Future cities for strategy implications for the energy transition

05 July 2022 - Published by Sophie Rabasch

On the 12th of May IfM Engage hosted the Future cities: Strategy implications for the energy transition webinar. The session looked at what factors cities and municipalities need to consider when planning for the energy transition. The webinar highlighted the key issues and steps that can be taken by those responsible for planning this process.



What is the need?

Global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have almost achieved the pre-pandemic peak level in 2021[1]. In the past decade, decarbonisation of energy systems has become a focal point of national Net Zero policies as well as of municipal strategies and local initiatives.

The transition to renewable and low-carbon energy sources is a major challenge that leads to significant changes in all areas of the energy value chain, from energy system design to demand side. However, the energy transition is not a process decided just once. It is constantly exposed to new risks and uncertainties that must be considered and assessed at all governance levels.

The webinar was joined by Dr Simon Bennett from the International Energy Agency who presented insights from his work on the World Energy Outlook. The webinar then continued with a presentation by Dr Diana Khripko on the work of the ACCESS project including four pilot projects in cities across Europe that looked at the adoption of low-carbon energy grid developments.

Did you miss the webinar? You can watch the recording here from IfM