The Role of Renewables in Megacities
Day: 13th September, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 13:30
Urbanisation is on the rise globally. 3.7 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – now live in urban areas, producing 80% of world’s GDP, using about two-thirds of primary energy and accounting for 70% of total energy-related CO2 emissions. By 2050 it is estimated that two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas generating 85% of GDP. This development puts urban areas under pressure to decouple their growth in urban energy use and carbon emissions from GDP and population growth while ensuring continued access to energy and infrastructure services. Megacities and other growing urban areas are therefore at the heart of a sustainable energy future. However, ensuring clean and renewable energy supply within city limits is not yet a major focus.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
Rapid urbanisation challenges policy-makers and urban planners alike. What are successful integrated urban planning approaches that address the energy needs of all three energy sectors with other urban challenges such as water and food provision, improved air and quality of life?
There is no “one-size-fits-all-approach” for local governments to promote a sustainable urban energy future due to different geographical locations, climatic conditions and the unique features of highly urbanised regions. However, cities can learn from each other. What are some examples that can be shared?
Do you agree that cities have unique position as piloting areas for innovative renewable energy policies? What types of renewable energy policies and measures currently implemented at the local government level could be a model for other cities or applied at the national level?
The existence of a largely non-renewable centralised energy system with that of a municipal with high shares of RE might create tensions. The same is true when jurisdictional control over energy supply lies with the national government. How can these tensions be resolved? How can the local and national level work together to achieve synergies?
Unlocking financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency is key for cities to deliver on their commitments towards a 100% RE future. Where do you currently see as the main barriers to unlocking this financing? What needs to be done to accelerate municipal access to finance and what form could it take?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City Manager –TBC
Other Panelists TBC