Citizens of Europe need energy to move around, be safe and to live their daily lives. As cities expand, so does the demand for energy. Urban energy is required for everything from providing citizens with water, heating and cooling, to other community functions such as powering homes, electrical vehicles, traffic control systems and communications.
Countless changes in the way people, cities and industries use energy, putting pressure on cities, citizens and the environment and also influencing the way we develop urban areas. The theme Urban Energy, describing various facts of sustainable urban development about energy usage, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Did you know..?
- Just one wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power 1,400 homes. Wind energy is a limitless renewable resource: regardless how much is used today, there will be more available tomorrow.
- 13% of the global population still lacks access to modern, reliable electricity supply.
- Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, now generate almost a third of the UK’s electricity.
- Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
“We have an obligation to always point out the alternatives that exist to allow the customer to become more energy efficient and even more climate-smart.”
The road to electrification is within reach. An important step towards net zero carbon emissions. Many new technologies can help us both to use energy smarter and increase energy efficiency to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Magnus Lindén, energy expert at Sweco, tells us more about all the innovations he and his teams are currently working on.
Report: Energy transition: how can you contribute?
The report “Energy Transition: How Can You Contribute?” studies the factors that can effectuate real change in energy consumers’ contribution to the energy transition. In this Urban Insight report Sweco experts team up with scientists to reveal how you can support the energy transition in your daily life.
Report: Beyond the Tipping Point: Future Energy Storage
To limit global warming to below 2°C energy storage capacity needs triple by 2050. Today, only 3 percent of the power capacity is being stored. The report Beyond the Tipping Point: Future Energy Storage explores opportunities associated with energy storage, its role in climate change mitigation, and how misconceptions affect the implementation of new technologies.
Report: Race to Electrification – Norway in Pole Position
The report “Race to Electrification – Norway in Pole Position” analyses the measures required to achieve 100 per cent electrification. The report identifies several possible measures for electrifying the transport, building and industry sectors and summarises the costs and benefits of electrification, using the ongoing electrification in Norway for illustrative purposes.
Report: Reduce, re-use and reimagine – sustainable energy consumption in the city
The report “Reduce, re-use and reimagine – sustainable energy consumption in the city” explores how different techniques can be applied to re-use energy, minimising emissions and waste.
Report: The Limits to Renewable Energy
What would a world with a 100 per cent renewable energy mix look like? And which are the limits to integrate renewable energy? The Urban Insight report The Limits to Renewable Energy explores the use of renewables today and the obstacles for further expansion.
Report: Electricity: how long could we survive without it?
The report Electricity: how long could we survive without it? explores how our cities would be affected by long power outages and how vulnerability to power failures can be reduced.