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How Amsterdam is building a zero-emissions city

20 September 2016

Nick Michell looks at how the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, through its Zero Emissions Cities project, is striving to develop an approach to get cities onto a zero-emissions pathway

Urban areas consume over 70 percent of the world’s energy and contribute 70 to 80 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Rapid urbanisation will further increase GHG emissions, which is why many city authorities around the world are making ambitious...

Agreed Draft of the New Urban Agenda

20 September 2016

The New Urban Agenda draft has finally been agrred on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016 and it will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will...

Glasgow unveils UK’s first city resilience strategy

20 September 2016

Produced as part of Glasgow’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, the resilience strategy is based on a lengthy and detailed conversation with 3,500 Glaswegians. The strategy examines how individuals, communities, businesses and institutions can continue to grow despite the challenges created by a modern, urban setting.

The ‘Resilient Glasgow’ Strategy details almost 50 different actions intended to create a stronger and more...

4 facts about utility transformation: #3 – The decarbonization agenda speeds up

20 September 2016

The second post in this series – #2 – We have economic growth, even as the use of electricity is declining – discussed electricity consumption and economic trends in society. But there are other trends that also have great impact on the utility industry and its transformation:...

Smart City 2.0: Transforming Cities Into Self-Learning, Self-Modulating Organisms

26 August 2016

From 30,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking that a city has a pulse. On camera, time-lapse photography of the morning in-rush of traffic, followed by the evening exodus, looks like a beating heart. The road networks in and out of cities create constant streams of cars—they are the veins that transfer cars out to its extremities. Zoom out even further, and footage taken over a longer period reveals how the city grows as its borders expand. Its power network simulates the electrical...

Top Smart Cities in the world today

26 August 2016

According to Frost & Sullivan, the global Smart Cities market is projected to reach US$1.56 trillion by 2020. With rapid urbanization and ageing populations, cities are facing increasing strain on infrastructure, transportation, energy and healthcare resources. To address these urban challenges, governments are embracing the concept of the smart city and looking to apply new technologies to improve sustainability, liveability and quality of life for citizens. We take a look at some of...

EC recommendations on promotion of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

26 August 2016

On July 29th 2016, the European Commission released its guidelines for the promotion of NZEBs and best practices that, by 2020, all new buildings are NZEBs.

Nearly Zero Energy- or very low amount of energy requirements- Buildings (NZEBs) represent one of the key measures set by the European Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD). The concept of nZEBs will apply from...

4 facts about utility transformation: #2 – We have economic growth, even as the use of electricity is declining!

26 August 2016

Continuing on the same note as in the first post in this series, “#1 – the days of solid growth and margins are over”, today we’ll present some more numbers on electricity consumption and the utility industry that raise eyebrows. For example, many still see increased electricity consumption as a precondition for...

European Commission publishes latest energy, transport and emission projections in EU Reference Scenario 2016

27 July 2016

The European Commission has released its latest outlook – the EU Reference Scenario 2016 - which projects energy, transport and greenhouse gas emissions trends in the EU up until 2050.

The Reference Scenario is a projection of where our current set of policies coupled with market trends are likely to lead. The EU has set ambitious objectives for 2020, 2030 and 2050 on climate and energy, so the...