Lack of Standards and Regulations

Low carbon and renewable technologies are often subjected to various standards, codes and regulations. However, these standards frequently fail to adapt to the rapidly changing and evolving nature of these technologies. The regulations to which these projects have to apply can therefore be inappropriate, and public authorities can be faced with the uncertainty of which standards apply to each project.

This can inhibit investment, when the technologies developed by numerous smart cities projects are not explicitly recognized by the licensing bodies. In some cases, the public authorities have made no efforts to integrate these new technologies in the certification standards, which constitutes a significant barrier in obtaining the required approvals for initiating a project. 

In order to facilitate investment, the public authorities need to show flexibility in adapting to these rapidly evolving technologies and consistency in the application of standards across projects.