Inspiring Examples of International Cooperation Boosting Energy Efficiency Measures

Inspiring Examples of Energy Efficiency in Cities
Raising Ambition to Cut Emissions

United Nations Climate Change Newsroom, May 29, 2015. Image credit: geralt

Cities account for 70 per cent of global energy use and for 40 to 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Urban areas are projected to grow rapidly over the coming years, so reducing the amount of energy consumed in cities is central to the fight against climate change. The sectors with the greatest potential to save energy are buildings, district energy, transport and lighting.

Examples International Cooperation in the Lighting and Transport Sectors

For example, Indonesia’s current energy production – primarily from coal – is rising alongside its recent economic growth. To increase energy efficiency, the country has proposed a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) dubbed the Street Smart Lighting Initiative (SSLI) that aims to increase the efficiency of lighting by substituting conventional street lighting with more efficient technologies in cities and urban areas. UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres visited a similar project in the Philippines earlier this year.

Buildings and District Energy Central to Urban Climate Action

Intelligent heating and cooling systems which apply to entire cities are also crucial for urban energy efficiency. A recent report by the UN Environmental Programme shows that transition to modern district energy systems could contribute to 60 per cent of required energy sector emissions reductions by 2050, and reduce primary energy consumption by up to 50 per cent.

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