In a series of articles, the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) Smart Cities team intends to feed what they call the ‘Smart City 2.0 debate’.

Paradoxes Of A Smart City – Part 1: Efficiency Increase Vs Absolute Consumption

Taken from ICLEI blog


Based on three smart cities case-studies, among which Barcelona and Amsterdam, they arrived to the conclusion that smart cities are not only about technology but rather about an integrated definition of sustainable development strategies.

Through a series of articles, the team will therefore try to address questions arising from ‘smart city paradoxes’. The first article focuses on the Jevons Paradox, describing “a phenomenon where a system may use more energy or resources, or generate more emissions overall, when it becomes more efficient”.



The original article, written by Bohyun Kim (ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn) can be read by clicking on the following link:


On 1-2 June 2016, the ICLEI conference at Metropolitain Solutions 2016 will take place in Berlin, Germany.

More information on this event are available here.