Written by ESG’s Managing Director, Mark Johnston-Wood
In September 2017, we attended The Smart City Conference in Shenzhen, China.
The event was focused on innovation and change and over the two days there were speeches from leading private sector and government organisations.
Will Johnston-Wood and myself presented The Beacon® Assessment, explaining how to identify savings and efficiencies; releasing resources and improving compliance and sustainability.
Organisations that have property portfolios don’t always realise the need for an assessment, they continue in chaos with high costs and inefficiencies. A proposed merger, a business-critical failure or the need to raise funds is the catalyst for assessing strategy. Creating and managing a portfolio of properties is a highly complex process, the complexity increases when an organisation expands, undertakes a merger, or an unexpected event occurs. Organisations can save a vast amount of money and other resources, when they understand their portfolio and how to manage it efficiently.
Our presentation included case studies from major companies and health care organisations. It showed that when a targeted assessment of business-critical information is reviewed a change plan can be created and an improvement programme produced.
Other presentations included traffic and congestion reduction and space optimisation in buildings.
Representatives of the Chinese Government spoke about “The Belt and Road Initiative” which is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese Government. This multi-billion pound project for the next century, focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, primarily the People’s Republic of China, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road.
It was impressive to see how advanced Chinese cities are in terms of their infrastructure, processes and systems, this was one of my personal highlights of the conference, learning how China is developing so incredibly quickly and on such a vast scale. I also enjoyed meeting all the Chinese delegates and discussing with them their aspirations for the future, their latest innovations and visiting a Smart City that has only been built in the last 15 years.