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International local government news 09.07.24


Here are the latest newsworthy and interesting stories from the local government sector that caught our attention. In this round-up of what’s happening right now in the world of local government, you’ll find best practices, inspiration, and more from across the sector.

SPAIN: World’s first beach cleaning robot trialled in Valencia
This summer will see the launch of the world’s first beach cleaning robot, in a test across the City of Valencia’s sand strips. The PlatjaBot is AI powered and will autonomously to clean coasts across the 2024 European Green Capital. The robot can collect up to 10 centimetres of soil at a time to sift and seperate rubbish, which can then be emptied into waste containers at the beach. On one charge, the robot can clean five square kilometres of beach, and collect up to 330 units of waste per square kilometre.
The Mayor

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne switches on its first community battery
As part of a bid to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030, the City of Melbourne has switched on the first Power Melbourne community battery, as part of a pilot power netwrok. More batteries are set to be installed later this year to help the council achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. The community batter is hoped to improve access to affordable renewable energy for residents and businesses, and will be linked to a Community Benefit Fund to support local renewable projects. The batteries will charge in the day and release energy into the grid when it’s needed most. Each battery will also feature artwork designed by local Melbourne creatives.

SOUTH KOREA: Autonomous bus integrated within Seoul transportation system
After an 11-month trial, Seoul’s Cheongwadae Autonomous Bus will begin paid service as an integrated part of the public transport system. The autonomous bus will cover a 2.6km route, stopping at five locations every 15 minutes, for a standard fare. In its trial period, the bus reported a large number of users and a high satisfaction rate, with some 45,621 local and international passengers.

POLAND: First low-emission zone comes to Warsaw
The first of its kind in Poland, and one of the first in all of Eastern Europe, Warsaw inaugurated its first low-emission zone last monday. In the city centre, diesel and petrol cars older than 18 or 27 years old respectively are now banned. By 2032, diesel and petrol vehicles older than 11 and 17 years old will be prohibited. Exemptions are in place for school buses, vintage vehicles and cars owned by seniors aged over 70.
Radio Poland

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