Belt and Road Initiative & Industry 4.0
28 Apr, 2020

EC-Link Project has been developing a series of research papers focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative, this one focusing towards the importance of Industry 4.0 within BRI.

As the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR) gathers pace, innovations are becoming faster, more efficient and more widely accessible than before. Industry 4.0 technologies and systems are gaining in popularity and application and have the potential to address many of today’s key urban issues and will be of particular relevance to the Belt and Road Initiative.  

New technologies are enabling societal shifts by having an effect on economics, values, identities and possibilities for future generations. Industry 4.0 technologies, and especially Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced urban transportation, smart grids, renewable energy, waste and water management, and urban development, will not only reduce CO2 emissions, but may also improve energy, water and food security, and effectively address other environmental issues.

Cities can reinvent themselves through maximizing opportunities from Industry 4.0, so to reach more sustainable economic, ecological and environmental dimensions. 

Smart cities should aim for integrated solutions that use resources efficiently and effectively and follow low-carbon and inclusive development pathways; contributing to mitigation and adaptation impacts of climate change in cities integrating Industry 4.0 solutions within BRI.

Moreover, relevant areas and potential topics for further cooperation related to BRI Industry 4.0 and climate change in cities are described in the paper such as: resource efficiency in production and purchase, urban renewable energy, circular economy, value-added networks, decentralized energy systems, smart services, new business models and service orientation.

The research paper can be easily downloaded on EC-Link website: