Cities

Innovative urban responses to the challenge of climate and energy change

5 min.
11/October/2019

A common language can unite energy saving efforts

New York City has been testing a pilot version of a tool developed to estimate emissions from its buildings, potential refits, costs and benefits
4 min.
07/October/2019

Mayors have a duty to respond to climate change

In an interview with FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen, explains why mayors and local authorities are uniquely positioned to lead the energy transition and implement measures to proof their cities against extreme weather
10 min.
07/October/2019

Copenhagen struggles to clear the capital of carbon

A goal to become the first carbon neutral capital city as early as 2025 is at least partly dependent on Denmark’s new national government throwing its weight behind Copenhagen’s aspirations
9 min.
07/October/2019

Put consumption at heart of urban energy transition

Even if many cities are finding it a challenge to meet decarbonisation targets, they have made progress over the last decade and are becoming increasingly ambitious
11 min.
07/October/2019

Size is everything

Beijing determined to slash energy use in buildings
8 min.
07/October/2019

Mission possible: Leuven’s strategy for carbon neutrality

Cooperation and social justice are at the heart of plans by the historic university city of Leuven, Belgium to become carbon neutral, as is the radical idea of giving owners no choice but to energy-renovate their homes

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Supporting the focus on innovative urban responses to the challenge of climate and energy change

13 min.
07/October/2019

The bumpy road to urban electric buses

The economic argument for switching from diesel to electric is gaining strength
6 min.
The deep retrofit of the Empire State Building showcases efficient use of energy, but more will be needed26/September/2019

Better to dance with than challenge an 800 pound gorilla

The deep retrofit of the Empire State Building showcases efficient use of energy, but more will be needed
15 min.
25/September/2019

New York legislates to end era of dirty big buildings

City achieves global first with aggressive retroactive climate rules for building stock
5 min.
Research by Siemens shows the way forward to make district heating in Denmark run on clean energy sources26/April/2019

The path to emissions-free district heating in Denmark

Research by Siemens shows the way forward to make district heating in Denmark run on clean energy sources
15 min.
As the world’s fifth largest economy and a pioneer of environmental laws and policy, all eyes are on California as it turns its attention to freeing its buildings of emissions. Ensuring new houses are equipped with solar panels and that they use no more renewable energy than they consume over the course of the year are top of the list, but existing houses and commercial buildings are also in line for an overhaul as part of the state’s bid to be carbon neutral by 204518/April/2019

World watches as California goes for net zero buildings

California’s policies on the decarbonisation of buildings can become a model of what works in a thriving economy and what measures should be adopted more broadly in the US and beyond
8-9 min.
After achieving its own clean energy transition, the Danish island of Samsø is now advising towns and regions worldwide how to follow in its footsteps, and sees its next role as a test ground for innovative energy solutions02/November/2018

Lessons from an island go around the world

After achieving its own clean energy transition, the Danish island of Samsø is now advising towns and regions worldwide how to follow in its footsteps, and sees its next role as a test ground for innovative energy solutions
4-5 min.
Ensuring land use planning and transport policies are on the same page is vital if Auckland, New Zealand is to reduce emissions and meet its low carbon goals10/October/2018

Driving the transition

Ensuring land use planning and transport policies are on the same page is vital if Auckland, New Zealand is to reduce emissions and meet its low carbon goals
7-8 min.
14/September/2018

Tübingen gives rooftop solar an extra nudge

Despite the massive amount of solar power output in Europe this summer and the technology’s falling prices, building owners are still reluctant to put panels on their roofs. Tübingen, Germany is introducing legislation to force change
4-5 min.
Climate adaptation has become an integrated part of urban planning in Vejle, where water is seen as a positive asset rather than a problem to solve18/June/2018

Positive thinking

Vejle, one of Denmark’s largest towns, has decided to work with, rather than against, the water that surrounds it and the increased threat of flooding from climate change through projects focused on environmental and social goals
6-7 min.
District heating the Danish way11/April/2018

Europe heads for low carbon heating the Danish way

District heating, where heat from a central generator is distributed underground to warm a network of homes or businesses, is commonplace in Denmark and other Nordic and Baltic countries, but, until now, it has remained a rarity elsewhere in Europe
4-5 min.
Despite an increase in sales in recent years, electric cars remain a novelty in many countries. One street in Norway, however, is miles ahead04/April/2018

Electric avenue

Despite an increase in sales in recent years, electric cars remain a novelty in many countries. One street in Norway, however, is miles ahead. Out of the 150 families living on Søndre Vei, a street outside Oslo, nearly 90% of them drive electric cars.
1-2 min.
In Copenhagen EnergyLab Nordhavn are experimenting with batteries14/November/2017

An urban energy battery trial

A dockland regeneration in Copenhagen is doubling up as a full scale energy laboratory, complete with an integrated battery bank
6-7 min.
Coastal protection can pay for itself14/November/2017

Coastal protection can pay for itself

Coastal protection is expensive, but as a warming climate increases the risk of violent storms and floods, those living by the sea have little choice but to pay out. The Netherlands is leading the way with innovative solutions that stop the tide and boost business. Such an approach could also inspire the funding of climate change adaptation measures more generally.
4-5 min.
07/July/2017

A waste incinerator with a rooftop ski run

A unique engineering project has raised the bar for efficient energy capture from incineration of garbage and provided a sports facility in an urban location
2-3 min.
07/July/2017

Circular funding of energy savings

The value of energy-saving improvements at a shopping mall is sufficient to pay back the loan from the contractor that carried out the work and financed it
3-4 min.
17/March/2017

Cloudburst management the Copenhagen way

Splitting the bill between water utilities and the city budget made financing Copenhagen’s cloudburst plan possible
5-6 min.
17/March/2017

Learning by sharing

Instead of reinventing the wheel, just learn from those who have already done it. Cities are busy doing just that as they look for ways to adapt to climate change and build more liveable urban spaces.
6-7 min.
11/October/2016

Keeping it cool

First there was district heating, now there is district cooling and in Copenhagen it comes from seawater
5-6 min.
11/October/2016

Every drop counts

Tough legislation in Denmark has prompted development of highly advanced technology to detect leaks from the water mains
6-7 min.
10/July/2016

Copenhagen firms up a fluffy concept

Collecting and mining data lies at the heart of making cities smarter
3-4 min.
06/July/2016

Self sufficient sewage

Turning muck into money is no problem for this sewage treatment plant, which produces more energy than it consumes
5-6 min.
06/July/2016

A big green house

Development of sustainable buildings is moving fast, pushing them to being energy producers rather than energy consumers. One example is UN City in Denmark
5-6 min.
05/July/2016

Urban landscapes for a wetter future

Shallow drainage architecture can save money. And teach children about the Fibonacci spiral
8-9 min.
05/July/2016

India takes bumpy road to smartness

The future is urban and India wants to pave the way by building 100 new smart cities by 2020
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