Webinar: UBC TALKS about low carbon energy solutions in cities

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 09:30 to 11:00

Developing low-carbon energy systems is a cornerstone of achieving cities carbon neutrality targets set in cities' climate and energy plans. Cities and municipalities have an important role in leading the shift towards low-carbon energy systems. Sustainability and carbon neutrality targets need to be taken into account in all levels and phases of the process from overall city and regional planning to detailed planning and from building and constructions to using the buildings in a smart way.

Cooperation between local authorities, energy companies, companies providing energy solutions as well as citizens and users is needed to find the most cost effective and carbon neutral energy solutions on district and building level.

The webinar will showcase examples from cities in the Baltic Sea region on implementing sustainable energy solutions as well as present a new funding instrument - European City facility that supports local investments in sustainable energy. In the webinar we will hear results from two pilots implemented in Turku and Tampere within Energy Wise Cities – a cooperation project between 6 biggest cities in Finland. The cities had the aim to boost the role of the participating cities towards international example areas of energy-efficient housing, zero energy construction, diversified energy systems, energy efficiency monitoring and end user guidance.  Turku will focus on how life cycle assessment and carbon footprint calculation is used as part of city’s building projects. Tampere will showcase how to create an urban district that produces more energy than it consumes.

In addition, Area 21 project, also a cooperation project, will present the Energy Improvement District (EID) Concept. It is a framework to support local collaboration in energy planning. Involved stakeholders can substantially profit from synergies generated by this cooperation. The presentation will include a case example from the Politechnic University St. Petersburg where the concept has been implemented. Next to energy improvements of buildings, the University and students work closely together to increase awareness and energy savings. This is especially interesting as students have no economic incentivive.

Contact: Maija Rusanen, maija.rusanen(at)turku.fi, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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