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The 2.3-hectare city has 362 buildings, including the apartment buildings, schools, kindergartens and a health complex. A complete conversion to renewable energy will take place within five years after the city opening. In addition to clean energy to be used, the city will be distinguished by the use of automated safety systems to monitor traffic accidents, as well as difficulties of using the city’s infrastructure by the disabled people.
The Smart Town concept is much like the project of the Olympic Village in Tokyo implemented on the eve of the 2020 Summer Games, using hydrogen technology. Housing for the athletes was supplied with the hydrogen-generated electricity. At the same time, a number of environmentally friendly solutions were introduced during the Games: the podiums for Olympic medalists were made of plastic waste, the medals – from precious metals of the used cell phones, and the beds in the living rooms were made of the recycled cardboard.
However, due to the pandemic, the Games in Tokyo were postponed until 2021, and the competitions were held without the presence of foreign fans; due to that, the organisers’ efforts did not receive proper coverage. Therefore, a greater resonance was caused by the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which was 100% powered by renewable energy generated by the solar, wind and hydro power plants located in the city district of Zhangjiakou, 200 km away from the Chinese capital. The energy was supplied by a high-voltage direct current line, allowing electricity to be transported over long distances. As a result, 128,000 tons of coal were saved, and 320,000 tons of CO2 emissions avoided during the Winter Games.