

How smart urban infrastructure can play a key role in accelerating the transition to net zero carbon cities.

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