Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Local governments struggle to keep pace with the growing demand for energy infrastructure while striving to meet the requirements for livable cities.
As modern cities evolve, the demand for sustainable energy goes beyond access to energy, to include climate friendly resources, resilience, bankability and end-consumer engagement. Digitalization and integration of energy systems offer new solutions and services to meet these demands.
The session will explore the emerging issues, opportunities and challenges local governments and city planners are facing in enhancing the sustainability of energy generation and use in urban context. In the face of growing urban energy use and the ambition set out by SDG7 and the emissions targets set out by the Paris Agreement, how can cities take a proactive approach to increasing the use of renewables and switching to more efficient modes of energy use? The array of technological opportunities to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy is however expanding. Electric vehicles, shared mobility, energy storage, green buildings, district heating and cooling are just some examples. How can city planners identify and optimize the right mix of energy solutions? How can cross-sectoral planning be stimulated in support of sustainable energy solutions? And what barriers prevent cities from adopting cutting edge technologies?
During the session, international and regional experiences will be shared aiming to provide insights in cross-sectoral development of sustainable energy for cities.