Committed to urban sustainability driven by data and renewable energy

Cities and urban areas are at the core of society’s endeavour to become truly sustainable. Therefore, providing tools and services for cities to enable them to tackle issues such as energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and the social wellbeing of the citizens is something all companies should strive for. Tieto is committed to building a more sustainable society, and we are not alone.

Let’s start with a simple question, what is sustainability? Sustainability can mean many things depending on the context, but the Cambridge dictionary defines it as “the quality of being able to continue over a period of time”. In the context of energy, it means causing little or no impact to the environment, thus referring to 100% renewable energy production, low emissions and even nuclear power. But when referring to cities and urban areas sustainability has both social, economic, and environmental dimensions.

It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of all humankind will live in cities or urban areas. This means the issue of sustainability will need to be solved where the people are. Cities and urban areas enable efficient use of energy, resources, and services, resulting from short distances and higher concentrations of people. One key resource is data, more specifically, utilizing data in analysing energy, resources, waste, water, air, population, traffic, mass transport, governance, economical as well as the physical wellbeing of citizens. The insights gathered give the cities the means to quantifiably guide their development in the right direction. Due to high population density, the actions cities take also have the most potential to affect large populations at the lowest cost.

Results are possible only by unified effort

Earlier this year, Tieto introduced its new strategy and a model of a networked way of working. At the core of the new model is the goal to bring together the best talent and services across industries and break any silos to better and more efficiently serve our clients and make them more competitive. This is also the exact mentality in the Committed community and the mindset we need in our society in general to tackle the biggest issues, such as climate change, sustainability, and carbon-neutral cities.

Tieto’s core competency is working in and for the data-driven world. Because sustainability and climate change are issues that affect all regardless of domain or function, they need to be solved with a unified effort. As Tieto is an ICT service company, our core capabilities are integrating systems and data sources with digital platforms. Our range of services and solutions address the smart city landscape from traffic, healthcare, governance, energy, resource management, population data management and many more viewpoints, but there is still work to be done in the city sphere to ensure a unified approach.

Data must be combined with physical

We see that building a better, more sustainable future for our cities is doable with more unified data management. Data helps our cities in planning, steering, analysing, focusing, and evaluating the impact of both physical actions and immaterial investments leading to more sustainable operation. The key here is that we need to stop treating our cities as fragmented entities and start looking at the unifying themes that benefit all stakeholders.

The issues, however, are not solved with data and digital solutions alone. Most of the time, there is a physical side that needs to be addressed. One major factor affecting climate change is the energy requirements of cities. As an example, the Committed community provides an impressive toolbox including electric vehicle charging, energy storages, Power2X, geothermal, heat pumps, flexible power, peak and hybrid power, smart energy management and modelling, wind and solar power and even a CO2 marketplace, to name only some.

Tieto sees the Committed community as the next evolutionary step in working together in the physical and digital space to build the infrastructure that will result in a better future for our children and generations to come.

Jyri Kivinen
TietoEVRY Oyj