The Circular Economy is worth trillions of dollars to the global economy. It is about the reuse and conservation of resources already available to the economy in ways that drive productivity.
Next-Gen utility and mobility services are transforming communities around the world, offering innovation, jobs, economic growth and resilience and a circular approach to resource management.
Unlike the linear economy, a circular economy drives businesses, products and services opportunities through reuse and recycling including waste and water, renewably generating energy, keeping resources local for the environment and for people, sharing mobility and data. This creates an opportunity to make utilities and services cheaper for people and businesses.
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Precinct Utility & Mobility models
Australians needs a new utility model that is precinct- scale not centralised.
The rapid convergence of utility and mobility solutions enabled by Next-Gen data and Internet of Things (IoT) is future-proofing economies around the world, delivering liveability, sustainability and resilience, and importantly putting downward pressure on utility bills and infrastructure costs.
Australians are missing out on the many benefits the digitisation of infrastructure and services are bringing people, families and businesses around the world – not just significantly reduced household bills but the ability to generate income.
Large command and control centralised infrastructure approaches are more than 75 years old are not suited to the changing data-led economy. Transitioning to 21st century energy, mobility, waste and water businesses and services is now urgent and essential.
Significant rethinking and modernising of government policy, legislation, regulation and market settings needs to occur. Precinct-scale utility and mobility providers require a seat at State planning tables, councils need to be able to procure new solutions, and competitive markets need to be established for new business models and solutions that better meet peoples' needs.
Open Cities envisages a future for Australia characterised by abundance not scarcity.
This is possible by decentralising and democratising our utility and mobility infrastructure and services - giving people a direct financial stake.
Localised precinct-scale sustainable infrastructure solutions and services are growing from within communities, creating a new class of consumer – the prosumer: where customers are more than consumers but also producers. They have the ability to generate free energy from the sun at the home or office and sell the excess, recycle water and waste reaping the financial benefit, avoid the second largest household expense of a car by sharing their mobility, and access free shared data networks to plug in and play at no cost.
Adoption of the following recommendationsensure the Australian people and businesses get a financial stake and benefit from utility and mobility infrastructure.Adoption of the following recommendationsensure the Australian people and businesses get a financial stake and benefit from utility and mobility infrastructure.