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Energies 2015, 8(6), 4724-4734; doi:10.3390/en8064724

The Smart City and the Green Economy in Europe: A Critical Approach

Department of Law, University of Turin, Lungo Dora Siena, 100 A 10153 Torino, Italy
Academic Editor: Vincenzo Dovì
Received: 10 April 2015 / Revised: 10 May 2015 / Accepted: 12 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy and Climate Change)
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It is shown in this article that the current European legislation makes the future progress of smart cities critically dependent on the advancement of the green economy and consequently on the further development of energy efficiency and of renewable energy sources. However, the lack of a clear legal framework capable of transforming the current pledges into binding rules at national level can jeopardize the establishment of a more direct and profitable link between the extensive European legislation on energy and environment, and the harmonious and efficient development of smart cities in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; green economy; energy efficiency; renewable energy sources; legal framework; directives; regulations; soft law smart city; green economy; energy efficiency; renewable energy sources; legal framework; directives; regulations; soft law
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Ferrara, R. The Smart City and the Green Economy in Europe: A Critical Approach. Energies 2015, 8, 4724-4734.

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